Living Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse Divination

Living Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse DivinationLiving Runes: Theory and Practice of Norse Divination by Galina Krasskova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all, I really enjoyed Krasskova’s book. I read “The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic” by Edred Thorsson not that long ago so the material was something that I was familiar with, though I enjoyed Krasskova’s explanations. I guess if I were to put my finger on what I enjoyed the most, I’d have to say the poetry.
Her poem for the rune “Gar” ( page 153 ) was powerful and really moved me. I give “Living Runes” a “thumbs up” and I feel that her book serves as an excellent companion to Thorsson’s “The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic”.

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.”


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Review: Top Secret Alien Abduction Files: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know

Top Secret Alien Abduction Files: What the Government Doesn't Want You to Know

Top Secret Alien Abduction Files: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know by Nick Redfern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, I admit it, I love Redfern’s work. There,now you know my bias, I feel much better. Seriously, I do enjoy his work. Top Secret Alien Abduction Files has that Kolchak The Night Stalker vibe. Even the font used clacks in my mind like an old typewriter.
It’s 22 chapters are broken up into nice-sized chunks for easy reading and it has a plump Bibliography to help you with your own research. It’s a perfect read before the new MIB movie…
I enjoyed every minute of it and strongly recommend this one for your home paranormal library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Disinformation 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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Review: So Who’s Counting?: The Little Quote Book About Growing Older and Still Kicking Ass

So Who's Counting?: The Little Quote Book About Growing Older and Still Kicking Ass

So Who’s Counting?: The Little Quote Book About Growing Older and Still Kicking Ass by Erin McHugh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this diminutive book of quotes. I’ve heard a few of these quotes before but many of them were new to me. I liked Groucho Marx’s line, “I intend to live forever or die trying.” It’s a fun little book for the coffee table.

Book Description: So long nostalgia, and goodbye resignation! This book of quotes reminds us that growing old isn’t about slowing down and taking it easy—it’s a chance to ask, “What’s next?”

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you should have been.” —David Bowie

Sixty is the new fifty, seventy’s the new sixty, and older is getting younger every day. With fun, forward-looking, and inspiring quotes, So Who’s Counting is the ideal gift for baby boomers or anyone reaching a major age milestone. Instead of cloying sentimentality or the standard sagging-body-part jokes, it strikes the perfect balance of humor, guidance, reflection, bon mots. Quotes are divided into eight sections, such as “As Old as You Feel,” “Laughter: The Best Prescription,” and “Aged to Perfection.” So Who’s Counting is all about aging with gusto and celebrating what lies ahead.


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Review: Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition

I liked “Water Witchcraft”, I went threw it rather quickly (in an afternoon). It’s nicely written and easy to read. It’s Celtic vibe really appealed to me. I think that this is a book to consider adding to your esoteric home library.


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Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad

Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad by Witchdoctor Utu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I guess that I have to admit that on my first read of Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad I didn’t care for it, but I loved Utu’s coverage of history. Clearly the author has a love of history. Since I enjoy history, I returned to the book over and over and eventually realized just how brilliant it really is …
It’s an interesting introduction to a magic system. Conjuring Harriet “Mama Moses” Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad seems so fresh, new, and different from the dozens of other introductory magic books out there.
I guess you could say that I came for the history and stayed for the spirits.
*hat tip* to Witchdoctor Utu …

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My thoughts of The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic

It’s so big I have to peek around it…

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Book Review: Besom, Stang & Sword

My thoughts of “Beson, Stang & Sword” by Orapello and Maguire.

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Review: Storytelling Alchemy

Storytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy EndingStorytelling Alchemy: Write Your Own Happy Ending by Renee Damoiselle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all, I thought it was an excellent book. I liked the writing style of the author and more importantly I came away liking the author. That being said, at first, I was uncomfortable with her and her definition of alchemy “a magickal term for transforming lead into gold” page 9. I thought that her definition was too simple and fru fru. I was prepared to dislike the book and found myself quibbling about everything she said. I was letting her words and my ego get in the way of what she was trying to say. Eventually, I decided to give the book a fair chance and I came away really liking it.
I guess, at some point, I felt that I heard her voice.
If you give “Storytelling Alchemy” a chance, I think you’ll turn your lead into gold.
*Disclaimer* I want to thank Weiser Books for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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My thoughts of Devon O’Day’s “My Southern Food”

I was digging around in my Twitter notifications and I noticed a retweet and a thank you from Devon O’Day. I had tweeted that I was reading her book “My Southern Food: A Celebration of the Flavors of the South” ( https://amzn.to/2zzoc7A). My thoughts … it’s a keeper. This is the sort of book that will be passed down in the family for some time … an heirloom.

51pv8molzplThere are tons of recipes ( I didn’t count them ), wonderful pictures and anecdotes. I loved every minute of it. I suppose that the one that stuck with me the most was the picture of a little girl waiting for the home made ice cream to finish. I can remember cranking our ice cream ( I think it was their way of keeping me out of trouble ) on the back porch until my arms failed.

As you might imagine, I give “My Southern Food” 5 stars out of 5.

Old-Fashioned Very Vanilla
Homemade Ice Cream

This recipe is older than I am. Do not do the math.

1½ cups sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon salt

1 quart milk

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

4 cups heavy cream

In a double boiler over boiling water (to avoid scorching), stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt, and then gradually add the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the custard from the heat. In a separate large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir a small amount of the custard into the eggs slowly. Blend it completely. Continue adding custard in small amounts, stirring to integrate the custard with the eggs completely after each addition, until all the custard and eggs are blended and creamy. Add the entire mixture back to the double boiler and cook the custard for 5 minutes. Pour the liquid into a storage container, cover, and chill overnight or for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. Add the vanilla and cream to the ice-cream mixture and blend well. Transfer to a 1-gallon ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Makes 1 gallon

Book Review: Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor

My thoughts of Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True Hauntings.

Picture 28From shimmering specters to mysterious tricks, Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor includes original supernatural tales, classic ghost stories, legends, hauntings, séances, superstitions, and death customs. This book showcases a chilling collection of startling ghost stories as told to the author as well as legendary ghosts and haunted locations and an overview of the paranormal parlor games that rose to popularity in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It also includes hidden history such as the story of Mark Twain’s ghost, and the quiet horror writings of the architect who started the Gothic Revival movement (Ralph Adams Cram).

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