Review: Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

9781571747563Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (January 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1571747567
ISBN-13: 978-1571747563

Product description:

Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.

Among the amusing and informative tidbits here:

  • The rat is considered to be the sign of charm and is noted for its shrewdness, enterprise, and wealth. Rats are also prosperous, entrepreneurial, obsessive, anxious, bossy, and mean.
  • The ox is the sign of tenacity and prosperity and a symbol of fertility and muscular strength. People born under the ox are patient, contemplative, eloquent, chauvinistic, petty, and grumpy.
  • The monkey is lively, complex, charming, diplomatic, and agile. Monkeys are also dishonest, sarcastic, lacking respect, and restless.

Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is an accessible introduction that enlightens, entertains, and informs.

My thoughts:

All in all I enjoyed reading  Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple , it gave me an entertaining escape from the Christmas holiday season (between you and me any escape from Christmas is welcome). According to Chinese Astrology, I am an Earth dog. Having said that, the description of an Earth dog as having a spendthrift tendency is a little off for me. No. Just no. Ask anyone who knows me, I make Scrooge look like a spendthrift. I will squeeze a buffalo nickel until it poops in my hand and I’m proud of it.

An Earth dog is also described as an excellent organizer which is one of my biggest flaws. This year I plan to really work at becoming “somewhat” organized. So no. Just no.

That isn’t to say that the book isn’t entertaining. I did enjoy sharing with a friend that he was born in the year of the pig and he may never hear the end of it. Ever. What are friends for?

The book is easy to navigate and has nice graphics. I hate the subtitle of “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need”. Geez people. Chinese Astrology, Plain and Simple is small and something that you’ll finish quickly. I knocked it out in one afternoon.

I give this one 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and I think it’s worth a look if you haven’t checked out Chinese Astrology.


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.”

Foggy Florida

It’s a foggy morning in my little spot of the world. The power went out twice yesterday after a power pole was knocked down in the fog. I was in the middle of updating my Manjaro Linux and was, to say the least, a little upset. That being said, my Linux system is working nicely.

Mom has not been well and I have spent a lot of the Holiday season taking her to Doctor appointments and a little shopping. She has a new doctor and I hope that this one will work out.

I didn’t decorate very much this year and most of my decorations have been put away. It was a bit of a depressing year. We have lost so many celebrities and artists this year. I guess I am at that strange period of life when life seems to take away more things than it gives.

Hopefully 2017 will be a year that I can get myself a little more organised..

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Ghost Stories for Christmas, with Christopher Lee ‘The Ash Tree’ by M R James

I’ve always loved ghost stories for  Christmas and I’ve been a fan of M.R. James stories for some time. I was fairly certain that I had posted one or more of them on this blog, however, after a search, I was unable to find any …

So without any further ado, I give you M.R. James’ “The Ash Tree” read by Christopher Lee.

In my mailbox: Black City Demon


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.