Reading this book cover to cover is like reading a chapter a week of Lord of the Flies or To Kill a Mockingbird in high school English class with a teacher who grades your reading journal and breaks down every paragraph out loud so everyone can really learn to Appreciate Literature. I do not recommend approaching it that way if you want to maintain momentum.
I DO, however, recommend using this book as a diagnostic and prescriptive tool. Its table of contents makes it an accessible handbook for improving your fiction once you’ve identified your weak spots.
The examinations and analyses throughout the book are thorough and specific and excellent for the writer who wants an intensive course in Getting It Right. This is a solid resource; I’d shelve it in Reference with the other hefty tomes kept safe within sight of the librarian’s desk.