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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #810 on: February 12, 2020, 06:12:35 pm »
"Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted."

Ha, I thought Assassin's Creed made that up  :P

I recently finished A History of Sex by Reahy Tannahill. It was published in 1980 and hoo boy, does it show. Not recommended.

Next up in non-fiction: Hat: Origins, Language, Style. This was an impulse buy to support the local independent bookshop, so we shall see.

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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #811 on: March 24, 2020, 07:27:11 pm »


Now reading Swiss Family Robinson. It seemed appropriate.

I read this a lot when I was young, and picking it up again I kept coming up short: 'I don't remember this huge sermon part. Wait, the dog's named Flora? That doesn't sound right ...' It turns out there are two main English translations, and the edition I have now is the other one. Fortunately the one I'm familiar with is old enough to be on Project Gutenberg.

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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #812 on: June 24, 2020, 12:07:56 am »


Currently, I'm reading Persephone Unveiled: Seeing the Goddess and Freeing Your Soul by Charles Stein. Absolutely fascinating read - it's quite academic (which I love), but my abilities to focus and analyze the reading have really rusted unfortunately. Hopefully doing more reading/annotating in the margins will help me raise that skill back up.

I also recently ordered, and currently have a queue of  books that I'll read once I'm done with that one:
  • Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill
  • Ecstatic: For Dionysos by Jeremiah Lewis
  • Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life by Carl Kerényi (Author), Ralph Manheim (Translator)
  • Becoming Supernatural. How Common People Are Doing The Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza (I still need to order this one)
And... after about 10 minutes exploring on Amazon, I found a few more titles that I may want to buy in the future, once I get through all of the above.
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #813 on: June 26, 2020, 05:34:11 am »


I just finally broke down and bought (although the first two books are apparently public domain now) the E. E. (Doc) Smith Skylark series for Kindle (and eReaders) from Amazon. It was very reasonably priced, no volume was more than $3.99. I've made it all of 57 years without reading more than a snippet or two of these stories; starting in on The Skylark of Space now.
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #814 on: June 30, 2020, 09:42:49 am »
Because someone had to restart this thread after the move.  What are you reading, how is it, and would you recommend it?

Just finished Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip, lovely fantasy piece woven between past and present in alternating chapters. It centers around a land's lost bardic magic hidden within standing stones and ancient runes. Definitely would recommend. I am getting ready to start a collection of world folklore put together by Jane Yolen
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #815 on: July 02, 2020, 01:47:58 pm »
Just finished Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip, lovely fantasy piece woven between past and present in alternating chapters. It centers around a land's lost bardic magic hidden within standing stones and ancient runes. Definitely would recommend.

Will have to add this one to my to-read list.

I am currently trying to get through Mary Ann Winkowski's When Ghosts Speak:  Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits.   I'm not a fan of celebrity mediums and am only reading it because a friend's tween is also reading it and asking questions. 

Definitely not recommended.  The least of my criticisms is that, so far, it's more about the author than the ghosts. There's a precious story in there about how, at a time when she was ready to give up visiting people's homes to deal with their ghosts (and thus give up an income stream), she suddenly developed the ability to tell over the phone if there was a spirit in another person's house.  How very convenient for you, Mary Ann.  That we should all be so blessed.   ::)
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?
« Reply #816 on: January 02, 2021, 08:31:37 pm »
Because someone had to restart this thread after the move.  What are you reading, how is it, and would you recommend it?

I just finished reading a short book called "Western Animism: A Zen Approach to Positive Paganism" by Melusine Draco, and I found it well worth the read, and wish I had had access to it while I was living in Japan many years ago, as it would have been beneficial for understanding their seasonal cycles and celebrations.

Currently, I am reading a textbook called "Comparative Mythology" by Jaan Puhvel. This is a comparative breakdown of many European and Eastern Mythologies, to get at the Roots of Proto-Indo-European Mythos, and Themes. This book was selected as part of a Study program I am partaking in.
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