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In my mailbox

I heard this odd sounding motor chugging up the road and, to my amazement, it was the mailman — err person.  I guess the cold weather was effecting her mail-jeep. It’s truly funny  (eerie)  how quite my neighborhood is at the moment.

At any rate, only two days into 2018 and I have received 3 books to review. My goal is to read and review 100 books this year. Let’s see if I can make it. I’m pretty sure that I can do it assuming that I do not run out of cocoa and tea.

51xrbuqcgqlHampton Roads Publishing was kind enough to send me: Astrology for Success by Cass and Janie Jackson, Reflexology Plain & Simple by Sonia Jones, and Reiki Plain & Simple by Philip Jones.
Astrology for Success: Make the Most of Your Sun Sign Potential by Cass Jackson,‎ Janie Jackson
Some people see opportunities and go after them, while others let them slip away. How can you make the most out of your life and get what you want? Astrology for Success is a beginner’s guide to sun sign astrology, with an emphasis on what your sign can tell you about your potential for achieving success. This book will help you identify goals and give you a road map for achieving them. The chapters cover:

  • Each of the 12 signs of the zodiac
  • Positive and negative traits
  • Career paths
  • Relationship issues and health concerns

Even if you know nothing about astrology, this book will help you identify the negative traits that may be holding you back and show you how to make use of the positive traits that will propel you to reach your maximum potential.

Reiki Plain & Simple by Philip Jones
41nrumuho9lSince originating in Japan in 1922, Reiki has been adapted to cultural traditions across the world. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

Reiki is used for healing oneself and others and for spiritual development. It works by combining two things: initiations that awaken and open your energy channels and techniques for using your hands, eyes, and intention to direct this energy flow where needed. Anyone who wishes to do this work must prepare by following particular methods and steps, all wonderfully explained in this introductory guide.

Discover why Reiki is so unique and learn about its origins, five precepts, attunements, basic hand positions, and special treatments created by Reiki’s founder, Mikao Usui. All the spiritual practices here have been specifically chosen to guide readers on a path of love, light, healing, and self-knowledge.

Reflexology Plain & Simple by Sonia Jones
41vsrbnyjflReflexology is an ancient healing system that helps relieve existing health conditions and detect future ailments. Reflexology Plain & Simple introduces the history and basics of this form, from beginner’s techniques to more specialized treatments and the use of aromatic oils. Discover which areas of the feet and hands correspond to the body’s tissues, glands, and organs; how much pressure to apply and when not to proceed at all; and how to get started indulging friends, family, and even yourself or move on to your own practice. Detailed instructions guide you through each step of the process and helpful hints throughout provide additional insight.

I want to thank the good folks at Hampton Roads Publishing for these free review copies.  I just love getting books — my mail— err person doesn’t — but I do. Thank you.

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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Barry rant


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Two more books land in my mailbox

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Hello everyone, another week has come and gone. It was a sad week, a dear friend of the family has passed away and he will be missed.

Bookwise, I have received two new books. New Page Books was kind enough to send me a copy of Lisa Barretta’s book “Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos:


Mystical, Magical, and Transformative Art You Dare to Wear”. I didn’t like her last book but this one looks much better.

“Conscious Ink” … There is hidden, powerful wisdom in tattoos. Did you ever think of your tattoo as a charged body talisman or a portal into your spiritual self? Ancient cultures practicing shamanic tattooing laid the groundwork for our modern exploration of consciousness. Tattoos are both a revelation and a proclamation of your embodied archetypes, dreams, emotions, even a hint of past-life memories.



Hampton Roads was kind enough to send me a free review copy of “Fortune Teller’s Handbook” … For those who have wanted to try their hand at fortunetelling, this comprehensive sampler of divination strategies offers a thorough introduction to a wide range of options.

From more elaborate systems such as numerology, palmistry, and the I Ching to simpler dice and tea reading, you’ll come to understand the history and usage of these ancient arts. Learn to read futures in a crystal ball, tarot cards, runes, or your own visage. Predict ups and downs in love, career, relationships, and finances. Find meaning in dreams, the structure of a flower, and even the placement of moles on a person’s body. Expert insights, sample readings, and instructive illustrations provide practical guidance for the budding fortune-teller.

This book is fun to use for yourself or with a gathering of friends. Techniques include: crystal ball reading, numerology, rune reading, using a pendulum, palmistry, tea leaf reading, and using the I Ching.

Are you destined for good luck, money, and a great career? Will you find love or travel to distant lands? The answers can be found in these 20 easy-to-use predictive techniques.

Should be some fun reading next week…

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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in book news


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In my mailbox, October 7th

It’s early Sunday morning and I’ve decided to post this video on my blog. I didn’t have any damage from the storm as far as I can tell. It’s a very humid and windy morning — just started raining again.

The family will be here shortly for our routine Sunday breakfast. All in all, life is good.

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Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Barry rant


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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…


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.




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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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.

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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In my mailbox: Odin

How many people can say that they found Odin in their mailbox? I found “Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic” by Diana L. Paxson — it looks awesome!

51442httn2l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Odin is arguably one of the most enigmatic and complex characters in Norse mythology. Revered since the Viking Age, Odin has been called the greatest of the gods―the god of words and wisdom, runes and magic, a transformer of consciousness, and a trickster who teaches truth. He is both war god and poetry god, and he is the Lord of Ravens, the All- Father, and the rune master.

Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic is the first book on Odin that is both historically sourced and accessible to a general audience. It explores Odin’s origins, his appearances in sagas, old magic spells, and the Poetic Edda, and his influence on modern media, such as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each chapter features suggestions for rituals, exercises, and music, so readers can comprehend and become closer to this complicated god.

Author Diana Paxson, an expert on Viking-era mythology, provides a complete portrait of Odin and draws on both scholarship and experience to provide context, resources, and guidance for those who are drawn to work with the Master of Ecstasy today.

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Posted by on August 25, 2017 in book news


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In my mailbox: Paperbacks From Hell

I want to thank the good folks at Quirk Books ( link ) for sending me this free advanced reader copy of “Paperbacks From Hell” by Grady Hendrix. The book will be available September 19th so keep this one on your radar screen if you love vintage horror.



51wg5ivqbpl-_sx348_bo1204203200_Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in book news


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In my mailbox: The Castle in Cassiopeia


Snacking on a peanut butter and peach jam sandwich while sipping earl grey tea. It’s a quiet night and I am listening to Star Trek on the H&I channel while reading Mike Resnick’s “The Castle in Cassiopeia”.

51jpctosuql-_sx331_bo1204203200_I want to thank the folks at Pyr for the free review copy. The book will be available August 22nd and I’m sure that Resnick fans will eat it up — like a peanut butter and peach jam sandwich.


A crisis has arisen. On their first mission as a team, Pretorius and his Dead Enders kidnapped the real General Michkag and substituted a clone who had been raised and trained in the Democracy. But now they find that the clone likes being the most powerful man in the hundred-world Traanskei Coalititon—and having been raised on Earth, he knows how humans think and react.

This becomes a many-layered problem for Pretorius and what is left of his Dead Enders. As the only humans on a totally militarized alien world, they must first find where the best-guarded member of the enemy’s military – Michkag – is hiding and how many aliens, or regiments, or divisions, are guarding him, and then they must find a way past all his lines of defense to kill or capture him.

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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Barry rant


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In my mailbox: A Kiss Before Doomsday


Yes, the mailman managed to cram this book into my mailbox. I want to thank the folks at Pyr for this free review copy. A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton will land in your favorite bookstores by the middle of next week. If you don’t have a local bookstore that you support, you can buy it through Amazon —

51u5ol8vpalIt seems as if Dru, proprietor of the Crystal Connection and newly minted sorceress, has only just averted one apocalypse when another comes along. Undead creatures have appeared on the streets of Denver, attacking sorcerers, who are acting even more strangely than usual. Signs point to forbidden necromancy in the hands of someone trying to fulfill the prophecy of the apocalypse scroll.

With the dead rising from the grave, Dru fears someone is picking up where the Harbingers left off half a century ago. Now more than ever, Dru needs half-demon Greyson and his infernal car, Hellbringer. Though Greyson is missing and presumed dead, Dru believes he’s alive—and trapped at the center of this evil.

Dru will need her friends—and her enemies—trusting in Rane’s strength, Opal’s wisdom, and her own crystal magic to infiltrate the mountainous fortress of a powerful sorcerer intent on bringing about doomsday.

Because the moment the prophecy is fulfilled, legions of undead will rise to consume the souls of everyone on earth. . . .

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Posted by on July 8, 2017 in book news


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In my mailbox: Raining Fire


I want to thank the folks at Pyr for the free review copy of “Raining Fire” by Rajan Khanna. The book will be available July 18th.

5198b3rm72l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Ben Gold, former airship pilot has lost everything: his airship, his friends, and Miranda, the woman he loves. All that he has left is a thirst for revenge, a reckless plan to sate it, and some journal entries from Miranda to help ground him in the chaos. As he spirals out of control, he must survive old friends, new enemies, and of course Ferals, the mindless, violent victims of the global pandemic that shattered the world.

Meanwhile, the Cabal, a group of scientists on the floating city of Valhalla, are using the disease as a weapon while the militant Valhallans continue their raiding and destruction across the continent. When raiders from Valhalla massacre a town of innocents, Ben finds a new purpose in doing anything he can to undermine their power.

Ben must reunite with old friends and find new ones if he is to succeed. Can he overcome the forces arrayed against him in time to save himself—and maybe the world?


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