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In my mailbox … or why my mailman hates me

Today, my poor mailman walked to my front door ( in the heat and humidity of Florida ) and dropped off 4 books. You just know he hates me…

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SAM_0046I can almost hear his grumbling even now. At any rate, Weiser was very good to me. The Weiser folks sent me a copy of a booklet celebrating their 60 years of publishing. It’s packed with quotes from many of the authors published by Weiser.

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The books are “The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives” by Judika Illes, “The Witches Almanac” issue 37, and “The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags” by Leafar. As you know, the best time for reading a Weiser Book is during the Fall but these books will not  last that long — bwahahahahaa.

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Barry rant

 

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Ghoultown “Bury Them Deep”

Can you tell that I’m getting in the Halloween mood???

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2017 in Barry rant

 

Review: Tarot Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need

Tarot Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever NeedTarot Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need by Leanna Greenaway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I guess at this point I have read about 4 of Greenaway’s books. For the most part, I have enjoyed them and I’ve scored them in the 3 to 4 star range. As you can guess from the title, the book introduces the reader to the basics of Tarot.
I think that Greenaway covered the subject very well but I would like to have seen more. It was as if all of the tools were there but Greenaway came up just short of turning the key. For my money, I’d suggest Sasha Fenton’s “Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards” also published by Hampton Roads. I think Fenton gives you a little more bang for the buck.
That being said, “Tarot Plain & Simple” is a fine introduction to Tarot.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on September 15, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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Hillary fiction?

I thought that I would leave the political stuff alone but I can resist this one. BTW, I have read that Amazon is deleting 1 star reviews of her book.

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Posted by on September 15, 2017 in Barry rant

 

In my mailbox: Tarot Plain & Simple

Life after Irma is returning to normal. I missed getting the trash out my the road ( in my defense they did say that there was no trash pickup today — but there was). My neighbor’s mail was in my front yard ( I guess it blew out of his box — again). The mailman crammed a book into my mailbox. You know, my usual morning.

Thank you Weiser for the cool-looking book Tarot Plain & Simple by Leanna Greenaway. The book will be available October 1st.
9781571747709link: http://redwheelweiser.com/detail.html?id=9781571747709

Before you begin this introduction to Tarot, you may ask yourself, “Am I psychic?” The surprising answer: the Tarot deck is the best possible way to find out! Follow this guide and uncover your gifts, while you explore the mysteries of the Tarot through the clear directions and explanations. Start from how to choose the right Tarot deck, and care for it to enhance its power. In addition to both traditional and modern explanations for all 78 cards, you’ll find exercises to develop your reading ability, six different spreads, advice on doing a reading for someone who’s in a different location, and–for times when you have no Tarot deck–instructions for doing a reading with regular playing cards.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Barry rant

 

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I’m a little twisted

Is it just me or did anyone else hope for a “sharknado moment” every time a reporter covered the hurricane in the rain.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Barry rant

 

Irma is visiting

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WIN_20170708_11_58_03_ProHurricane Irma is visiting my state so it is time for the weather radio and a book. I am reading “A Kiss Before Doomsday” by Laurence MacNaughton and published by Pyr.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Barry rant

 

Review: Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s

Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the '70s and '80sPaperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful book. Packed with book covers from the 70’s and 80’s, “Paperbacks from Hell” takes you on a nostalgic trip of horror. I loved every minute of it.
Hendrix strikes the right cord of horror, nostalgia, and humor, as he walks us through the bizarre tales of my youth. This book really brought back some memories of splurges made with allowance money.
In addition to being a fun read, “Paperbacks from Hell” is a beautiful book. I intend to leave this one of the coffee table through Halloween.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on September 6, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Review: Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic

Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse MagicOdin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic by Diana L. Paxson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A turkey-and-cheese sandwich completed the process of linking spirit and body again.” Read as I was eating a turkey and cheese sandwich. Okay Diana, you got my attention.
Sometimes a book falls into your hands at just the right moment — so it was for me with this one. I was ready to explore someone’s Norse-based spiritual system. I enjoyed reading about Odin, there is just so much more to Odin than I knew. While I enjoyed reading Bullfinch’s Mythology, I want and need more. I plan to try some of the books in Paxson’s “suggested reading”.
I also enjoyed reading about Odin’s myths and Paxson’s rituals. On the downside, the music didn’t really do anything for me. I also didn’t care for the interior artwork.
That being said, the book is excellent. While Paxson shared her Odin with us, she shared a lot more of herself and that is the real magic of any book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Red Wheel/Weiser. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Esoteric Book Reviews

 

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Things I’d like to have in my Library

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Things I’d like to have in my library, a skull, an ankh, an attractive redhead …

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Barry rant

 
 
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