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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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| Books: Anything In The "marcus Didius Falco" Series By Lindsey Davis. Falco... ||Oct 23rd. at 8:25:08 pm EDT|
|Maeve (Laurel, Maryland US) ||Age: 36 - Email |
Books: Anything in the "Marcus Didius Falco" series by Lindsey Davis. Falco is a private detective in ancient Rome. Other favorites are anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, Laurell K. Hamilton, or Louise Cooper. I also enjoy some of the media tie-in novels for Farscape, Star Wars, and ST:DS9
Videos/DVDs: "Practcal Magic" is a must-see for any witch, even though I've never personally danced around drinking margaritas to "Lime in the Coconut". I really enjoyed "Gladiator", because the hero's Pagan beliefs were central to his survival. "Princess Mononoke" was a wonderful movie. Also check out "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer. Also, any DVDs of Buffy, Farscape, or Stargate!
| Oh, I Do Love A Good Book! I Could List Dozens And... ||Oct 23rd. at 7:20:56 pm EDT|
|Orionova (London, England UK) ||Age: 30 - Email |
Oh, I do love a good book! I could list dozens and dozens I love. However, I will do my best to keep this short. Honest.
Non-Pagan, I absolutly adore Terry Pratchett. ANY Discworld book is worth a read, believe me. A fantasy novel I read several times over the years (until I lost my copy in a fire. ::sigh:: Can't find it again, darn it!) is The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce. It is about a vampyre that drinks souls, not blood, and the girl that sets out to save her friend from it. It is classed as juvenial fiction, but I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. If only I could find it again...
| Myself, I Find I Am Enamored With The Harry Potter Books. True... ||Oct 23rd. at 6:28:16 pm EDT|
|danielle (Oil City, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
myself, i find i am enamored with the harry potter books. true, they may be for children, but they are wonderful nonetheless.
i also enjoy the movei practical magick. semi-factful, and extermely funny, i love this movie.
| Ok, I'll Go With My Pagan Specific One First: That Is Buckland's... ||Oct 23rd. at 4:46:01 pm EDT|
|Izlanyth (Kingsville, Texas US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Ok, i'll go with my pagan specific one first: that is Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Rayford Buckland or as my friends and I call it, "BIG BLUE" If one does not have this book get it. It is a great book everyone of my wiccan friends who does no have it always tries to borrow mine or someone else's especially mine. A few series I suggest you read, they're not a pagan series but they are very good series: The Lord of the Rings, The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind and hmmm I can't think of any more at the moment, but I know I know of more. oh oh-well, if they come to me later I'll send 'em but until then...Merry Meet and Merry Part and let us Merry Meet again!
| Books: "the Cat Who..." Series Of Mysteries By Lillian Jackson Braun - Burned... ||Oct 23rd. at 4:10:25 pm EDT|
|Moselle (Glen Gardner, New Jersey US) ||Age: 29 |
"The Cat Who..." series of mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun - burned out journalist finds a new life with two siamese cats and solve crimes.
The Herbal Mysteries series by Susan Wittig Albert - ex-lawyer turned herb shop owner solves mysteries with her new age best friend.
"Practical Magic" starring Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman, love story with lots of magic worked in.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Tim Burton, one of my favorites (good for kids)
| Oh!! The Book Of Moons And Speak Daggers Too Her By Rosemary... ||Oct 23rd. at 3:33:13 pm EDT|
|SapphireStar (Kindsbach) ||Age: 29 - Email |
Oh!! The Book Of Moons and Speak Daggers Too Her by Rosemary Edgehill!!! Absolutely! These books are one and two of the Bast mystery series.
Bast, a typical New York witch living her life as best she can on the New Aquarian Frontier, deals with life and death in her own magickal way. They are witty, richly drawn, and complex. They give some of the best depictions of modern day paganism anywhere and were major influences in my direction onto the Pagan path.
| I Just Finished An Excellent Book Last Night; Charles Delint's The Onion... ||Oct 23rd. at 2:37:54 pm EDT|
|Gray Jay (Labrador City, Newfoundland CA) ||Age: 26 |
I just finished an excellent book last night; Charles deLint's The Onion Girl. For those of you not familiar with his work, you are missing out! He is an amazing writer of mythic fiction and you really can get sucked into the cities of Newford and Ottawa and the characters he creates. Other great fantasy writers include Guy Gavrial Kay, Emma Bull, Steven Brust, Jane Yolen, Terri Windling, Mydori Snyder and Terry Prachett, just to name a few. Any of the books by these authors are excellent... Enjoy!
| I Recommend The Robert Jordan Series "the Wheel Of Time". So Far... ||Oct 23rd. at 12:58:02 pm EDT|
|jake hardwick (carlsbad, California US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
i recommend the robert jordan series "the wheel of time". so far it is a series of nine books, it is fantasy, and i find them enjoyable to read over and over again. also, the "sword of truth" series by terry goodkind. both series are captivating and the authors are very good writers.
| Okay, So I Forgot Some... For Cat Lovers Out There, The Cat... ||Oct 23rd. at 12:21:41 pm EDT|
|Silverpixie Wings (Greenfield, Indiana US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Okay, so I forgot some...
For cat lovers out there, The Cat Who Dunit series is pretty good. A guy and his siamese, or two siamese, depending on which book you choose, solve mysteries where they live and travel to.
The Jane Churchill books are goofy.
Someone else suggested two discworld books, but I would read all of them, Especially Three Ecks, and Death takes a Vacation.
For the teenagers out there, I would suggest reading Silver Ravenwolf's newfiction series, Witches Night Out, with the characters from the cover picture of Teen Witch. Pretty cool, and gives teen characters to empathize with.
| Waking The Moon By Elizabeth Hand Is A Book I Have Read... ||Oct 23rd. at 11:59:20 am EDT|
|Nihila (Albuquerque, New Mexico US) ||Age: 23 - Email |
Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand is a book i have read four times in the six years since i discovered it. The follow-up, Black Light, is also excellent. These are stories concerning the old gods and goddesses and their followers in a modern world. The consequences and benefits are very well thought out, and the writing is gorgeous. Turning anyone onto Neil Gaiman's work is always a good idea too, and they will thank you. The Sandman series is some of the best fiction ever written in any format, and his new novel American Gods is very much of interest to us.
| Well, In The Categorie Of Disney Flicks, Hercules Is Up There...kind... ||Oct 23rd. at 11:58:10 am EDT|
|Silverpixie Wings (Greenfield, Indiana US) ||Age: 18 |
Well, in the categorie of Disney flicks, Hercules is up there...kind of wierd, but I like it that Pegasus whistles and tweets like a bird. Tamora Pierce's books (The Lioness 4, The Immortals 4, Circle of Magic set, and her new set)are a fun way to relax. She takes nature, myths, Gods(with their names changed or spelled differently), magic, and sort of a midievil setting to teach children, teenagers, and adults lessons. And, speaking of magic and lessons in books...You can't forget Harry Potter! Though it would be totally killer if magic were that easy(point and *POOF*) or had such a different school, it would be a major bummer if magic were restricted to a small number.
| Well, Since Opions Count...here's What I Enjoy. Book Wise: David Eddings... ||Oct 23rd. at 11:55:02 am EDT|
|sabrann (Milledgeville, Georgia US) ||Age: 25 |
since opions count...here's what I enjoy.
David Eddings fantasy series the Belgariad and the Mallorean.
Raymon Feist Krondor series
Ann Rice Vampire series
R.A. Salvatore Forgotten Realms Drizzt's series
Star Wars ( ALL of them )
X-Files ( season Premier Nov.4th )
The Godfather series
Schendlier's List ( ya, i know ....spelling is off )
Waiting for releases in Theater's :
Harry Potter ( my 6 year old nephew is dying to see this )
Lord of the Rings
From Hell ( it's out now )
I cann't think of anything else....biggest thing with me personally is Star Wars, X-Files, and books. I guess video games can join in but, I really don't play them that much so, I don't know any good ones.
Hope this helps and brings joy to someone else like they have for me.
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