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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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If You're Looking For Movies With A Witchcraft Feel To Them I... Oct 22nd. at 10:16:56 am EDT

Raven Prince (Fort Lauderdale, Florida US) Age: 19

If you're looking for movies with a witchcraft feel to them I recommend The Wicker Man, Drawing Down the Moon, The Craft, Scooby Doo and the Witches' Ghost(I would reccomend that one to any pagans raising their children on the path, since it goes out of its way to explain the difference between Wiccans and evil witches and even to a certain extent explains what Wicca actually is), Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (also good for children), Bedknobs and Broomsticks, So I Married a Witch (a classic from the 1930s), Elvira Mistress of the Dark, The Witches of Eastwick, and even the Halloween movies (believe it or not the Halloween horror movies with Michael Myers were the first places I ever heard anything about Celtic practices from, and their information wasn't entirely inaccurate either, but you have to watch Halloween 2 and 6 for that). I'm sure there are many, many other movies out there with subtle pagan overtones. Apart from that, my pics for horror movies this time of year are: Halloween 1 & 2 & H2O, Nightmare on Elm Street 1 and New Nightmare, Friday the Thirteenth 1, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1, Scream 1 & 2 & 3, The Fog, Terror Train, Prom Night (gods bless Jamie Lee Curtis, the scream Queen), The Howling, Bad Seed, The Town that Feared Sundown (a true story about the Texarkana Phantom killer), Freaks (a classic from about the 1930s, with real carnival freaks in the starring roles), etc... or any of Stephen King's horror movies.
my book recommendations are as follows: a few books for Celts/Druids or those interested in the Celts and the Druids are Celtic Magic by DJ Conway (not really very accurate at all, but the quick index listings of all the Celtic gods is very useful and the book only costs $5.00 when you can find it), The Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis (a very scholarly look at the history, beliefs, structure, and practices of the Druid class of Celtic society, boring for most people but highly informative, a must-read for all Druids or those interested in the Druids), The World of the Celts by Simon James (another book about the history and practices of the Celts, very academic and highly informative, another must-read), Glamoury by Steven Blamires (highly recommended to everyone interested in Celtic spirituality), The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom by Caitlin & John Matthews (very detailed, very informative, literally an encyclopedia), 21 Lessons of Merlyn (can't recall the author's name at the moment), By Oak, Ash, and Thorn by DJ Conway (a book which teaches a modern Celtic form of shamanism, very well done), and The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford (beautifully done, wonderful pictures of trees all throughout the pages of the book). I also recommend as a Celtic Tarot deck The Sacred Circle Tarot by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason. And for those interested in folk magick: Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham, Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, Earth Power & Earth, Air, Fire, and Water by Scott Cunningham, and Magical Herbalism by (you guessed it) Scott Cunningham (those five books will give you everything you need to know to practice folk magick, though i know many other very informative books on the subject exist such as Silver Ravenwolf's American Folk Magic).

I Believe That Some Of The Best Books Are By Silver Ravenwolf... Oct 22nd. at 10:11:14 am EDT

Gabriel (marshall, Wisconsin US) Age: 15 - Email

I believe that some of the best books are by Silver Ravenwolf. There are so many useful things in her books. In one particular book she tells a story about dealing with some who said he was a Wiccan. This story really helpe me in lerning how to deal with posers. The best movie I've found so far truly has to be "The Crafft" that is the greatest movie I have ever seen.

For Older Kids On Up, Richard Adams' Book "watership Down" Is A... Oct 22nd. at 10:08:10 am EDT

Anigrrl (Lake Oswego, Oregon US) Age: 31 - Email

For older kids on up, Richard Adams' book "Watership Down" is a must-read for Pagans with an Animistic bent(which would be most of us). Outside of speaking, the world of rabbits is presented in a very vivid, realistic way and has a surprisingly strong spiritual undercurrent. Brian Jaques "Redwall" series & other more anthropomorphic titles which followed owe their inspiration to this book which started it all. The film "Watership Down" by Nepenthe Productions follows the book rather faithfully, including its grim realities of Nature which earned it a PG rating. Cute little Thumper bunnies won't be found here.

For Pagans who like anime or those who need to break free from their prejudice of anime, there's no better film than "Princess Mononoke." Director Hyao Miyazaki is well known in Japan for his strong Shinto-flavored environmental beliefs, which are stamped on every film Studio Ghibli makes. He stated publically that old European Deities were mixed in with this picture, & The Horned One does roam the primeval forest of Mononoke's Animal Gods. There's both a strong heroine & hero, & the backgrounds & animation are truly gorgeous. For younger Pagans, rent "My Neighbor Totoro" where two girls move to the countryside & encounter the kami nature spirits which live there.

I recommend these titles for people who don't get to experience the natural (real) world as much as they would like. All evoke a sense of ecospirituality
that is rarely seen in most mainstream media today.

Blessed Be,

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*

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!

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!

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 ;)

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

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.

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!

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

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)


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