creative, i like it. careful on the addendums though, the "this is not a toy!" thing is a tad overused, though generally amusing, yes.
Date: 25 Mar 2010 10:20
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This is an interesting idea, but the implementation is poor. I find the addenda particularly tonewrecking, with the overdetailed and awkwardly phrased instructions for use coming close second. Much as I hate to do it, because I really like this concept, I've downvoted this untill the writing is tightened up.
I came here to say the exact same stuff, but then I saw this post, and just figured that I'd second it.
I like this, +1'd. I think it would be better to just have the book be poly-lingual, though, rather than having it only understand Latin unless the word doesn't exist in Latin, in which case the book is poly-lingual. That's just nonsensical. It would be more fitting as a criminal tool, anyway, if use of the book isn't just restricted to classicists.
I'm sorry, this is too much of a legal Death Note for my taste. It's not that it's an unoriginal idea, it's rather that it's just a useful tool for accomplishing shady deeds more than it is a source of horror itself.
If you intend to keep this, I recommend that the book only work in Latin: you'll just have to do your best within the constraints of the language.
I do think it is a cool idea, indeed. Unfortunately, I want one, because I am an evil person… and I have studied Latin, the Roman Republic, and associated areas.
As a suggestion? Force it to all be in Latin, and squeeze modern concepts into something that you could explain to a citizen of the Roman Republic. That raises the bar of difficulty to just use it a bit higher, I think, and goes better with the theme. Not only that, but it would help people who were skilled practitioners, since you wouldn't need to work out how to explain a personal computer over and over again.
That would tend to give a sense of power to the habitual user as well. Nothing by the artifact itself, just by the old adage of Power Corrupts. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?