A pleasant surprise...and I'm glad!
City Builder Volume 8: Scholarly Places found its way into my colection, though at first I wasn't sure if I'd ever really use it. I play a lot of Sci-Fi genre games and places like the Alchemists’ Workshops, Fortune Tellers, and Wizards’ Towers almost never exist in such games, but since I have all the other volumes of this set...I thought I'd give it a read.
As the description mentions, there are sections devoted to descriptions of Academies, Alchemists’ Workshops, Fortune Tellers, Libraries, Scriptoriums, Scrollshops, and Wizards’ Towers; all very well detailed verbally (no maps here, folks!) and the adventure hooks could also prove to be very useful. However, what I found the most useful were the sections on academies, libraries, scriptoriums and believe it or not, fortune tellers. Once I read through these sections, I couldn't rest until I found a way to incorporate them into my game (and I did, by the way!). Great details and a lot of really good information for GMs looking to flesh out those "other buildings" on the game map that you always gloss over on the way to the tavern. :)
One ot the things I failed to mention in other reviews is the fact that this entire series thus far has both high-res and low-res versions of the books, for both ease of screen reading as well as light on the printer cartridge. I only wish that others would tap into that wisdom!
Combine this series and one of the other map-related series out here at RPGNow and you've got yourself a great detailed city, with only the need to flesh out the key characters and background. Lots of great ideas here!!