I'm planning on self-studying linear algebra, and trying to decide on a book. I'm thinking of using Hoffman and Kunze.
What sort of experience is required to handle Hoffman and Kunze?
So far, I've read most of Axler's Linear Algebra Done Right. (It was for a class in high school, so we just worked through it and got as far as we got.) I feel like I understand it pretty well, and I really liked it, but I've read that it has a rather unusual approach and I would like to try something different.
I've read that Hoffman and Kunze is good, but that it is heavy on the algebra. I'm not sure how do calibrate that, though. Does it mean "Don't use it for linear algebra for engineers" or "You should have a year of algebra, but if you have that, it's not a big deal". (I guess it's somewhere in between.)
I specifically like that it includes a strong emphasis on matrices, which are pointedly ignored in Axler, without devolving into being just a manual for computation.
This is my impression of the book from having read around (mostly here), but if something of it is wrong, please correct me. I have very little experience to provide comparison and normalize the different recommendations I've read.