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text 2018-02-06 03:09
THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic: A Novel - Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

Alice Hoffman

Hardcover, 369 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Simon Schuster

ISBN: 1501137476 (ISBN13: 9781501137471)


  I've always liked Alice Hoffman as a writer. She is definitely a strong story teller, and she brought "Practical Magic's" back story to life with a good plot, and some great characters. I loved Aunt Isabelle. Part of the story is set in the 60's, and Hoffman works that into the storyline well.
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review 2018-01-18 14:52
Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward - Carl Abrahamsson,Gary Valentine Lachman

by Carl Abrahamsson




One of the first things I noticed with this book is that the chapter headings have notes below the titles that say each of them was first given at a lecture or printed as an article someplace, so it soon became clear that this is a collection of several years' writings collected by the author into book form for presentation to a new audience. The subject matter is sufficiently different in each to create a nicely balanced volume on occult influence in society and particularly in art.


This is not a book for learning to do magic(k), but is more about modern cultural influences and symbols that enter mainstream consciousness through various mediums of artistic expression. In the Forword written by Gary Lachman, he explains the term 'occulture', occult + culture, coined by Genesis-P-Orridge, a cult figure in certain circles of modern day magicians, then goes on to point out connections between art and the occult and the significance of interpreting one through the other.


The lectures and articles cover a fascinating variety of loosely related topics. They include commentaries on alternative lifestyles and the rise of occult culture through significant periods like the 1960s and 1980s and the British and German groups and personalities who shaped much of modern occult culture.


The reader gets the benefit of a perspective by someone who 'was there' and understands the significance of a variety of cultural influences that still affect the culture today. He speaks of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth as well as about Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey and what he feels were the relevant contributions by controversial groups and personalities.


The perspective is very much about the intellectual side of the occult. No new age or airy-fairy crystal hugging comes into it. As occult history goes, this is an excellent reflection of the later twentieth century developments that built on the legacy of earlier magical Orders and traditions and the effects of an expanding cultural awareness that would shake the foundations of pre-twentieth century European occult study.


The significance of art and creativity is emphasised as is the freedom of social mores from the staid, limiting celibacy of groups like the early Golden Dawn and the cautions required by Medieval magicians to avoid any sniff of scandal that might lead to charges of heresy.


The history of Nazi involvement in the occult is detailed in one of the lectures and makes for interesting reading from a historical perspective as well. That lecture somehow moves from this to beatniks in California, which gives the reader an idea of the broad scope of some of the topics discussed.


This book would be of interest to anyone interested in occult history or in cultural development and the influence of art. It fills in the recent gaps in documented history for those of us who are too young to have been there for the changes in the 1980s and before as these periods are often not addressed in earlier books on the subject.


It also goes into everything from philosophy to conspiracy theories in recent decades and even Pokemon Go! I found all of the articles interesting for different reasons. A real treasure for anyone with interest in magick or the occult.

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review 2017-09-21 01:26
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini

This book is unreal! You have to read it to know what I mean. Leah Remini is so brutally honest, I tend to believe her. What these people do is just despicable. Kudos to Leah for getting herself and her family out.


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text 2017-09-11 13:29
Halloween Bingo: Terrifying Women
Daddy Won't Kill You (An Occult Horror) - Caroline Gebbie


A little tightening, especially towards the end, and this would be so much scarier.


As it is, I will probably think twice before picking up stray furniture, especially while vacationing in the woods.

Or eating pie that someone else made.


We don't get much background on the 'spirit' other than she was apparently abused in some way, but we get plenty of visions of her revenge.


While protecting his children from her, the father screams "I'm going great!"

The scene has her clinging to his back and ripping off his earlobes off with her teeth.

I laughed so hard - completely threw off mood.  LOL




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text 2017-09-10 17:17
Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
Daddy Won't Kill You (An Occult Horror) - Caroline Gebbie


Another freebie, and we're off to a running start.


Don't pick up stray rocking chairs while taking a holiday in a cabin in the woods.



Looks like it'll fit at least 4 squares, and is currently .99c on Amazon.

Terrifying Women



Deep Dark Woods

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