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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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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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| I Don't Really Get Out Much Outside Of My Job And Right... ||Oct 28th. at 4:37:56 pm EST|
|Amber Heathen (suburb of Portland, Oregon US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I don't really get out much outside of my job and right now I'm on maternity leave. I usually just stay home and read or watch movies or tv. Here's a list of some of my favorite things:
(I know, cliche) The Mists of Avalon trilogy by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (I didn't like the movie much, but I absolutely *love* the novel)
Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
The Stand by Stephen King
What To Expect When You're Expecting and What To Expect The First Year (I just had a baby girl a week ago)
You're Pregnant! A Guide For The Longest Nine Months Of Your Life by Kathryn Hammer (this book got me through my pregnancy and gave me some really good laughs...I would have gone absolutely crazy without it)
One True Thing
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Shakespeare In Love
Hamlet (the one with Mel Gibson...mmmmm)
Saving Private Ryan
Enemy At The Gates
Of Mice And Men
The Color Purple
The Who's Tommy
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Good Will Hunting
Dumbo (the only *good* Disney movie)
anything Loreena McKennit
Type O Negative
Cradle of Filth
Fleetwood Mac (I even named my daughter Rhiannon)
Theatre of Tragedy
| Movies- Babette's Feast Was Mentioned A Few Days Ago, Well Worth A... ||Oct 28th. at 6:50:57 pm EST|
|lilith (somewherein, Washington US) ||Age: 48 |
Babette's Feast was mentioned a few days ago, well worth a look.
Another food film, Tampopo, is on my see-again list.
Strictly Ballroom- quite a feast of its own.
I've Heard the Mermaids Singing.... a sweet little Canadian film
Baghdad Cafe, near the top of my list for more than a decade
anything by Gaia Consort
Sheila Chandra's ABoneCroneDrone and Weaving My Ancestor's Voices
Rumours of the Big Wave (single The Burning Times- well worth a listen)
anything by Jane Siberry
Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Marion Zimmer Bradley- so much more to choose from than Mists of Avalon
Ursula K. LeGuin
Curott's Book of Shadows
Starhawk's Spiral Dance and Fifth Sacred Thing
Doreen Valiente, the Farrars
in a category by himself
Robert Anton Wilson, thank you, RAW!
| Hmmmm.....so Many Recommendations, So Little Space.... Right Now I'm Reading The... ||Oct 28th. at 7:00:59 pm EST|
|Bryony Ravenwillow (Kansas City, Missouri US) ||Age: 33 |
Hmmmm.....so many recommendations, so little space....
Right now I'm reading the first three books of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. The rest haven't been published yet, and I'm impatiently waiting for Book 4! The first three titles are "A Game of Thrones", "A Clash of Kings", and "A Storm of Swords". Extremely well-written and intricately plotted, with distinct characterizations.
Laurell K Hamilton's books are good reading. "Narcissus In Chains" just came out, and I admit that I'm getting a copy for a friend as a Yule gift, so I can borrow it afterwards! Fortunately, I'm a speedy reader.
Melanie Rawn's "Dragon Prince" and "Dragon Star" trilogies are very, very good, with a unique magical system using light.
Katherine Neville's "The Eight". It's about a mystical chess set fought over between the forces of good and evil, and it skips back and forth from the French Revolution to 1970s New York. It's really, really good! It's got several Pagan elements to it.
In nonfiction, I highly recommend Phyllis Curott's "Book of Shadows", and Leonard Shlain's "The Alphabet Vs the Goddess". The first needs no introduction. The book by Shlain postulates a fascinating theory between the invention of writing with the decline of goddess worship in ancient times, and its resurgence coinciding with the return of more visual mediums like motion pictures and the internet. You may not agree with it, but it's definitely thought-provoking.
With movies, I love "Interview With the Vampire", "Braveheart", "Rob Roy", "The Crow", "The Princess Bride", "Ladyhawke", "The Shawshank Redemption", "American Beauty", "Seven", "Shakespeare In Love", and "Sense and Sensibility".
One other fiction book before I forget! "Tigana" by Guy Gavriel Kay is a beatifully written book, and it's absolutely heartbreaking. Actually, anything by Kay is beautifully written and heartbreaking. His are the only fantasy novels I've read where victory is never absolute. But "Tigana" is my favorite.
Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain, everyone!
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