Whether you look at this book for its material, practicality of use, OR aesthetics, I have to honestly say that this is a 5-star book in every way.
I've been a life-long fan of quotations. I just love it when I see a really great thought summarized in a brilliantly simple line or two. I keep a personal compilation of favorite quotes in several MS Word docs on my computer, always adding to it when I come across a new quote that I really like.
Unfortuantely, a lot of the quotations I see on calendars, day planners, bumper stickers, and other places are just...soft. They're more about self-righteousness than food for thought. Most quotations are just irrelevant Bible quotes, or uninspiring rehashes of the golden rule, or simply devoid of any logic (like this ridiculous "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" sticker that everybody has on their bumpers. First of all, an "eye for an eye" means "let the punishment fit the crime", not revenge. Even then, you don't HAVE any eye poking if people learn to mind their own business in the first place!)
Enter "The Book of Satanic Quotations". Whether you identify as an atheist, freethinker, Objectivist, misanthropist, social darwinist, rational hedonist, or just a general non-conformist, you'll find no shortage of devilishly lovable quotes in this book. There's certainly no shortage of religion bashing quotes, but that's far from being the only subject. The quotes are arranged alphabetically by author, and the topic index makes it easy to look up a theme and find a slew of relevant quotes.
The editor also stresses the point that a good quote is a good quote, regardless of who it comes from, so to whine "Why is Fredrick Douglas in this book?!? He was a Christian!" is to miss the point. These are all well-selected quotes, whether they come from ancient philosophers or modern rock stars. They show the world and life as they truly are, not "ought" to be. In a world where most people seem to praise conformity, mediocrity, and outdated religious dogma, the kinds of quotes here become quite "Satanic" to the status quo indeed.
Of course there IS already a non-theistic religion that incorporates freethought, epicurean philosophy, and all of those other things mentioned earler: Satanism. Not devil worship (which is just based on old folklore, church propaganda stories, and tacky horror movies), but rather the actual philosophy of Satanism, codefied by Anton Szandor LaVey, author of "The Satanic Bible". And that IS after all what it truly means to be devilish: witty, shamelessly indulgent, clever, and questioning. Appropriately, there are plenty of quotes from him and other actual Satanists. But instead of purely going for the obvious quotes from The Satanic Bible, the editor made a point of using equally good quotes from many out-of-print articles, interviews and other obscure sources.
This is NOT some copy and paste job from a few "quote" websites either. The editor went through the long and hard process of verifying every quote whenever possible, listing specific sources. That's more that can be said for the mass-forwarded internet posts, usually falsely attributed to different celebrities (here's a hint folks: 99% of the stuff on the internet that's attributed to George Carlin, isn't from him!)
And as if the content wasn't enough, the book in and of itself was put together EXTREMELY well. I have seen so many "self-published" books over the years that are filled with spelling mistakes, no index or table of contents, off-set margins, etc. Trust me when I say this is NOT a bunch of paper and pixelated pictures stolen from the web and randomly stapled together in some guy's basement. This is top-notch professional work. My jaw dropped when I flipped through it for the first time. It's also filled with beautiful medieval lithographs.
So if you're sick of the same old "Chicken Soup for the Soul", Oprah book club, "I'm OK, you're OK" stuff, or other forms of self-righteousness wrapped in bad advice, and you're looking for the diabolical antithesis (read: fun, witty, practical, and not sugar-coated), then do get this book. This is the kind of book you'll find yourself going back to and flipping through for years to come.