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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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I Am The Author Of The Following Books Which Are Pagan And... Oct 26th. at 1:16:42 pm UTC

Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell, The Halloween Queen (Winchester, New Hampshire US) Age: 53 - Email


I am the author of the following books which are Pagan and Wiccan friendly and may be of interest to you and your readers.
"The Tastes and Smells of Halloween" Trick or Treat Trader Publications 2000 full color A cook book-Bogie book.

Salem Witchcraft and Souvenirs Schiffer Publishing 20.00

Collectible Halloween
More Halloween Collectibles
Halloween Collectilbe Games and Decorations
all Schiffer Publishing and sell for 30.00 ea.

Postmarked Yesteryear the art of the Holiday Postcard
Collectors Press 30.00 ( will be released in the next week)

I am currently looking for a publisher for a book on fortune telling and paranormal collectilbes. I am also, looking for a building in the Salem area to house a museum of over 15, 000 items spanning over 300 years dedicated to the memorabilia of Halloween, Salem Witch and the Paranormal (not Haunted House.)
I can be contacted via my email of web page http://adam.net/~halloweenqueen/home.html
blessings, Pamela THQ


The Book That I Read Over And Over Again Is The Complete... Oct 26th. at 1:47:06 pm UTC

Leighsha Batchelor a.k.a. Autumn (west palm beach) Age: 17 - Email


The book that i read over and over again is The Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymon Buckland. when I was starting out in my spiritual search it helped me out a great deal. It is especially good for beginners. It has rituals and rites and how to preform them. It goes into detail on how to cleanse your body as well as work area. I would say it's one of the best books I ever read, and I've read a lot. Green Witchcraft is good as well, along with Everyday Witchcraft.
Movies: the Labrynth


Well, Let's Start Out In Sci-fi. The Hyperion Series By Dan Simmons... Oct 26th. at 1:56:08 pm UTC

Shrike (Williamsport, Pennsylvania US) Age: 26


Well, let's start out in Sci-fi.

The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons, (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, Rise of Endymion), is amazing. Some of the best world development I've seen, and some really memorable characters as well.

The Sprawl Trilogy, by William Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) is another must-read. While it is written as a cyberpunk series, like the Hyperion series, there is a distinct spiritual dimension to it. Gibson was a seer in his time, anticipating world economic conditions, social conditions, and above all, the rise of cyberspace, a word he coined in 1983. His conception of cyberspace seems almost like the pagan perspective of the spirit realm, his artificial intelligences become godlike, and blur into the human realm. Really amazing concepts.

Also, don't forget Douglas Adams, may he rest well! I for one am keeping him in mind this Samhain. His sense of humor has brought laughter to many, and he will be dearly missed.

I am not a huge fan of fantasy, but can't help but recommend Marion Zimmer Bradley. It might be blasphemy to most pagans, but I actually liked "The Firebrand", a historical novel of the fall of Troy from the perspective of Cassandra, much better than the Avalon series.

In mystery, I highly recommend Rosemary Edgehill's Bast mysteries (Speak Daggers to Her, The Book of Moons and The Bowl of Night, all available in a paperback collection entitled Bell Book and Murder). She has such a down-to-earth view of the pagan community, and Bast is a phenomenal character! Anyone who's spent any time in the pagan community will agree how true-to-life her portrayal of the pagan community rings true.

For general fiction, I am a Kurt Vonnegut Jr. addict. I especially recommend "Cat's Cradle", "Hocus Pocus" and "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater"

On to inspiriational works, the ones I find uplift my spirit and give me hope in troubled times.

Jean Houston is an amazing author, her vision of humanity's potential is inspiring. I really recommend her autobiography, "A Mythic Life"

other inspirational titles:
Robert Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
Paulo Coelho, "The Alchemist"
Starhawk, "Truth or Dare" - I believe this to be an ideal model for pagan communities. A shame its advice is rarely taken to heart.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, "The Invitation"

As for pagan authors, the Farrars, Starhawk, and Doreen Valiente are the ones which really impress me the most. Not going to say much along these lines, since I think people can easily find info on pagan books around here somewhere =)


Some Of My Favorite Books Are By Stephen King And Terry Pratchett... Oct 26th. at 2:35:37 pm UTC

Claire (Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania US) Age: 27 - Email


Some of my favorite books are by Stephen King and Terry Pratchett.
Stephen King's "The Stand" is my personal favorite. Any books in Pratchett's Discworld Series are enjoyable. Humor and fantasy mixed together make for a very relaxing and fun read.
Also check out any books by Dean Koontz, Sidney Sheldon, Lawrence Sanders and Robin Cook.


There Are So Many Good Books And Videos For Pagans Out There... Oct 26th. at 3:01:06 pm UTC

White Rose (Farmignton, Maine US) Age: 19


There are so many good books and videos for Pagans out there! So many books and movies out there can be used for Pagan purposes that it is hard to pick a few. IŐve divided it up into sections to make it easier to read.
Movies
Mists of Avalon (I taped this off of the television)
Chocolat
Inherit the Wind
Ever After. (Great for just chilling on a Friday night.)
Willow
Camelot
First Knight

Fiction Books
The Once and Future King TH White
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (I love this one!!)
The Mabinogion
These I have read over and over again because they take you to a different time and place.

Wiccan Books
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum- I consult this one almost daily. I know it is not Wiccan in nature, but the meanings are sound, in my opinion.

Pagan Children Books
Wild Child by Lynn Plourde
Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde
Young Guinevere, Young Arthur, Young Merlin, Young Lancelot by Robert San Souci
All of these books have LOVELY pictures and are a joy to look through. I highly recommend them.

Other Books that are useful to Pagans
World History Encyclopedia
The Visual Dictionary of Ancient Civilizations
These two have wonderful information and pictures of various ancient civilizations, including photographs of the Venus of Windeldorf
The Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell- Very good for stories and pictures of the Gods
The Goddess Myths and Stories Lindell Barker-Revell
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Portable Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessed Samhain everyone!
White Rose


So Many Books And Movies Out There Can Be Used For Pagan... Oct 26th. at 3:01:52 pm UTC

White Rose (Farmington, Maine US) Age: 19


So many books and movies out there can be used for Pagan purposes that it is hard to pick a few! :) IŐve divided it up into sections to make it easier to read.
Movies
Mists of Avalon (I taped this off of the television- I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!)
Chocolat
Inherit the Wind
Ever After. (Great for just chilling on a Friday night.)
Willow
Camelot
First Knight

Fiction Books
The Once and Future King TH White
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (I love this one!!)
The Mabinogion
These I have read over and over again because they take you to a different time and place.

Wiccan Books
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum- I consult this one almost daily. I know it is not Wiccan in nature, but the meanings are sound, in my opinion.

Pagan Children Books
Wild Child by Lynn Plourde
Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde
Young Guinevere, Young Arthur, Young Merlin, Young Lancelot by Robert San Souci
All of these books have LOVELY pictures and are a joy to look through. I highly recommend them.

Other Books that are useful to Pagans
World History Encyclopedia
The Visual Dictionary of Ancient Civilizations
These two have wonderful information and pictures of various ancient civilizations, including photographs of the Venus of Windeldorf
The Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell- Very good for stories and pictures of the Gods
The Goddess Myths and Stories Lindell Barker-Revell
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Portable Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessed Samhain everyone!
White Rose


Merry Meet All, The Best Books I Have Found On Wicca Are... Oct 26th. at 3:31:33 pm UTC

Mary (CopperasCove, Texas US) Age: 25


Merry Meet all,

The best books I have found on Wicca are those by Scott Cunningham. Unfortunately I have also found that it isn't to easy to find them all anymore. I am under the understanding that Amazon.com offers them at good prices. Anyone new to the craft or needing specific information on herbs, incenses, oils or such, I would highly recomend these books.

I was quite suprised to find some good books on Gods and Goddesses in flea markets and thrift shops. These books tend to be old, but have good information.


I Would Highly Suggest The Burning Times, To Anyone Doing A Presentation... Oct 26th. at 5:03:15 pm UTC

Jess Donald (15101, Pennsylvania US) Age: 20


I would highly suggest The Burning Times, to anyone doing a presentation on Wicca and the Earth Mother, it was presented at one point on PBS, but can purchased for about $15.


My Personal All Time Favorite Is Stephen King.. I've Read Everything He's... Oct 26th. at 7:35:18 pm UTC

Laura (Ashburn, Georgia US) Age: 37 - Email


My personal all time favorite is Stephen King.. I've read everything he's every written.. But I have to admit.. in previewing the Harry Potter books for my daughter.. I got hooked... I own them all in hard back.. also anything to do with cooking or home renovation since myself and my beloved have recently undertaken the job of renovating our 100 year old home..
Happy Samhain
Love and Light
Angel


I Stray From The Glittery Glamour Of Fluffy-bunny Type Books From D.j... Oct 27th. at 1:36:18 am UTC

9;2;2 (Derby, Kansas US) Age: 17 - Email


I stray from the glittery glamour of fluffy-bunny type books from D.J. Conway, Silver Ravenwolf, and all of that crap. I have more anthropology and ceremonial leanings. Books who shove the "Wicca from pre-history" crap are to be widely avoided, as well as the "it's about balance but darkness is to be avoided" junk. Here are my recs:

Authors:

Gerald Gardner
Israel Regardie
Scott Cunningham (his Wicca / Living Wicca and herb books only)
Aleister Crowley
"Dark Moon Mysteries" by Timothy Roderick
Janet & Stewart Farrar
"The Golden Bough" by James Frazer (tired, boring, prejudiced, but a wealth of info)
"Cat Magic" by Jonathan Barry & Whitley Streiber (rare)
"Women Who Run With The Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Phd.
"Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit" by Garry Wills
"True Magick" by Amber K (fluffy, but exposes one to different Pagan / magickal areas, and lays down very good principles)
"Three Books of Occult Philosophy" by Henry Cornelius Agrippa
Jyade Cythrawl
Dr. John Dee
"The Sacred Works of Abramelin the Mage" trans. by Mathers
Dion Fortune


For A Very Thoughtful Samhain Poem Check Out Www.sfsite.com/darkplanet/poetry/samhn.html... Oct 27th. at 3:24:59 am UTC

Lynne Sylvrthorne (Chandler, Arizona US) Age: 42


For a very thoughtful Samhain poem check out www.sfsite.com/darkplanet/poetry/samhn.html


Someone Mentioned In An Earlier Post That She Had A Hard Time... Oct 27th. at 10:36:50 am UTC

Airsucker (Walled Lake, Michigan US) Age: 28 - Email


Someone mentioned in an earlier post that she had a hard time finding Scott Cunningham books. I work at Borders and we carry several. If you cannot find what you are looking for we can place special orders too. Our Magical Studies section is steadily growing and the bargain books are a great place to find books that you wouldn't expect.

Shamless plug finished.

Garrrison Keilor makes a good read. He may speak form the perspctive of the Luthren-raised, but he is pretty funny and occasionally has some wonderful insight on human existance.

Nicole


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