I finally had the chance to take a proper look at my copy today. And I'm disappointed. It looks like a school textbook, with the enormous margins and all the generic stock photos. If they took out the stock photos, I'm guessing the book would be only half as long.
A lot of the content feels generic, too; I may learn a few things, but what I've read so far falls flat.
Having been disappointed in the first volume of the series, too, I probably shouldn't have backed the second volume, but I wanted to follow through and get the whole set. I seem to recall that there would eventually be a third volume? My feeling right now is that if there is, I'll skip it.
It's odd, as I love Lo Scarabeo, and all of the authors involved in the project are noted experts. But this book, for me, was a let-down.
For the record, since there seems to be discussion of a bookmark -- mine did not come with one. It did come with some small prints of cards from the Tarot Illuminati, and with a drawstring bag featuring an image from the Cattarot.
“Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol