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Posted: Nov. 17, 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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| For Pagan Oriented, I Would Recommend Anything Published By Llewellan. Even If... ||Oct 24th. at 8:47:59 pm EDT|
|drekfleth (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
For Pagan oriented, I would recommend anything published by Llewellan. Even if you find the book a little "off, " they have a couple of pages of books in the back. That is how I heard of almost all of my books. For astrology, _The Secret Language of Birthdays_ by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers (0-670-85857-9). Personology, personality by birth date.
For fiction, I absolutely must say _DUNE_ By Frank Herbert. It is a true epic by any standards, although I will say it can get a little deep at times. It is not a simple adventure. I will also say the _Otherland_ series by Tad Williams. It is actually one story split into four, very thick, books.
I also recommend _Stonehenge_ By Bernard Cornwell (0-06-10914-4). It describes the creation of Stonehenge in a way that rings true as _Mists of Avalon_ does.
For various magic "systems" in fiction, you can read The Death Gate Cycle (7 books) starting with _Dragon Wing_ By Weis and Hickman (0-553-28639-0) [Rune magic], _Dragon Prince_ and sequels by Melanie Rawn (0-88677-450-0) [Using light itself], _Magic of Recluce_ etc. By L.E. Modesitt, Jr., (0-812-50518-2) [Chaos/Order] and the Valdemar books By Mercedes Lackey _Arrows of the Queen_ (0-88677-378-4) was the first written out of 22 now published [Energy work, some include ÔactiveŐ Deities].
One interesting non-fiction is _The Elegant Universe_ By Brian Greene (0-375-70811-1). An interesting look into physics and Superstring theory. It isnŐt as boring as it sounds though. It had my attention until I had to read another book for school, and I am not one for non-fiction. A brief look at this theory is in the Witchvox article "Of Strings and Gods: Modern Physics and Pagan Spirituality." http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2000/e_science1.html
And for humor, _The Darwin Awards_ by Wendy Northcutt(0-525-94572-5) "commemorating those individuals who ensure the long-term survival fo our species by removing themselves from the gene pools in a sublimely idiotic fashion."
| The Best Movie To Watch When You're Down (or Anytime Really) Is... ||Oct 24th. at 6:06:45 pm EDT|
|Stacey (Richmond, Virginia US) ||Age: 20 |
The best movie to watch when you're down (or anytime really) is Brain Candy from the best comedy troupe ever the Kids in the Hall.
| The Book That Turned My Mind Around As A Pagan And Threw... ||Oct 24th. at 5:37:32 pm EDT|
|Hearthstone (Calumet, Michigan US) ||Age: 39 |
The book that turned my mind around as a Pagan and threw me bodily onto a new path was Ronald Hutton's _The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles_; it's a real myth-breaker, yet the author is very Pagan-friendly. I also recommend highly Hutton's _Triumph of the Moon_. Heck, anything by this guy is an excellent and thought-provoking read!
| An Absolute Must Read By Every Witch/pagan Out There Is The... ||Oct 24th. at 5:24:21 pm EDT|
|aspasia tiresias (Maine & Arizona, Maine US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
An absolute must read by every witch/pagan out there is The Chalice & The Blade by Riane Eisler. To say it is enlightnening is a huge understatement.
"The most important book since Darwin's Origin of Species." (Ashley Montagu)
"Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and the Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us." (Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits) is quoted from the amazon.com website for the book.
The Chalice and the Blade : Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler List Price: $18.00 (October 1988) Harper San Francisco; ISBN: 0062502891 is the info for the paperback it is also available in hardcover & the ISBN for that is 084466734X (December 1994) Peter Smith Pub. it lists at $28.50.
For that matter everything this woman has written is worth reading multiple times. But this one must be in every witch's library & especially the elders.
| Richard Adams (you May Know His Book "watership Down") Has Always Been... ||Oct 24th. at 4:17:13 pm EDT|
|Katrina (Metuchen, New Jersey US) ||Age: 37 - Email |
Richard Adams (you may know his book "Watership Down") has always been one of my favorite authors. I once heard someone describe reading his books as "being woven into a tapestry", and it's such an apt description! He's a magickal storyteller, and my absolute favorite book of all time is his novel, "Maia". It's the story about a young, beautiful peasant girl who is sold by her mother into slavery, and ends up a concubine in the mythical, semi-barbaric kingdom of Bekla. The story traces her adventures over the course of a year, to a heart-pounding conclusion. To say that this book is an epic is a serious understatement! This book has everything....politics, war, excitement, romance, and all with an underlying current of paganism that's magickal to behold. I think the book may be out of print now, but I was able to find used copies over the internet, and I think my local library even has a copy. Find it and read it...you won't be sorry!
| I Am Absolutely Enamored With The Wheel Of Time Series By Robert... ||Oct 24th. at 3:17:44 pm EDT|
|Sprite (St. Ignatius, Montana US) ||Age: 26 - Email |
I am absolutely enamored with the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It's nine books deep and still not done, so be forewarned--if you start this series, eventually you will find yourself waiting for two years at a time for the next book. He's definitely inspired by the craft, in a convoluted sort of way--feminine powers are air and water and masculine powers are earth and fire. Anyway it's a wonderful, very involved series with good characters.
| Books I Love: "their Eyes Were Watching God" By Zora Neale Hurston... ||Oct 24th. at 1:20:55 pm EDT|
|Mirri (Orono, Maine US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Books I love:
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston, a novel about a southern black woman trying to find her place in the world amidst racism, sexism and a couple of controlling husbands. Often overlooked, but a great feminist novel and well worth reading!
"When Heaven and Earth Changed Places" by Le Ly Hayslip. This one is autobiographical. Le Ly grew up in a small village in Vietnam during the war with America. She endured most of the hardships that come with war, and yet comes through it all with nothing but love and understanding. She's a strong woman and her book is incredibly moving.
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt is a true story about a murder (and the subsequent trial) in Savannah, Georgia (not really in the mystery genre, though). The characters are quirky, the story is a page-turner (and for those who need a little magick in their books, there's a rather amusing Voodoo priestess).
For a good Witch story, Phyllis Curott's "Book of Shadows" is awesome.
And "The Odyssey" by Homer is one that I read over and over again. It's got sex, swordplay, monsters, and ancient Gods-who could ask for anything more?
Movies I love:
"The Matrix"--awesome choreography, cool special effects, and one of those awesome, "how-do-we-know-we-really-exist?" plots. A little violent in parts, but otherwise awesome.
"Chocolat"--a woman moves into a quiet French village and opens a chocolate shop, just in time for Lent! A great movie about having a little fun and finding what's really important in life, and about learning to love and learn from people who are different. Speaking of which:
"Remember the Titans"--in 1960's Vriginia, the public high schools are desegregating. The movie follows a football team at one of these schools. The players learn to appreciate "the soul of a man, instead of the look of him", and find that they are ahead of their time, and their town, in that respect. A great Denzel Washington movie (is there any other kind?), and as a bonus it has an awesome soundtrack. This is my favorite movie, and it's one that everyone should see.
| I Reckon The Dvd "the Craft" Cause Not Only Is A Brill... ||Oct 24th. at 12:15:37 pm EDT|
|Carwen (Abergavenny, England UK) ||Age: 12 |
I reckon the dvd "THE CRAFT" cause not only is a brill slightly scary movie it also teaches us not to take advantage of our craft and not to miss use it!!! It is also a great movie to watch and it has loads of extra's and special effects !!!!
| Well, I Love Reading And, Although I«m A Witch, My Readings... ||Oct 24th. at 11:02:36 am EDT|
|Valqu’ria AngŽlica (Teres—polis, Brazil) ||Age: 22 |
Well, I love reading and, although I«m a witch, my readings are not all "pagan stuff". My favourite book is "The name of the Rose" - Umberto Eco. It«s a perfect book: full of beauty, exciting and the story is very, very good. The film is not so good as the book. I recommend.
| As A Librarian, I Am Exposed To Many Different Kinds Of Books... ||Oct 24th. at 10:21:28 am EDT|
|Denise (Sayville, New York US) ||Age: 20 |
As a librarian, I am exposed to many different kinds of books. Having seen and read so many of them, I always return to my favorite author when I want to read a great Science Fiction or Fantasy novel. That author is Anne McCaffrey. Ms. McCaffrey has written many titles over the last 40 years, and most of them are Science Fiction or Fantasy (she has written a few romances which are also great reading). I have enjoyed every single word she has ever written. I consider her one of the most talented writers I have ever encountered. Though she is in her 70s now, she still continues to write prolifically. Someday I hope to be able to get over to Ireland to meet her. I have an open invitation to come over for tea, as do all of her fans. I highly recommend reading Anne McCaffrey's works of fiction. In my opinion, they are the best!
| The Cantianing Masses Of Ice A Rare But Servere Book ,the Western... ||Oct 24th. at 6:44:55 am EDT|
|daimien nocturmius (torrington , Connecticut US) ||Age: 24 |
the cantianing masses of ice a rare but servere book , the western tradition, the paths of life and beyond silver broomstick, the pages of nine , the golden dawn , wolves of moon, through the stars of light, necronomicon, green magic, merlyin , and the book of seasons , the return to gogotha, are very interesting works lady of the serpents triads of five
| The Books "hell House", And "i Am Legend" By Richard Matheson Are... ||Oct 24th. at 1:53:09 am EDT|
|Myien Astrum Aetacium (Champaign, Illinois US) ||Age: 25 - Email |
The books "Hell House", and "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson are excellent, also anything by H.P. Lovecraft and good for a scare, as well as "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson. "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett is sure to keep you laughing. And "Hell House" based off of Matheson's book is excellent and has just been released on DVD.
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