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Question of the Week: 64 - 10/29/2001

What Are YOUR book/video/dvd Recommendations?

What books do you like? Which ones do you read over and over again? What ones do you recommend for those 'taking a mental break' moments or for holiday gift giving? Do you have some suggestions for videos/dvds that deserve a viewing? Your suggestions need not be Pagan specific. In fact, we encourage you here to offer tips on good selections that may be found in the often-overlooked area of mythology, history, humor, sociology, sci-fi or art sections of the bookstores or video sections.

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Stones From The River By Hegi- A Truly Spiritual, Bittersweet Story Of... Oct 21st. at 10:22:46 pm EDT

Kep (Houston, Texas US) Age: 17 - Email

STONES FROM THE RIVER by Hegi- A truly spiritual, bittersweet story of a dwarf girl who lives in a small German village between the World Wars. If you've ever felt different, this is the book for you. It's not pagan- specific, but the main character is magickal in her own way. It follows most of her lifetime, jumping forward and back in a strange type of fortune-telling- it's hard to tell whether the narrator or character is the one looking into the faces of her neighbors and soldiers to see the truth and future. The tiny town is full to the brim with gossip, and being so strange, the main character is talked of plenty. She must fight throughout the book for acceptance, a role in society, Jewish refugees, love, and a little peace. The story is slow, @500 pages, but there's always something to keep your mind occupied, always another revelation to ponder.

Ok, I Admit It: This Isn't Your 'run Of The Mill' Suggested... Oct 21st. at 10:33:05 pm EDT

MIchael (Savannah, Georgia US) Age: 36 - Email

OK, I admit it: this isn't your 'run of the mill' suggested title when dealing with fellow Pagans and the subject of Magick. But before you assign me to the GEEK category, check out the books below. You might find that texts addressing the topics of Quantum Physics and Quantum Reality actually parallel a number of Pagan belief systems with respect to the Magickal Arts.

The theories on reality, space, time and the fabric of the universe presented in this field of study disturbed Einstein greatly, and threaten to completely 'undo' Newtonian Classical Physics. Insofar as Magick is the "Art and Science of altering reality according to one's own Will, " these texts provide scientific justification for the rituals we (and our ancestors) have been performing for a millennia.

They are easy to read, written for the general public, and are at the same time both fascinating and scary. For those interested in both Magickal Arts, and in straying off the beaten path, this would be a worthwhile read.

"In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality"
Author: John Gribbin
Retail Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 302pp.
ISBN: 0553342533
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Pub. Date: September 1984

"Schrodinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality: Solving the Quantum Mysteries"
Authors: John R. Gribbin & Mark Chimsky
Retail Price: $14.00
Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 261pp.
ISBN: 0316328197
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Pub. Date: March 1996

Blessed Be, and travel safely in your Circles.

(a.k.a. Thought Caster)

Hi!; Books? What Would I Suggest? Well, I Remember Witchcraft, Before The... Oct 21st. at 10:34:55 pm EDT

Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 59 - Email

Hi!; Books? What would I suggest?

Well, I remember Witchcraft, before the paganization and the politically correct
ecological agendas and radical social engineering of our Pagan Politicos.

Witchcraft was the "Black Arts", pure and simple, with no apologies to anyone's
mainstream. The object of the Craft was to produce and train practical occultists,
who would be formidable minds working the warp and woof of metaphysical Time and Space.

Ceremonial Magic and intellectual study were prime features of becoming an

I would suggest any books by W.G.Gray for developing one's magical abilities and Craft orientation. He is quite under-rated for the quantity and quality of teachings he can give.

A ceremonial background for Witchcraft is important. One may try to find a copy of MASTERING WITCHCRAFT by Paul Huson from the early 70's.
Witchcraft, of that ceremonial type, is best learned by just getting in and doing.
One's mileage becomes more important in Witchcraft, than one's lineage.

I, personally, pay very little attention to the Pagan Circle style and prefere to
practice the traditional Occult Arts and Psychic Sciences as Witches Work.
After all, that's what Witchcraft is all about, so I leave the Paganism to the politicos.

How About The Classic "mist Of Avalon"?? There Is One That You... Oct 21st. at 11:09:38 pm EDT

Seldanna (Norwood (outside Boston), Massachusetts US) Age: 25 - Email

How about the classic "Mist of Avalon"?? There is one that you can reread a million times and never get tired of it! :o)


I Think The Author Silver Ravenwolf Is A Great Writer. She Has... Oct 21st. at 11:37:51 pm EDT

Andrea McElyea (Anderson, Indiana US) Age: 23 - Email

I think the author Silver Ravenwolf is a great writer. She has several good books. Bright Blessings, Andie

The Butcher's Wife" Starring Demi Moore And Jeff Daniels, 1991 - Paramount. This... Oct 21st. at 11:39:35 pm EDT

Eleigh (Corpus Christi, Texas US) Age: 17 - Email

"The Butcher's Wife" starring Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels, 1991 - Paramount.
This is one of my favorite movies. It IS a 'girly-movie, ' but it is also a breath of fresh air for a bogged down mind and dingy spirits. I pop it in whenever I need a pick-me-up and loan it out to girlfriends who could use a smile. 107 minutes, PG-13. Enjoy!

Favorite Books Are Anything By Scott Cunningham. A Book That I Refer... Oct 21st. at 11:45:48 pm EDT

fiona lane (Purdy, Missouri US) Age: 32 - Email

Favorite books are anything by Scott Cunningham. A book that I refer too many times is, Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts, complied by Donald Kraig. As far as details go, this work is extensive. In my opinion it is WAY too technical for my taste. Largely concerns the Golden Dawn which have found many Wiccan rituals have a lot in common with.

An excellent book by a solitary is, 21st Century Wicca by Jennifer Hunter. I use this quite a lot to refer to as well. A wondeful description of a woman's search of her own unique version of Wicca. I draw a lot of inspiration from this book!

I love taking "mental breaks" with an Amy Tan (for those of you who may not know her, she wrote The Joy Luck Club) book. Anything by her is thoughtful, enriching, and always inspiring.

When I Was Younger I Used To Read "my Side Of The... Oct 22nd. at 12:56:37 am EDT

Jennifer Salinas (Saginaw, Michigan US) Age: 18 - Email

When I was younger I used to read "My side of the mountian" it was about a boy who escaped the evniroment of the city to live on his familie's mountian. I loved the story a lot. i can't remember the author for at, such a young age, author's names weren't really important to me. "the far side of the mountian" The sequal proved to be disappointing, although very well writen, i guess, again being very young, i wanted things to be different.

A movie that i love is the Matrix. Keano Rieves is soooo hot in black leather stuff. :-) ummmmm... another is Jurassic park. The computer imagery in that movie set my lust for computer art and animation and I currently work to become one of those creators.

blessed be
Isis Dragon Gin

Heart Touching Video: The War (1994) With Kevin Costner Fun For The... Oct 22nd. at 7:16:25 am EDT

Brekke WhiteRaven (Bloomfield, New Jersey US) Age: 21 - Email

Heart Touching Video: The War (1994) with Kevin Costner
Fun For the Whole Family Video: Willy Wonka and the chocolate Factory (1971) with Gene Wilder
Holiday Gift Video For The Average Man: Fight Club (1999) with Edward Norton
Holiday Video Gift for Woman: Tea with Mussolini (1999) with Cher

Books for anyone who remembers what its like being a kid... Kids included...: The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
Coffee Table Book: The Art of Makeup (Kevin Aucoin, 1996)
Absolutely Hilariously Sarcastic: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy More Than Complete Trilogy(Douglas Adams{R.I.P} 1970ish?)

The War is definately a sad movie, yet its the sort of sad that inspires us to go out and get happy and be thankful for the lives we lead.
Willy Wonka is an Absolute Classic!
Fight Club is not only good for men, but anyone who loves to really pay attention to all the little hints in movies.
Tea with Mussolini is uber-chick flick. However, I was glued to my seat.
Harry Potter takes me back to the days when my worst fear was cooties and/or a troll under my bed.
The art of makeup is a fabulous book for eye candy. many stars are all ritzed up for head shots in this book.
Hitchhikers guide is just plain.. for lack of a better term.. ROFL.

Other movies that I highly recommend...
Dogma, To Kill A Mockingbird, Legend, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Last of the Mohicans (from the 90's), and Meet the Parents.
Mists of Avalon, The Dragonriders of Pern series, Midwives (Chris A. Bohjalian) and Jack Handy's Deep thoughts.

I know. I babble ;)

For Light Relief, A Great Laugh And An Ironic Perspective On Our... Oct 22nd. at 8:09:58 am EDT

Jools (Rhyl, England UK) Age: 34 - Email

For light relief, a great laugh and an ironic perspective on our own world, anything and everything written by Terry Pratchett - if I could find a way to get in to the Discworld, I'd take up residence in Ankh Morpork this afternoon! Tolkien is a must-have, as is David Eddings. Otherwise, Marian Green provides sensible advice and guidance for the Craft ( as opposed to the "take three tufts of wolf-fur and a newt's third toe" brigade!), Doreen Valiente's "The Mystical Qabbalah" is an annual read, as is "The Chalice and the Blade" by Rianne Eisler. Kala and Katz Pajaeon's "Candle Burning Magic" is worth a read, and is much-referred to on my bookshelves. Films, well, "Willow" is a favourite, as is "Dragonheart" ( cos I'd love to find a real one someday!). "The Scent of a Woman" is a really powerful film that I watch time and again, and for a real "chick flick", "Green Card" has got to be the ultimate "take half a box of Kleenex and say goodbye to your mascara" film. Just for an alternative perspective, check out "Handbook for the Urban Warrior" by Barefoot Doctor - a Taoist guy over here in the UK, with a very down-to-earth way of applying those principles to daily life ( yes, I know I was on Films, but I'm wandering round the "favourites" file in my mind, so you'll have to forgive me!). And to help add structure and another alternative perspective, try "Ritual" by Emma Restall-Orr, for a druidic point of view to the way we "work". I could go on all afternoon, but I'm at work writing this, so I'll have to fly! Brightest Blessings, all!

Two Recent Books By Authors I Love: American Gods Neil Gaiman Isbn... Oct 22nd. at 8:12:34 am EDT

Bethy (Staten Island, New York US) Age: 34 - Email

Two recent books by authors I love:

American Gods
Neil Gaiman
ISBN 0-380-97365-0

A wonderful mix of mythology and americana and a gripping story to boot.

The Onion Girl
Charles deLint
ISBN 0-312-87397-2

It made me cry. This is a heartrending story about favorite character Jilly, with a mix of magic and hard reality that is deLint's trademark.

Books I read over and over again:
Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

oh, and a fabulous beautiful cookbook
Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook
ISBN 0-02-863465-9

droolworthy recipes for all aspects of the holidays and good year round! The mashed potato recipe is heavenly!

I Enjoy Great And Well Written Scifi/fantasy Books. My Personal Favorite... Oct 22nd. at 10:01:29 am EDT

Sonja (Cocoa, Florida US) Age: 33 - Email

I enjoy great and well written scifi/fantasy books. My personal favorite writers are Mercedes Lackey, Laurell K. Hamilton, Weiss& Hickman, Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, and the Chicks and Chain Males series..and Terry Prachett... I also have finnished reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series*good for a laugh*

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