This is my first one-star review that I've given any book (even that, only because they did not have a zero-star option). I had this book for my genetics class last semester (spring '99). I found the book to be written in a research paper style rather than in a textbook language.
Those of you in the field would say that's exactly the style a genetics book should have. I disagree. It is not about making an already diffucult subject even more difficult and inaccessable. It is about presenting the subject so that the student can learn as much as possible out of it. It is about making the student want to stick to the book. The book definitely failed to accomplish this both in my case and for most of my classmates.
Some of you might think my reason for hating this book is that I failed the class: I actually ranked #1 at the end of the course (My name is E. Pone, a senior bio student at Palm Beach Atlantic College, W. P. Beach, Florida). I am a good student (4.0 GPA) and as far as textbooks are concerned, I am one of those people that like the smell of a new textbook, and can't wait till a new book or edition comes out (by the way, I hope a new edition of this one never comes out).
I read the whole book, did a lot of problems (and as I said did quite well on the class) but strangely found myself dozzing off wile trying to go through this book.
Another factor why I so disliked the book was the contrast of the book to the lecturing style of my proffessor, Dr. Goss: an outstanding fellow, and clear as crystal.
Bottom line: I'd rather read a scientifically incorrect textbook written from someone with an M.E., than a research paper type of book from some big-ego Ph.D. So, if any of you out there is like me, do yourselves a favor and buy another book. You won't need a lot of depth at this point, you don't need details on every line -- you'll get that in grad school or on the job. All you need is a good introduction to the concepts (for the fifth time, this book fails to do precisely that).