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Holly Black: Ironside [May. 11th, 2009|12:13 pm]
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tindomerel


Sequel to wonderful urban fantasy book Tithe. A modern Faerie tale. :)
I love Holly Black's books. They are easy to read, entertaining and the faerie magic mixed with city life of alternative young people is quite a nice combination. 

I will not write much about the plot because I do not want to spoil it but all the slash/gay romance fans this is a must read.. ;)
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Cassandra Eason: A Complete Guide to Fairies & Magical beings [May. 4th, 2009|11:51 am]
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A wonderfully inspiring book about fairies and magical beings. There's documentaries about fairy encounters as well as fairy folklore from around the world and quotes from litterature and poetry. The book concentrates most on Celtic fairy tales but there is some examples from all over the world. In the end of the book there is a little fairy dictionary for the most famous types & names of the faerie folks but the best part of the book is the actual chapters. A lovely book all in all :)
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Victoria Moran: Lit from Within [Apr. 27th, 2009|12:35 pm]
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Lit from Within, Tending Your Soul for Lifelong Beauty.

A light, joyful self help book about how to be beautiful. It doesn't go very deep but it is positive and encouraging. It concentrates both on inner and outer beauty and how to shine your beauty in the best possible way. It's not a book about style or make up tips and it is not based on certain beauty ideals even if some ideals still shine through a little bit.

I don't know what to say about this book. It was easy to read and inspiring enough but it was nothing I would remember for years and years.
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Diana Wynne Jones: Conrad's Fate [Apr. 19th, 2009|01:48 pm]
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tindomerel


I've been in the mood for magical Chrestomanci books but it took me a while to finish this. It was good and entertaining and it was really lovely to read more about Christopher's youth but somehow I did not like this book as much as the previous ones I've read. Maybe because I didn't like the main character so much or because the world it was situated in wasn't the amazing (magical) 19th century/early 20th century Britain as in the other books.

But Diana Wynne Jones rocks anyway! ;)
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Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life [Apr. 1st, 2009|12:35 pm]
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I decided to reread this old favourite book of mine and I must say it doesn't lose any of its magic & enchantment no matter how many times you read it. :)

It is thoroughly magical and exciting story of young orphans Eric and Gwendolen Chant who are taken to live in the Chrestomanci castle. I just love Diana Wynne Jones' skills for story telling, humour and intrigue. :) Highly recommended to everyone who loves witches & magic.
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Diana Wynne Jones: The Lives of Christopher Chant [Mar. 30th, 2009|11:46 am]
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tindomerel


Diana Wynne Jones has always been one of my favourite authors. When I was small I really loved "Charmed Life" and read it several times. The Lives of Christopher Chant is a story about the previous events in Christopher Chant's life so it is a kind of a prelude to Charmed Life even if it is better to read the other book first.

I was sucked into DWJ's magical world from the very beginning of the book and I must say I truly enjoy it. If I dared I'd say the magical world is even better than Harry Potter's. I don't know why exactly but somehow DWJ has very interesting elements that make it all very real.. the parallel worlds, the Chrestomanci..

So far I haven't read a book by DWJ I did not like. Howl's moving castle is a masterpiece and there is a special enchantment in even those books that are quite simple. The author has a great ability to create characters you can love even if she does not describe them that much.. There's the special kind of atmosphere that leaves lots of room for your own imagination.

For all you children book fans & people who love magic, Diana Wynne Jones is wonderful!!! :)
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Ellen Dugan: Natural Witchery [Mar. 23rd, 2009|12:14 pm]
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I like the cover very much but I guess you never should buy a book by its cover.. ;)
What can I say about this book? It's small, neat, kind of fluffy and lacks substance but it's also quite inspiring and easy to read.

The biggest minus (in my opinion) was the author's conversational writing style. I like fluent and poetic style but there should always be substance and fact as well. This book has a feeling that it was written within a week and I guess it really depends on the kind of person you are or the mood you are in but I found her style quite annoying. I don't like books that assume you to be a certain kind of person and puts words to your mouth. I don't like to be called "my friend" by people who have never met me but I guess it may be a cultural thing as well. The personal experiences the author gives in the book seem like something that is written for the sake of making more pages and at times I really do not feel so interested in hearing more about the author herself.

But well.. The subjects are nice but the chapters are short and kept simple so the book doesn't go very deep. The spells are quite silly too.

I would not buy another book by the author but I could read them if I got them from the library.
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Phyllis Currot: Witch Crafting [Mar. 17th, 2009|08:42 am]
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This is a pretty good basic book about Wicca & Witch craft. It's not about traditional Wicca but it has all the basic ideas and exercizes and what is very positive compared to other basic books, this one takes them a bit further. It is not just a manual for how to do it but there's lots of interesting and useful pondering about why as well. Sure it's all familiar stuff for a long term witch but I'm glad to read a book where all the basic background seems to be thoroughly taken into consideration and the craft is shown as it really is. I think the ethics in this book are well placed and profound and this is one of the few basic books that make Wicca seem like a profound spiritual transformation instead of some entertaining hobby with cool spells and teatrics.

I could recommend this as a first book for someone interested in Wicca & Witchcraft but it gives new point of view to Wicca to those who already have read several books and have been on a witchy path for years.
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Patricia Telesco: Advanced Wicca [Mar. 5th, 2009|11:20 am]
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I've been in the mood for pagan books after a few years break but as I've read dozens of books with all the basic things like sabbaths, the history of the craft, god & goddess and how to visualize and do rituals I wanted to read something that goes a bit deeper. I've had this book in my shelf for a few years but never really felt like reading it before.

Even if it is titled Advanced wicca it is quite simple and refers to many basic skills mostly shamanistic like shape shiftingm trance and dream working as well as how to work in the community, start a group, coven or give lectures.

All in all it was a nice book to read but nothing special. It gives a view to the life of an adept but in a rather basic level. In some of the exercizes it describes I got a very strong feeling to question why. I think that many wicca/pagan books lack deeper insights and concentrate so much on outer things. Of course the inner things are more individual and private but without the change that takes place within there is no much point in being a witch (IMHO).
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John Ajvide Lindqvist: Låt den rätta komma in/Let the right one in [Feb. 17th, 2009|05:30 pm]
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tindomerel
I saw the film version of this interesting Swedish vampire novel a while ago and decided to read the original novel as well. I kind of liked the film more which is quite rare really but somehow I prefer the softer tones of the film compared to the ugly horror elements of the book. Of course the book added to the film quite a bit and there was some interesting revelations about the characters which was not so obvious in the film.

However, it is a very good book all in all and good one in its genre. I'm not a great fan of horror even if I love vampire stories and gothic horrow quite a bit and I must say there was some parts of the book that are not really for sensitive people. It was interesting how the book made me face some of my greatest fears and anxieties (not the vampires as those I do not fear but violence, sick people like pedophiles and physical wholeness being broken) but I can't say it was enjoyable to read about these things even if it was somehow purifying. However it did not feel harmful (some horror I very much dislike because it can't be very good for the psyche with all the twisted and painful images) either, just oppressing and kind of scary but I guess that's the idea when reading a horror book. It made me remember how I feared in my teenage years after reading Stephen King's Salem's lot and imagining a soft knock on my window at night.

The film influenced my view on the characters a lot but that's a good thing because the cast was brilliant.
I feel confused after reading the book. It was good. It helped me in my shadow working too. I don't think I'd like to read this kinds of books very often as they really show the cruel and ugly side of humanity and at some point I really thought the author was painting a picture of hell on earth because I can't really imagine a worse hell than what people do to each other.
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