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review 2016-06-28 12:58
Booknote: Easy Tarot Handbook, with review on the Gilded Tarot deck
Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All! - Josephine Ellershaw

On the one hand, the book has some good advice for learners, especially about keeping a Tarot journal and overall for learning how to read the Tarot. Ellershaw offers a step by step system for learning how to read the Tarot cards. On the other hand, I did find some of the card meanings in this book a bit on the lighter side when compared to other books, such as Lyle's, but the meanings still fall within tradition for the most part, thus the book is still useful in that regard.

 

Read the full review, where I also provide a review of the Tarot deck that came with this book kit, Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Tarot, at The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click the link above.

 

By the way, if there are any Tarot users, readers, and/or collectors here in BookLikes, feel free to comment and say hello.

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review 2016-06-17 13:38
Booknote: Tarot Cards
Tarot Cards - Isabella Alston,Kathryn Dixon

This is another small book, an art book of 95 pages showing a variety of Tarot card decks. It's a very nice book to look at. For Tarot card deck collectors, this book may incite their collecting lust a bit. The book starts with an introduction that sets up the book and gives a brief history of Tarot cards. This book looks at Tarot cards as an art form.

 

Check out the rest of my review at The Itinerant Librarian by clicking the link above. On a side note, the photo that BookLikes is using here is different than the cover of the edition I have, which is shown on my blog post.

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text 2015-04-05 01:54
"In which Stiefvater draws a tarot deck."
The Raven's Prophecy Tarot - Maggie Stiefvater

One word:  WANT!

 

That is all.

 

Oh wait.  See also: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/post/115434174176/maggie-stiefvater-ta-da-last-night-i-finally

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review 2013-11-14 15:08
Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

 
Review:
I thoroughly enjoyed, but didn’t love, Poison Princess. I liked Jack, the post apocalyptic feel, and the idea of this epic Tarot Arcana war. I enjoyed getting to know all of the cards but it wasn’t until I read Endless Knight that I loved this series. Endless Knight takes the plot established in Poison Princess and everything just gets better! There is more action, more killing, more kissing, and better character development.

Evie in Poison Princess felt very sporadic to me. There were flashbacks and Evie was trying to adjust after the Flash. Her character didn’t feel very solid to me. In Endless Knight we get to really know Evie post-flash and I liked seeing her grow and change as the character of Death is introduced. Evie really communed with who she was in a past life while becoming her own person in this life.

Jack also grew up in this story. Before he was completely centered on protecting Evie but after what he witnessed at the Alchemists house at the end of Poison Princess Jackson realizes Evie doesn’t really need protecting and he becomes more like a partner to Evie then a protector in his story, although he still has that very alpha male mentality.

By far my favorite addition to the story was the Endless Knight, Death. He is at once bad guy and good guy. His character really straddles the gray, morally ambiguous, area and I liked him all the more for it. He is dark, wicked, and I couldn’t help feeling sorry and lonely for the guy. I actually can’t wait to see more of him in the next book and dare I say it, I might be Team Death? Yes, I might be, but Jack could still surprise me.

Overall, I loved this story and it was even better then Poison Princess. It was packed with epic battles between zombies, cannibals and other Arcana. There was some serious romantic tension and to top it all off there was the classic Kresley Cole dark comedic undercurrent. I am now eager to get my hands on the third book in this series and I’m expecting more great things.
Source: www.fallingforya.com/2013/11/endless-knight-by-kresley-cole.html
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review 2013-10-11 20:00
Tarot: The Origins, Meaning and Uses of the Cards
Tarot: The Origins, Meaning and Uses of the Cards - Alfred Douglas Tarot cards have intrigued me every since I've seen a deck. They're so pretty and mysterious and so different, yet so closely related in look to our familiar playing cards, and so many of the decks are rich in symbolism. I started collecting decks, and even reading them for friends for fun, even though I'm a thorough-going rationalist and don't believe they can be tools of divination. I also don't believe in a lot of nonsense promulgated about their origins. The Wiki will tell you there's just no evidence of playing cards in Europe, either literary or surviving cards, before the 14th century; Tarot cards aren't old enough to have originated in Ancient Egypt. And as for any connection with the Gypsies, as the chapter on "The Origin of Tarot Cards" mentions, "the Gypsies did not appear in the West in any numbers until the middle of the 15th century, a full hundred years after the cards were known in every country from Italy to Northern France." At least Douglas doesn't do anything to promulgate such myths. He even offers a timeline of the of the earliest known references to playing cards and his history seems credible. I do find this book fun and informative. It has chapters on origins and symbolism, even how to play the game of Tarrocco. It offers three spreads: the classic 9 card "Celtic Cross," the well-known 7 card "Ellipse Spread" (called here the "Horseshoe Spread") and a 13 card "Circular Spread." The book covers each card of the Major and Minor Arcana, devoting pages to each. And I like the deck featured in the book. It's pretty, and with the Tarot I'm all about the shiny!
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