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review 2017-04-15 23:51
Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development by Melanie Barnum
Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development - Melanie Barnum

I have always seen things, heard things, and known things that I really shouldn't have. I also read people and it has been proven with people I have never met before but told them all about themselves. Still shocks me even though I have always been able to do it, So when I ran across this book I knew I had to read it. I personally devoured this book I read it in one setting. This book is great even if you think yo have no psychic powers. It comes with an easy to read run down a well as tips. I also loved the lessons. I have tried some of the lessons in the book as i was reading it. I do plan to make some audio files for others like the relaxation and protection bubbles, this way I can listen to them and do as they say like close your eyes, can't do that and read, I love how everything is explained in easy to understand terms, and you are totally walked through each and every section of the book.

I have read a lot of books about psychic powers some have been really great others have been boring drawn out pieces of dribble. This book though is written in first person by the author, you learn her story while figuring out your own. It is not filled with a bunch of scientific jargon that you cannot understand. It also makes everything simple. i really enjoyed reading this book, and can guarantee I will be reading it several times.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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text 2017-03-18 10:21
Why I Love Circus Books
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus - James Otis
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Joyland - Stephen King
The Life of P.T. Barnum, by Himself. Author's Ed - Phineas Barnum
Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus - Bruce Feiler
The Advance Man: A Journey Into the World of the Circus - Jamie MacVicar
Mr. Stubbs's Brother: A Sequel to Toby Tyler (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) - James Otis

Every child is enchanted by the idea of the circus at some point in their young life. For me, this began with the story of Toby Tyler, by James Otis, alternately titled Ten Weeks with a Circus. The story was also made into a movie called Toby Tyler as well as a radio dramatisation.


As I became an adult, I learned that the way animals were treated in the real life circus could be brutal at times and the big cats, whom I loved most, spent their lives in cages the size of a train car. Circuses are actually not legally allowed to keep animals in the UK. So, for me, the magic of the circus is relegated to fantasy; to the world of books.


While fiction satisfies my fascination with life behind the scenes of the circus, some non-fiction books are also very interesting, relating what this life was really like in the days when there was no regulation to speak of to keep the activities of circus folk completely legal. While circus is primarily a performance profession, there was a time when 'hooch tents' and violations of prohibition played a significant role on the seedy side of traveling entertainment.


Some stories relate this side of circus life as openly as the non-fiction books, like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The author did her research well and many incidents, including a very amusing situation involving an elephant stealing lemonade, came from real anecdotes from circus people. There are some sad incidents concerning animals in the annals of real circus life as well, but these I try to avoid.


Circus books are my fantasy circus, where animals are never mistreated and it's all about the magic of entertainment. I am, however, fussy about authors doing their research properly. I have an aunt who traveled with the carnival in her youth and she taught me the differences between the circus and the carnival. A fast way to get me to abandon a book is to write in a carnival setting and mention a Big Top or to refer to circus people as Carnies.


These worlds have a few things in common, but distinct differences. I loved how Stephen King got around all that in Joyland by setting the story in an amusement park owned by someone who had worked for both the circus and the carnival sometime in his past.


I recently found another book by James Otis on Amazon, Mr. Stubb's Brother, A Sequel to Toby Tyler. It was even free! Naturally this is high on my tbr, but I want to re-read Toby Tyler again first. These circus stories bring out my inner child and for just a little while, allow me to enter a world where it's all about the magic.

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text 2016-03-04 17:41
Recent entries on thedollop.net (with books, of course, so many suggested books)
On Witchcraft - Cotton Mather
DEAD PEOPLE POSING: The Mystery Behind Dead Photographs (FULL EDITION: Photographs explained) - Alexander Coil
Saddle the Wild Wind: The Saga of Squirrel Tooth Alice and Texas Billy Thompson - Laurence E. Gesell
The Run of His Life : The People versus O. J. Simpson - Jeffrey Toobin
Another City, Not My Own - Dominick Dunne
The Museum of Hoaxes - Alex Boese

Podcast Episode 156: The Marblehead Smallpox Riot: Smallpox Blankie, or Why Are My Neighbors Bumpy?


Podcast Episode 147: The Greenbrier Ghost: Meatless Mondays are Murder!, or Ghosts Make My Head Spin:

true story of the only known legal case where a ghost testified about her own murder


followup entry: Postmortem Photography: includes a premortem photography story about my great-grandfather


Podcast Episode 145: Squirrel Tooth Alice: No pithy Bullwinkle title because there are vintage nudes, yes sir you are welcome


Podcast Episode 126: RA Cunningham and Tambo: Nickels in the Dime Museum, or How to Buy Other People for Fun and Profit!


and, Resources: American Crime Story (and a personal fable, boogeyman and all): relates back to several episodes and ties them all together:


All of thedollop.net entries has the mp3 of the corresponding podcast episode embedded in the beginning of the blog entry, so you can easily listen as well as read. Also, all of the entries have many, many more suggested books to read than I have highlighted here. Because it's me.


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review 2014-03-31 00:00
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World - Tracey Fern,Boris Kulikov picture book biography
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review 2013-04-11 00:00
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World - Tracey Fern,Boris Kulikov Kulikov's illustrations show a cinematic talent for laying out the scenes using techniques like the odd camera angle and the montage. Visually this book is very interesting because of the variety of work he does with these techniques page to page.

Fern's story is engaging. She tells in her end notes which elements she had to fictionalize, and which came from sources. Between Fern, her editors, and the designer, they decided to put the outside sources on the very end sheet, pasted to the cover board--ingenious solution! This enabled her to provide the source for all the journal entries and letters she used as primary sources (and which are featured on the front end sheets). I started out rating this book a 3, but I think that solution alone brings some quality into the book that I value.
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