In my mailbox: Black City Demon

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Last night, I received another book in the mail. I’m like a kid at Christmas when the delivery guy drops a package on my porch. This time I received a copy of “Black City Demon” by Richard Knaak and published by Pyr. I want to thank the folks at Pyr for sending me this free advanced reading copy. The book will be available March 14th 2017.

51dw9g1hyel-_sx329_bo1204203200_Since he became the guardian of the Gate between our world and Feirie sixteen hundred years ago, Nick Medea, once Saint George, has battled to keep the darkest Feirie–the Wyld–from invading the mortal plane. With the dragon an unwilling part of him, Nick maintains balance between realms, often at great cost to him and those nearest to him.

Nick and his ragtag confederates–including the shape-shifter Fetch and Nick’s reincarnated love, Claryce–have battled the Wyld, but mortals as sinister as the darkest Feirie. Now, with Prohibition in full swing and bootlegger wars embattling Chicago, a murderous evil born of the mortal world has turned its attention to the power of the Gate…and Nick himself.

Why I hate Windows

book-1851268_960_720I use Windows and Manjaro Linux. I have in the past used several Linux OS’ and I’ve used Windows since Windows 3.1. I don’t just dislike what Windows has become — I hate it.

This morning, I sat down with my coffee to check my emails. My computer seemed a little slow but my emails eventually arrived. I decided to boot up my favorite MMO Guild Wars 2 and it failed to connect. How odd? On my third try, I finally connected to Guild Wars and noticed a little lag. The little lag turned into “completely frozen”.  The culprit Windows was updating.

Windows had sucked the life out of my bandwidth with “no” warning. At least with Manjaro  tells me that updates are available and I download my updates when I want them.  Come on Windows, you can do better than that …

Review: Lilith Dorsey’s Love Magic

41ecnkopozlLove Magic: Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting it, Keeping it, and Making it Last

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books
  • ISBN-10: 1578635926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578635924

Product description:

This is really “the big little book of love magic.” Magical maven Lilith Dorsey has packed into this fun, informative, and practical book over 250 spells, potions, rituals, and recipes devoted to all facets of love and sex.

Based on years of magical experience and prodigious research, this book includes sections on such topics as self-love, marriage, fertility, erotic adventures, the ethics of love magic, and more. The spells are drawn from a wide diversity of magical traditions and focus on an equally diverse situations. There are spells for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book also includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love. Dorsey considers and discusses all facets of the romantic experience.

Let’s face it we are obsessed, inspired, delighted, and in love with love. And here is the go-to book for every spell you will ever need for finding and keeping romance, passion, sex, marriage, fertility, and love in your life. Rooted in serious scholarship while still exploring the weird, wild, and wonderful side of love magic, this book provides expert advice and genuine spells that work to bring you your heart’s desire.

My Thoughts:

picture-7When I first pulled this book from it’s wrapper, my first thought was, “Oh hell, I hope this isn’t some HP Mallory crap.” I immediately hated the cover and I was prepared to hate the entire book. Imagine my surprise when I found myself loving the book. In time even the cover grew on me — okay, that’s not true.

Love Magic is nicely written, paced well, organized well, and packed with clipart. Having said that, some clipart of the plants in the  Materia Magica chapter would have been a little more helpful. I think that I would like to have seen a little less Psalms and a little more in the way of an Index. As a History major, I loved the Suggested Reading, and the little touches of History and Folklore scattered throughout the book.

All in all, this is a damn fine book. I love reading about how someone explores their own spirituality. In many ways it makes me think of Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery or the Hedge Witch Book of Days. I don’t know about food for passion but that fig recipe looked pretty tasty. Mmmmmmmm figs.

I’m giving Love Magic by Lilith Dorsey 5 stars out of 5 and I consider it a must-have for your esoteric home library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser 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.”