Well, I will try to get in a commentary for a book before I have to jump on my plane from Sydney to Melbourne. Yep, I am sitting at the Domestic Terminal at Sydney airport drinking tea and paying close attention to the announcements as it is currently 12:30 and my plane leaves at 1:10 pm. Mind you, as I make my way around here I just cannot help but think that I prefer Hong Kong airport much more, but maybe that has something to do with the fact that when I catch a plane out of Hong Kong I try to arrive there three hours prior to departure (or four) which means I have a lot more time. Also, there is no such thing as a domestic airport in Hong Kong because all flights out are international.
Anyway this book is a book of maps, or more precisely building plans, and I actually found that it is quite useful. There are actually less words in this book than there are in Street Samurai Catalogue, which is probably because everything in this book is self explanatory. Want a map for a fast food restaurant – got one. Want a map for a shopping mall – got one. Want a map for a penthouse apartment – got one. Mind you, you probably don't need this book because, well, every shopping centre that I have been to is different. For instance the ones in Australia tend to have wide malls, and large open areas, but the ones in Hong Kong do not (and the ones in China are even tighter, especially the one in Shenzen).
Okay, as I said I liked this book, but the more that I think about it and the more that I write here, the less of a need I actually feel that this book has. Simply put, having a map of a small, medium, or large shop may be helpful but not necessary. How many times do you actually go into a shop like that, and if you want to know what is out the back you can probably find something on the internet. As for apartments, even penthouse apartments, you can find floor plans quite easily on the internet.
Well, yes, this book was released before there was any real definable internet, but even then you could get floor plans from newspapers, and as I mentioned before, how many times do you walk into a shop. If you don't know what is out the back of your local supermarket you can always ask one of your friends who actually works in one (that is if you have any friends who have jobs, or if you have any friends, but if you do still roleplay in a group I suspect that you do).