There's something about the overall tone and form of this book that makes me feel the Church is mellowing and maturing. Maybe it's the aging of the main authors. The unending battles against the Conspiracy and its Pink minions are bound to wear on even the stoutest SubGenius constitution. Maybe their style of exegesis has become polished through the years. But polish isn't really a good thing in this church.
Let me contrast it with the Church's two previous major holy books. This book is physically smaller. Unlike the others, it fits comfortably into your hands. Ahhhh .... The print type used is larger and easier on the eyes, and is used through most all of the book. This book is much more conducive to being read through cover to cover. It flows more smoothly. The other books would tear your psyche to shreds if you tried to read them straight through. Long time listeners to the Hour of Slack will recognize that many snippets of Devival rants have been put into written form here.
Things explained in the other two books are explained yet again here. Stang's writing style has become frighteningly coherent. He's dang near logical! We need to look to the book's other contributers to bring back the good ol' insane writing style, as provided by writers like Rev. Susie, Dr. Legume, and especially Nenslo. Sheer obscenity can't shock us here. Stang is aging, and he hits us with many hard truths he has learned from life and "Bob" over that time. Hard sayings in a smooth writing style seem like a strange combination, not always effective. He doesn't give us any kinds of encouragements, except reasoning with us to forgo suicide so "Bob" can do with us what he will. Beyond that, it seems like gloom and doom.
The collages and art work are good, but not quite so wildly imaginative as in the other two books. They suffer because of the book's smaller size. They cry out for color, but "Bob" made them black and white so he could pocket the savings.
This book goes over familiar old material in a rather mellow way. Harsh words are mitigated by a smoother writing style. It's certainly a worthwhile (need I say mandatory) purchase, though it won't rock your world like the other two books did. But remember, "Bob" is watching to see who buys and who doesn't. Act accordingly.