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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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| I'll Just Throw In A Few. Books: The Lord Of The Rings... ||Oct 28th. at 9:23:02 am EST|
|Amanda (Dallas, Texas US) ||Age: 20 |
I'll just throw in a few.
The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit by Tolkien- I just started reading these a couple of months ago. I've gotten up to The Fellowship of the Ring. Great books. Don't know why I waited so long to read them.
Fahreinheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Book I was made to read in high school and liked. Very important message to it. Creepy how his vision of the future seems to be coming true. I've also read "The Veldt", a short story by Bradbury, and want to read more by him. Reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse - Before I was into Paganism I was into Eastern Religions, and they still appeal to me. Easy, thin book about a guy in ancient India searching for meaning in life.
The Hitchhiker's Trilogy by Douglas Adams - Humorous Sci-Fi that gets kind of deep in places in satirical sort of way.
Dr. Seuss - I learned to read off Dr. Seuss!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - My favorites as a kid. Allegory of the Bible with talking animals and stuff, but I had no problem with that.
I haven't been reading much lately. Not as much as I should anyway, so I'm kind of behind on new books out there. Hopefully you guys will give me some ideas.
The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris - Probably some of the information is out of date by now, but when it came out in 1967 it was a big deal. Study of humans from the perspective of a zoologist. Very insightful. Also reccomend "Catwatching", "Dogwatching", and the new "Horsewatching" by the same guy. If you have any cats, dogs, or horses these will give you some insights into why they behave the way they do.
I'm a science geek! The science and nature section of the bookstore is one of my favorites.
Contact - Based on Carl Sagan book that I haven't read yet. Carl Sagan was a neat guy! Lots of people I know didn't like the movie. Too intellectual I guess. I loved it. Lots of science vs. religion stuff, or maybe more like stuff you can prove vs. stuff you can't prove. Loved the ending.
American Beauty - Maybe the best movie I ever saw. Again, most people I know didn't like it, although the few that did totally loved it like me. About how a guy spends the last year of his life (of course, he doesn't know it's his last year). Reminds you that most likely you will never know when your last year is going to be. How are you going to spend it?
The Lion King - My favorite animated Disney movie. Get over the talking and singing animals and look at like a fable or folktale. I wish I could see the musical.
Beatles movies - I love the Beatles! A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Let it be, The Beatles Anthology. If I really want to treat myself I pull out some of those.
Monty Python is good for laughs. More videos that will have you speaking in a British accent the rest of the day.
Okay, I think that's enough for me.
| I Think You Should Give Spells And Imformation About Whitches For Those... ||Oct 28th. at 8:49:52 am EST|
|nanilla (chicago, Illinois US) ||Age: 16 |
I think you should give spells and imformation about whitches for those who are interested.
| I Love Anything By Orson Scott Card. He Has So Many Books... ||Oct 28th. at 7:03:47 am EST|
|Rose (Portsmouth, New Hampshire US) ||Age: 22 - Email |
I love anything by Orson Scott Card. He has so many books out, and yet hardly anyone has ever heard of him. He write Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense. You name it, he's probably written something for it. His most famous series (and one of my personal favorites) starts off with a book called Ender's Game. It's a sci-fi series about a young boy, a "third" child in a future where there are limits to how many children you can have. All the children in the community are screened to see if they'd be good for combat training. If they pass, they are shipped off (usually as young as the age of 6) to Battle School, which is located on an asteriod in deep space. These children are trained to fight in the third "Bugger War", the buggers being an alien species that resemle large wasps. Ender, which is the boys name, is destined to be the best and the brightest (not to mention the youngest) of the entire bunch. They have mock battles in zero g between the "armies", or classes, and he eventually works his way up the ranks. He gets promoted to Command School by the time he's 9, when most don't make it until their 13 or 14 if they make it at all. In Command School you get to see him struggle with his "good" nature, his hatred of killing, against his being pushed further and further so that he'll be ready by the time the "buggers" come back.
It is a wonderful tale. I recommend it to anyone. And I don't read sci-fi!
| For Wonderful Irish Mythology Reading I Turn To Juliet Marillier's "sevenwaters" Trilogy... ||Oct 28th. at 5:35:46 am EST|
|Londubh (Honolulu, Hawaii US) ||Age: 24 |
For wonderful Irish mythology reading I turn to Juliet Marillier's "Sevenwaters" trilogy. The first two books are out; "Daughter of the Forest" deals in a very old Irish legend of the girl-child Sorcha and how she worked to save her brothers, who had been turned into swans by an evil enchantress. The second book, "Son of the Shadows", continues the family saga with the next generation of spellcrafters.
For moments when I want to read but don't have the time to dive into a large novel I read anthologies of short stories collected or written by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley. "Sword and Sorceress", a sci-fi/fantasy-themed collection, is one of my favorites. "Lythande" is another fantasy collection I recommend.
| Dragonlance Chronicles By Weis And Hickman Can't Say Enough Good Things About... ||Oct 28th. at 1:10:04 am EST|
|alucard (rhinelander, Wisconsin US) ||Age: 16 |
dragonlance chronicles by weis and hickman
can't say enough good things about these books...
read one and you will be hooked
| Greetings All! First, Books! I Love Books! Non-fiction: Book Of Shadows By... ||Oct 27th. at 2:28:59 pm EDT|
|Metalligoth (Brighton, Michigan US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
First, books! I love books!
Book of Shadows by Phylis Currot. I wish this book was around when I was first trying to figure out what Wicca is all about. It's a wonderful book for not only Wiccans, but for anyone interested in why someone would want to become a Witch.
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. Another awesome book. This one has a lot for beginners, but is one of those books that you can always pick up and find an idea in it, no matter how long you've been practicing.
Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches Way by the Farrars. (Compiled together as one softcover volume, simply called The Witches Bible.) These have anything you could ever want to know on Witchcraft from a traditional perspective.
If I had to pick only three books, those would be the three.
For Celtic studies, The Encyclop¾dia of Celtic Wisdom by Caitlin & John Matthews is awesome. It uses old myth for reference to modern Celtic spiritual practice. Another goodie is By Oak Ash & Thorn by DJ Conway. That one helped a lot with Astral Projection.
For Tarot, I reccomend only one book, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by Arthur Edward Waite. It's the original book written by the writer of the most well known and widely used deck.
Keep in mind, I know people that are Pagan and have never read a book. They just have done what feels right, and some of them have been doing it for decades.
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. It's tale brings hope to our future.
Mists of Avalon. (Nothing more needs to be said for this one...)
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Fantasy at its finest.
Revelations. This book is a compilation of short stories, and it is wonderful. Each story is by a different author, and while they all have their good points, my favorite is "Fixtures of Matchstick Men and Joo" by Elizabeth Massie. It's about a secret government plot during the 1960's to start communes so they can keep people in the anti-war movement drugged and out of trouble.
Mists of Avalon. (Nothing more needs to be said for this one...)
Legend, Labyrinth, Willow, and just about any other 80's fantasy film you can find. They're all awesome!
Romeo and Juliet (the 90's version) was very well done, as was Ever After. 90's fantasy usually doesn't cut it, but sometimes there are special cases.
The Postman had potential. It's too long. If they deleted a half an hour from the running time, it could have been one of the best movies ever made.
Any movie by Kuberic. I've never seen a movie by him I didn't like.
Princess Mononoke, Final Fantasy, and the Fifth Element all have some intersting plots and Pagan-ish themes to them. On a seperate note, Final Fantasy VII (the game) has probably the best plot of any book or movie I've ever encountered.
City of Lost Children and Run Lola Run are two awesome foreign films.
The Crow is immortal.
Alright, that's enough for now... Good luck finding entertainment!
| If You Are Looking To Think But Escape At The Same Time... ||Oct 27th. at 1:24:28 pm EDT|
|Ashley (Los Angeles, California US) ||Age: 21 |
If you are looking to think but escape at the same time, I have to recommend "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman. I'm sure many of you have heard of it, but for those who have not read it - it is amazing. It contains chapters full of different concepts of what time really is. It is definitely a mind bender, and a quick read. I literally could not put it down.
| I Am An Avid Sci-fi Fantasy Reader, And I've Discovered David Eddings... ||Oct 27th. at 12:10:11 pm EDT|
|owlfeather (Battle Ground, Washington US) ||Age: 37 - Email |
I am an avid sci-fi fantasy reader, and I've discovered David Eddings Belgariad series has a surprising Pagan streak deep in it. He followed it up with another five book series called the Mallorean. Same characters, new problems. For some fun reading, with a earthy twist, try these.
| Someone Mentioned In An Earlier Post That She Had A Hard Time... ||Oct 27th. at 10:36:50 am EDT|
|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.
| For A Very Thoughtful Samhain Poem Check Out Www.sfsite.com/darkplanet/poetry/samhn.html... ||Oct 27th. at 3:24:59 am EDT|
|Lynne Sylvrthorne (Chandler, Arizona US) ||Age: 42 |
For a very thoughtful Samhain poem check out www.sfsite.com/darkplanet/poetry/samhn.html
| I Stray From The Glittery Glamour Of Fluffy-bunny Type Books From D.j... ||Oct 27th. at 1:36:18 am EDT|
|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:
Scott Cunningham (his Wicca / Living Wicca and herb books only)
"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
Dr. John Dee
"The Sacred Works of Abramelin the Mage" trans. by Mathers
| My Personal All Time Favorite Is Stephen King.. I've Read Everything He's... ||Oct 26th. at 7:35:18 pm EDT|
|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..
Love and Light
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