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review 2017-01-10 22:23
Ancestors and Hero Cultus: Walking the Worlds, Vol. I, Issue I
Ancestors and Hero Cultus (Volume 1) - Walking the Worlds

Walking the Worlds a venture spearheaded by Galina Krasskova to put explicitly polytheist beliefs in a semi-academic format. Beginning with the topic of death is entirely intentional, as honoring the dead is something that almost all polytheist traditions hold in common.

 

Many of the essays within ANCESTORS AND HERO CULTUS are written by popular pagan authors and bloggers, and it shows. Topics range from cultus reconstruction to animal extinction, and the quality of the articles varies from author to author. Some articles are rambling opinion pieces, while others are articulate and well-researched in their subject matter. There is at least one article for most Eurocentric forms of pagan polytheism, although heathenism by far has the most attention devoted to it. Exactly how much the reader will take away from the issue itself depends entirely on how relevant highly devotional and reconstructive polytheism is relevant to their practices.

 

Perhaps unrelated to the writings within, but the production value of the journal is top notch. The professionalism of the physical copy in addition to the content itself matches what one would expect from a peer-reviewed journal. It’s a worthwhile beginning to a noble endeavor.

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review 2016-01-07 04:51
100 Million Years of Food
100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today - Stephen Le Fleming

Part history and part memoir, 100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le presents an anthropological survey of foods from our ancestor's diets to our modern diets. I learned much from the science presented in the book, really enjoyed Stephen Le's personal stories, and agreed with its ultimate message that fad diets don't work.

 

Read my complete review at: Memories From Books - 100 Million Years of Food

 

Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/01/100-million-years-of-food-what-our.html
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review 2015-12-05 00:53
Four Ancestors by Joseph Bruchac
Four Ancestors: Stories, Songs, and Poems from Native North America - Duke Sine,Murv Jacobs,Jeffrey Chapman,S.S. Burrus,Joseph Bruchac

Four Ancestors has stories, songs, and poetry about the four elements: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air from more than 30 Native American cultures.

It is a short read, but very enjoyable. I liked it.

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review 2015-11-07 14:56
Review: Cauldron of the Lost Ancestors
Cauldron of the Lost Ancestors (Part Two of the Suzy da Silva Series) - Tom Bane

I received an ARC Copy to give an honest review.

We are taking back into another adventure with Suzy. Only this time we are dealing with hackers, super computers, and even shrouds with DNA. Now the book did keep me interested but there was so much details and information I found myself just putting it down because my brain hurt. So a 5 hour book that should have taken me at least 2 days took well over 4 days to finish. I would say the best part in the book for me was with Suzy and her jujitsu. How she never gave up going after the enemy. Suzy is a strong character within the story she doesn't just play a part in the background, she ask questions to get answers and she says on top of it until she gets the information she needs.

Now you can read this book as a stand alone or you can read book one Masks of the Lost Tombs . And catch up on the relationship of Tom, Suzy and Professor Piper. Tom does come back into play within this story but as we have learned in book one Tom and Suzy are not suppose to be together in any way. They have to keep a distance from each other.

Suzy has seven days (which she has a theory on this) to stop the enemy from getting information. But what does this enemy want the information for? Can Suzy even stop him because he seems to have some good moves?

Now there is talk with super computers, NSA, government agencies and what not. Which is pretty cool, but I did find myself lost in one part towards the end where there is talk of a diamond can its use. So I would recommend taking your time on reading that so you can understand it.

If you like theories, and a sense of adventure pick up your copy. Just take your time with it so you can soak up the information within the book.

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review 2015-10-31 10:28
An impressive array of Pagan voices
This Ancient Heart: Landscape, Ancestor, Self - Caitlín Matthews,Paul Davies

13 authors, leading names in Paganism and academia, reflect on the relationship we experience between landscape, ancestry and our sense of self. it's a book with remarkable breadth and depth, and a lot to challenge and inspire a reader.

 

I was asked to read the book way ahead of publication, and to comment on it - truly, it's an honour to be asked to give my small voice in support of some of the best, and best known names in modern Druidry. This is what I said at the time:

 

"Most Pagans look to the past for inspiration. How we relate to our ancestors, who we even understand them to be, and what we carry, real or imagined, into the future is often a key question for modern Pagans. This book offers an intriguing array of insights, ideas, challenges and possibilities that help the reader consider their own relationship with issues of ancestry, identity and belonging."

 

It's a fine book, I heartily recommend it. I think I was asked to comment because I have a Druid title of my own about ancestry and how we relate to it, and its a happy accident that this has taken me into a lot of thinking about the relationship between land and ancestry, too. It's fascinating to see other authors exploring this territory - both physical and spiritual - and I think there are issues here that could be, perhaps should be at the very heart of how we think about Pagan spirituality.

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