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- Wanderer, The
Timothy J. Jarvis
In his introduction to the recent New York Review of Books edition of two horror novels by William Sloane, Stephen King writes that the books are 'actual works of literature,' in that slightly embarrassed way fans of genre fiction have of explaining themselves to others.
'Actual literature' is code for things like 'well-developed characters' and 'non-formulaic plots,' and as much as genre fans may bridle at such distinctions, few of them have not experienced the rush of joy that accompanies the discovery of a book that can be safely recommended to one’s non-genre-reading friends. Look – characters! Accomplished prose! Literature!
This is approximately the sensation one feels when reading 'The Wanderer', Timothy J. Jarvis’ debut novel. A tricky, postmodern work that can function as a collection of short stories as easily as a science fiction novel, and is best received as both at the same time, it’s the sort of weird fiction that you’d give to someone to convert them to weird fiction.
This is an extraordinarily accomplished first novel, and readers of weird fiction have much cause for celebration at the prospect of a second. In a corner of the literary world where 'actual literature' is all too rare, Timothy Jarvis’ 'The Wanderer' is the real thing. ~ Tom Breen, Muzzleland Press
- Small Change
"With his off-beat pulp style featured in both comics and novels, here Andrez Bergen leads us into the bizarre world of Roy Scherer, a P.I. whose eyes are more focused on the weird phantasms of the occult than Chandler’s mean streets. Helped by nerdy assistant Suzie Miller, Scherer combats criminals for whom a standard Smith and Wesson load will do little harm. Only the silver-plated variety of bullet will damage these people!" ~ , Crime Fiction Lover
- Little at a Time, A
I enjoyed reading this book, the writing style makes it seems as though there is a conversation in progress, very engaging. The author goes into quite a lot of detail about homeopathic history, provings, both through researched information and those she has carried out herself which is very interesting although I would query quite so much detail on this subject for a book of this nature which I would have described as a guide to using homeopathy at home.
There is a lot of helpful information about self prescribing, the rational behind it, ascertaining one's own response to a situation or illness and choosing a remedy accordingly. I found that helpful along with the explanations about the strengths of remedy, frequency of administering and when to stop.
The author has provided a list of common health issues and suggested remedies both for First Aid situations , pregnancy, birth and the more general coughs and colds type of situation, covering dosages for adults and for children.
I feel that this is a good introduction to home use of homeopathy, a general guide with good pointers and reading it will provide an open mind with a new tool for improving health, and may even fire up a new found passion. ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon UK
- Little at a Time, A
This is an excellent book about homeopathy be you a rookie learner or an experienced user for years. Mary has conveyed the gentle and natural holistic healing properties that are the foundation of this science. The extraordinary explanation of proving and yes more is less.
Chapter 11 on Mental illnesses is an area that surprised me but so logical.Talk to the patient and find out exactly what caused the upset ,depression and treat the person with one or two remedies, no horrible side effects as with the chemical drugs and think we could save the NHS a fortune !
This is a book that everyone should have a copy on their shelf at home to help treat little ones to elderly parents in the most nurturing way. ~ Jill, Amazon UK
- Emancipation of B, The
A life-affirming celebration of the human spirit in adversity. I didn’t think at first I was going to enjoy Jennifer Kavanagh’s novel The Emancipation of B, with its Eeyorish square peg who becomes a recluse after a disabling accident. But, magically, I was won over – even changed – by it. ~ Stevie Krayer, Poet, author of New Monkey
- Little Book of Unknowing, A
‘Cogito, ergo sum.’ I think, therefore I am. René Descartes came to this memorable conclusion after subjecting his ‘world’ to the most rigorous, uncompromising doubt. Even his senses, he believed, could deceive him. What could he be certain of?
Certainty, and uncertainly, are at the heart of A little book of Unknowing by Jennifer Kavanagh. It is an excellent read: revealing, perceptive, personal, stimulating and inspiring. It is a book for seekers. It is a book for Friends. It is a book for people who are interested, not in materialism and consumerism, but in exploring the spiritual and mystical side of life.
People, Jennifer Kavanagh writes, crave certainty. Our lives and lifestyles are built on it: built, since the Enlightenment, on a passion to know and on centuries of acquiring knowledge about the world. Today, the author argues, we crave certainty in our career, our relationships and our faith. We want the familiar, the reliable and the predictable. We long for security. We veer towards the road taken. It is hard not to with bombs and bullets shattering lives in the centre of Paris.
The first part of the book deals with the distinction between science and religion. It is not a question, the author writes, of ‘either/or’ but of ‘both/and’. She casts a critical eye on the accepted certainties of science and tells us that scientists themselves work in a world of ‘provisional’ truth. It is good to be reminded that it was the scientist Albert Einstein, not a Medieval mystic, who said: ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’. He also said that ‘there is a world of religious experience’ that is ‘not opposed to science’.
This is Jennifer Kavanagh’s deeply held belief. She writes: ‘Faith is not about certainty but about trust.’ What can we know with certainty? How can we know God? Her answer to this question forms the central thread of the book and is tied, closely, to her own story.
Faith, she explains, came to her by surprise after a personal trauma that prompted her to give up her career, after thirty years in publishing, and to learn to ‘let go’. The decision was life changing. She plunged into the unknown and began to embrace uncertainty. The author’s decision to abandon a successful career took courage. She writes: ‘I had no idea what I wanted to do but it did not matter’. She no longer needed to know, but to allow herself to trust.
A little book of Unknowing is an intimate portrait of a spiritual awakening and journey. Jennifer Kavanagh confesses that, having plunged into the unknown, she had to surrender many things – plans, expectations, ambition and those ego-driven desires that society conditions us to accept over our working lives.
Spiritually, it meant listening, completely letting go and waiting for God. Zen Buddhists talk about ‘having no knowledge’ and behaving ‘as if just born’. Jennifer Kavanagh believes that, to really go deep into a spiritual space, a certain kind of religion is helpful: not a religion based on scripture and ritual and action, but one based on stillness and silence and waiting.
I particularly enjoyed the short chapter entitled ‘Reclaiming the dark’ and would have liked more. It promised seeds that will hopefully be explored by this sensitive writer. Illuminating quotations are thoughtfully used and St John of the Cross, Brother Laurence, Thomas Merton and John O’Donohue are among those selected to assist the reader along the journey.
A little book of Unknowing is an engaging, and tender, invitation to approach the Divine and provides very helpful advice on how to do it.
~ Ian Kirk-Smith, Editor, The Friend
- Heart of Life, The
Review: Heart of Life, Shamanic Initiation & Healing
The Heart of Life is a shaman's story - both the personal story of one man's initiation into shamanism and the story of how shamanic healing could help all of us on this planet to break out of destructive cycles and make the world a better place. I know that might sound a tad pretentious, but the book is written with such honesty that it doesn't come across as pretentious when you read it.
Author Jez Hughes didn't set out to be a shaman - as a kid he wanted to be a footballer - but a series of shamanic experiences, starting when he was a child, led him on his path of self discovery and insight. His experiences were diagnosed as periods of mental illness, but by going through them, and not only overcoming them but also realising that there were lessons to be learnt by them, he become an archetypal "wounded healer".
Jez says: "The path of the shaman/healer involves intense initiations that cause them to face their darkest sides and the darker side of life. This is why they are known as ‘wounded healers’. Training can help with this, but in a way the best training is the initiatory illness that they go through."
Many of the books you will find about shamanism these days are written either by academics or by those who as an adult have consciously chosen to follow a shamanic path. This is the personal story of someone who very much had shamanism thrust upon them. It is a fascinating read. Even if you are sceptical about shamanism, Jez's personal story is a gripping one and if you don't agree with everything he says, the genuineness of his convictions are nevertheless thought-provoking.
Publisher Moon Books says about The Heart of Life, which has the subtitle Shamanic Initiation and Healing in the Modern World: "The Heart of Life is an exploration into the depths of what it means to be alive, when the ‘cellophane packaging we wrap around life to keep it safe and sterile has been unwrapped and discarded’. It reveals how the ancient path of shamanism and indigenous wisdom can offer us solutions to the many problems facing the modern world, both global and collective. It offers a unique cosmology that explores how these problems, from potential global ecological catastrophe to the multitude of mental and physical illnesses afflicting individuals, are intrinsically linked and how they can be treated. How the soul sickness that is affecting the modern world may well be the initiation we are going through as a species. This is illustrated through the personal and professional experiences of contemporary shaman Jez Hughes, who cured himself successfully of convulsive fits and mental illnesses using shamanic methods and has since gone on to treat thousands of people in the same way."
~ Lucya, Badwitch
- Towards a Conceptual Militancy
Art is on its Arse... Read Mike Watson's book on how to help art get off its Arse. ~ Mark McGowan (aka The Artist Taxi Driver)
- Quaker Way, The
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~ Lily Moss-Norbury, Email
- Towards a Conceptual Militancy
This is a significant book on the theme and potential of political art, and its relevance to the left. ~ Oliver Ressler
Daniela I. Norris
The first book of Daniela Norris which I had read was “Collecting Feathers: Tales from The Other Side“. The book totally took me in a storm and changed my view of “The Other Side”. “Recognitions” is the first Novel by the author.
“Recognitions” is a book written in first person narration by Amelia Rothman. But the story soon bifurcates into two other main characters Adele Durant and an African Shaman, as the characters emerging from Amelia’s hypnotherapy. The story swings between the three characters, initially with no relevance. But gradually, as the story unfolds, each of the character shows their relevance and brings out the complete picture.
The concept of the story is more of self enlightenment and self actualization. It plays around the concept of “Things that are meant to be”. The writing style is simple and elegant. Daniela ensures that the reader is at pace with her narration and has no difficulty imagining the situations playing in the book. The descriptions of people and places are given in enough detail to create a picture but not that it feels dragged.
The characters vary their complexity depending upon the situations they are placed in. The characters, although are from different eras, blend well with each other through out the story and bring out the best in the theme.
By the end of the book, a feel of being enveloped by hope takes over.”Recognitions” is a book I shall definitely recommend everyone to read. It has a smooth flow and simple positivity to it. The upcoming parts in the Trilogy definitely have something to catch up to, as this one surely has set a benchmark. ~ Devi Nair, Views She writer Blog
- Little at a Time, A
A Little At A Time
Even though I have used homeopathy myself for nearly 40 years, I have learnt a lot from this book. When I developed a painful condition a few years ago, I ended up being passed from one puzzled doctor to another who all tried to find a suitable drug to suppress my ‘disease’. Reading Mary English’s book was like finding a friend who understood me, who could work with me as a whole person, rather than against the ‘disease’, as if it were a separate part of me. I’d forgotten how homeopathy can be so empowering.
One of the chapters is named ‘Gaining Responsibility for Your Own Health’ and that’s exactly what this book helps you to do. It explains how and why homeopathy works or doesn’t work, and how to self-prescribe safely. The author does not claim that homeopathy works for every condition and she advises on certain symptoms, when to seek advice from the medical profession or to go to hospital.
The book contains some useful history, some beneficial case studies, and invaluable practical info. It demonstrates how a complex condition is often caused by a dramatic change that happened in the past. Mary English encourages us to be more self aware, more proactive with looking after ourselves. She also speaks about the miracle of life, how to maintain a healthy balance, as well as how to rebalance after illness, emotional discord, and upsets. She suggests we lighten up about our health and not regard it as a problem. How liberating is that?
A Little At A Time is not a heavy tome with extensive reference on every kind of condition. It is an easy to follow guide to treat the sort of things that most families go through, from common coughs and sneezes to a broken heart. All traumas create symptoms of some sort, which can be addressed by using homeopathy and following Mary English’s guidance.
“Remember: drugs are made for diseases. Homeopathic remedies are made for people.”
Highly recommended ~ Little Birdie, Amazon
- Artist at Work, Proximity of Art and Capitalism
Artist at Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9JH, UK
9781785350009, $25.95, 241pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The main affirmation of artistic practice must today happen through thinking about the conditions and the status of the artist's work. Only then can it be revealed that what is a part of the speculations of capital is not art itself, but mostly artistic life. In "Artist at Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism", philosopher, dramaturg and performance theoretician Bojana Kunst (a professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Justus Liebig University, Giessen, where she is leading an international master program in Choreography and Performance) deftly examines the recent changes in the labor of an artist and then addresses them from the perspective of performance.
Critique: As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, "Artist at Work: Proximity of Art and Capitalism" is exceptionally well written and will prove to be of immense interest to both scholars and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the role and condition of the artist in a capitalist society. A work of impeccable scholarship, "Artist at Work" is very highly recommended for professional, community, and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Artist at Work" is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.59).
~ Mary Cowper, Midwest Book Review
- Not I, Not other than I
Not I, Not other than I
Russel Williams, author
Steve Taylor, editor
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9JH, UK
9781782797296, $15.95, 171pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Russel Williams was born in London in 1921. He now lives in lives in Atherton, near Manchester, UK, with his wife Joyce. Since 1974, he has been the president of The Buddhist Society of Manchester. Deftly edited by Steve Taylor, "Not I, Not other than I: The Life And Teachings Of Russel Williams" is a compendium of the thought and writings of Russel Williams, who is one of the most remarkable enlightened spiritual teachers of our time. After an early life of extreme hardship (leaving school at the age of 11, and becoming an orphan shortly afterwards) Williams underwent a spiritual awakening at the age of 29. Since the late 1950s, he has been a spiritual teacher, and is still actively teaching now, at the age of 94. Previously, Russel has avoided publicity and never published any writings or transcripts of his talks, preferring to work quietly with small groups. "Not I, Not other than I" is the first time any details of his teachings or of his life have appeared in print. "Not I, Not other than I" is partly a record of his teachings, and partly also the story of his extraordinary life. Working with well-known spiritual author Steve Taylor (who has attended Russel's meetings regularly since the 1990s) Russel has created a profound text which will surely become known as a classic of spiritual literature.
Critique: "Not I, Not other than I: The Life And Teachings Of Russel Williams" is an enormously important contribution to the study of religion and spirituality. An absorbing read from beginning to end, "Not I, Not other than I" is as thoughtful and thought-provoking, as it is inspired and inspiring. Very highly recommended for community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Not I, Not other than I" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.09).
Michael J. Carson
~ Michael J Carson, Midwest Book Review
- Headline Murder
A skillfully constructed mystery that plays fair with the reader and holds the reader's rapt attention from first page to last. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library mystery/suspense collections. ~ Carl Logan, Midwest Book Review
- Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life
Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life
Ann Betz & Karen Kimsey-House
Change Makers Books
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9JH, UK
9781782798651, $20.95, 188pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: We live in a world of both profound separation and deep longing for connection. In "Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life", co-authors Ann Betz (co-founder of BEabove Leadership, and an international expert on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching, and human transformation) and Karen Kimsey-House (co-founder of the Coaches Training Institute, the largest in-person coach training company in the world) explore not only the historical and spiritual history of our disconnection and its cost to individual and societal well-being, but also provide a compelling, neuroscience-based argument for how to make the next "great turning" of human development: becoming more integrated human beings. They invite you to accompany them through a road map to integration by exploring in detail the Co-Active model, originally used by coaches, but with practical application to business, parents, teachers, and anyone with a desire to be more effective, connected, and whole. Richly illustrated with true stories of integration in action, as well as current research in neuroscience, "Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life" provides a guide to reaching our full potential within ourselves, with each other, in groups and organizations and with society at large.
Critique: Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in composition and presentation, "Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life" is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Ideal for the non-specialist general reader, "Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life" is very highly recommended for community and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Integration: The Power of Being Co-Active in Work and Life" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
~ Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review
- Selected Poems: Quest for the One
Title: ‘Selected Poems’ Subtitle: ‘Quest for the One’ by Nicholas Hagger Paperback £19.99 Kindle format: £11.99: 459 pages Published by: O Books
In this compilation, Nicolas Hagger demonstrates his timeless visionary and story telling abilities. His collection of poems, ‘Quest for the One’, is enthralling and takes you on an historic and literary journey and weaved within the tapestry are the thoughts, experiences, beliefs and ideas of the author.
The preface succinctly gives the reader insight and prelude to the poems. Nicholas Hagger is a man of many skills and abilities, a historian, educator and writer, here skilfully and generously prepares us with enough information to whet our appetite before we venture through the myriad of verses of his mind and soul.
His passion for the literary works of the past and his insatiable thirst for truth and knowledge are apparent. He explores his own thoughts within a context of a variety of situations and is self aware on emotional, political and spiritual levels.
‘Quest for the One’ is not a book to read in one sitting, in a similar way, to get to know someone’s personality and character also takes time. The poems are fit for scholarly interpretation, which would sit well in an academic setting, in libraries to be shared with Philosophy, English Literature, History and Political Studies.
His spiritual depth and openness is impressive and like a true mystic, he courageously surrenders for all to ‘see’ his truth. Therefore, a true seer whose raison d'etre is not to keep wisdom and truth hidden, but like a demon possessed, or an angelic guide, Hagger captures the darkness and light of humanity and pours his heart into his prose poems to both inform and share what he witnesses. He shares his awakening from his youth to his later years, through ordinary and extraordinary experiences, with one important theme – to create order from chaos through poetry. He shows deep empathy for the afflictions of the heart and for the human condition and covers sensitive topics such as the loss of love and the bereavement of loved ones. In the preface he explains beautifully, ‘The soul shapes the fragments of the universe it perceives “into one” like an archaeologist piecing together the fragments of an unearthed urn. In contrast, the social ego’s reason analyses and dissects, sees distinctions rather than similarities, breaks the One into bits and is separated from the unitive vision’.
This book is a quest, and needs to be revered and read as if you have found a jewelled treasure. Once you read the preface you are in a better position to understand and appreciate the workings of the poet’s mind. What intrigued me was Hagger’s rich and diverse ‘secret’ life as a British agent which affected his personal life and helped to shape his thoughts about the ‘follies’ of society. There are some poems that will capture your heart more than others. For myself, these were of the loss of his mother. I also enjoyed ‘Chill Fingers’, ‘Beethoven’ and ‘Earth’, as these resonate with my own sentiments.
There is something for everyone in Hagger’s collection of poems, ‘Quest for the One’. To be more specific, I think this is for anyone who dares to try and ‘piece together fragments of an unearthed urn’ which is suggested within the text. I am a writer and poet and I too know the longings of the soul to question and seek answers that the heart puts forth. The mind often has a field day trying to reason and confuse the heart but the soul sits quietly waiting for its chance to intervene and expose the truth The soul is an exhibitionist and wants the world to know its secrets. Hagger does this most skilfully through this beautiful, knowledgeable and inspired poem collection. Reviewed by Christina Christou www.writetherapies.com
~ Christina Christou, www.writetherapies.com
- Etched in Lies
Imagine feeling every lie that someone tells. Imagine it causing you pain in such a way that your whole body will shake and shiver but you have no idea what is happening to you or why. A simple paper cut could multiply each time you hear a painful lie. Dylan Lord learns through many lessons that are difficult for her to understand that her life as she knows it is one big lie.
What would you do if your body became Etched in Lies?
Truths, lies, deceptions, fear, hope, friendship, trust and family loyalties and love are at the heart of this novel by A.M. Hughes. What would happen if everyone told the truth? What would happen if and when Dylan gets her own dissimulator to help store and heal the lies? Would you rather hear the truth or live with your life Etched in Lies? What would you do if you were Dylan? A great novel for YA’s and Adults to talk about what happens when we don’t face our own lies and truths.
Just Reviews gives this book FIVE HONEST TRUTHS
Read more https://tillie49.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/etched-in-lies/ ~ Fran Lewis: MJ Magazine: , Just Reviews
- Squaring Circles
I like this book because it covers a lot of genres. There is a little bit of everything in the story: romance, crime, mystery, fantasy and just a little touch of the paranormal, which all go into the mix to create a wonderfully-told story. There is a great cast of characters who bring the story to life and you can almost feel the words breathe off the page as you read. I do recommend that you read the first book ‘Transforming Pandora’ before you read this book; there are a lot of characters and it is easier to know who everyone is, if you have the background from the first book.
~ Nikki Bywater, Nikki's Book4U blog
- Legacy of Druids, A
Ellen Evert Hopman
"A key tenet of Druidry is its connection to story, of land and people. The voices gathered in this collection are a pleasure to hear, as wisdom is passed on from one tribal generation to the next. We have no physical campfire, but I could certainly imagine one as the pages turned, hand to hand and heart to heart."
~ Cat Treadwell, Druid Priest and author of Facing the Darkness and A Druid's Tale