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  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    A wonderful book written by an inspirational author, who looked beyond the noise of today to showcase the peace and tranquility of tomorrow and beyond. An incredibly simple yet (frustratingly with hindsight ) clear way of looking at life, this book will give anyone a wonderful point of reference when the chaos all around can become all too consuming. I would urge you, your friends and your network to share Ian's message, learn to let go of all of those things that hold you back from happiness and embrace all of the learnings you can take on board ~ Tracey Geralds, Amazon UK



  • Why are Animals Funny?
    EDA Collective
    The career prospects for young academics, especially in the humanities, are dire. But the barriers to full-time, long-term contracts for young thinkers across the British Isles have in some cases bred creativity. The daring of young thought is still potentially as invigorating as in decades past. The problem is that the academy has little space for risk taking.

    Universities are restricted more and more by unadventurous business models. And their timidity is reflected in their often conservative choices when funding research by young scholars.

    Yet rare beacons of young dissenting voices persist and adapt to this inhospitable climate. Those who operate on the margins of traditional publishing, paradoxically, are starting to represent the cutting edge of the academy. These are writers who are hungry to continue the healthy tradition of new thinkers who challenge the status quo.

    Their trick is to make more accessible highbrow theories of gender, ideology and the postmodern in order to influence public debate. Readers may be familiar with one of these collectives, the Everyday Sexism movement, but perhaps fewer will have taken note of Everyday Analysis (or EDA for short). The latter has gained a number of admirers in more niche circles.

    Its blog, everydayanalysis.com, has caught the imagination, in particular, of those intellectuals who are forced to the margins of the academy. EDA embraces the internet as a primary platform of publication and has mobilised in new ways to stand out from the countless young academics with whom it must compete for attention. It publishes almost weekly – a significant challenge to the slower and more traditional forms of academic publishing.

    Attempting to attract a new audience, EDA has now released its first collection of essays in traditional print, Why Are Animals Funny? The title may intentionally suggest a certain inanity, but, given the collective’s intellectual rigour, this first impression is misleading.
    The collective organisation of EDA counters refreshingly the narcissism (in other words, the individualism) of more mainstream scholarly writing. Perhaps counterintuitively for a medium that allows us more and more to curate our own virtual lives, at least some of the narcissistic tendencies of academic writing are eradicated if the work appears online and is authored collectively: anonymity is now well established as advantageous to the radical thinker.

    The collective, in turn, may take the intellectual high ground over the superstar academic; the introduction to Why Are Animals Funny? makes EDA’s position clear: “We hope that having no presiding authorial voice is part of our fidelity to the cause.” The “cause” is proving the usefulness of theory to disentangling the hidden complexities that structure our everyday lives.
    EDA’s publisher, Zero Books, also pours scorn on the mainstream in its mission statement. In the academy, it suggests, “A cretinous anti-intellectualism presides, cheered by expensively educated hacks in the pay of multinational corporations.” Revolution is in the air, at least in this corner of cyberspace.

    The numerous readings presented here meticulously pay respect to the work of theorists and philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin and Slavoj Zizek. In so doing these essays harness and distil complex theory to show us the full ideological significance of that which we may otherwise regard as insignificant; a game of Angry Birds, the phrase “man-up”, the collapse of support in Britain for the Liberal Democrats, and the cable programme Man v. Food are just some of the subjects reframed by Why Are Animals Funny?

    This is not just the posturing of the disenfranchised. At its astute best, Why Are Animals Funny? invites us to become the subjects of its analysis and to recognise that which we disavow: that desire and ideology control us even in the most mundane situations. EDA inverts the “commonsense” knowledge dished out by the accepted experts of our age.
    Take the cult of “curing” our neuroses and our modern obsession with restorative therapies. Following the psychoanalysis of Jacques Lacan, EDA insists we should embrace rather than dismiss our unique quirks and habits: “To assume our symptom [. . .] is to realise that our very ‘consistency’ is to be found precisely in our ‘pathological’ singularity.” In other words, we should accept our symptoms as our unique qualities, as intrinsic to our being.

    Even the “common sense” lauding of charity is challenged. Drawing from Zizek, EDA asks us to consider that which economic charity smudges over: it “avoids the confrontation with the question of how it became necessary in the first place – and how its causes might be addressed by changing the system”. We should see charity as necessary only because of the inhumanity of the capitalist structures that necessitate it.

    It is not only a desire for change that drives the writers of EDA but also intoxication with the theoretical text. These young thinkers use what they have – intelligence, resourcefulness and an eye for the everyday – to produce readings at a pace that the academy cannot mirror.

    At its best this collection sets a precedent for a new generation of critical engagement with popular culture. EDA is fighting to carve a new space for the intellectual in popular media. Its battle is just beginning. ~ Matt Foley, Irish Times



  • On Dragonfly Wings
    Daniela I. Norris
    I am highly sceptical about hypnotic regression and organised mediumship but there is a certain appeal about Daniela Norris’s writing that draws you into ‘On Dragonfly Wings: a sceptic’s journey to mediumship’. Unlike the usual catalogue of inexplicable otherworldly happenings, this book is beautifully written and certainly not about fluffy characters who have seen ghosts or spirits since childhood of the Doris Stokes variety. The descriptive background is painted for us like passages from a novel but there is an instant rapport with the deep sense of loss on the death of a younger brother – a tank commander who dies in a drowning accident. This is the author’s story about how and why she embarked on a voyage of discovery in an attempt to find out what really happens when we die. I can’t say that I finished the book as a convert but there are some truly thought-provoking moments, especially if you are one of those people who believe that our dead are always with us. Highly recommended. ~ Suzanne Ruthven, amazon.co.uk and amazon.com



  • Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
    Rachel Patterson
    I have loved reading this book, as a new starter to all this I found it very well written and easy to understand. I have a copy on my kindle and have just ordered a paperback copy so that I can highlight pages and different sections. Now on my second read through and it won't be my last. I have also downloaded 2 other of Rachel's books and can't wait to read these as well. Really enjoying my new journey learning about the craft! ~ Esther, Amazon



  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    I really enjoy Rachel Patterson's writing style. She makes these Kindle books a fast read as well as a good reference. The affordability is great and so downloading her entire collection was quite satisfying! ~ aprilrain, Amazon



  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    This was an amazing book! Both friendly and informative. I love the way it was written and how I couldn't put it down. Thank You, Rachel Patterson, You are my new Favorite author and I can't wait to discover your other books! I highly recommend this book. ~ Melmon, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Such a nice collection of moon lore and facts. Rachel Patterson writes as if conversing with a friend: refreshing. The Kindle edition is with me at all times (thru the Iphone Kindle app) and is an easy way to check moon phases and correspondences. ~ aprilrain, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Concise, easy to read, and full of great information. I love this book. ~ Amanda, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    "Very good book packed with lots of little gems. Very good reference book with some good meditations i would recommend the audio cd by the same author. Enjoy :)" ~ Marie Price, Amazon



  • Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism
    S. Kelley Harrell
    This guide is not fluffy. Harrell’s book is accessible, unassuming, and to-the-point without feeling like you’re being talked down to—perfect for my inner teen. ~ Luna Luna Magazine, http://lunalunamag.com/2014/07/29/review-teen-shamanism-harrell/



  • Good Pussy Bad Pussy
    A. Aimee
    5 Stars & Bow to A.Aimee for Creating Such an Extraordinary Story

    I came across this book and the author on Twitter. I was stunned to look at the title and before reading, my mind shouted for the first star*.

    GoodPussy Badpussy, the titles itself reveals that it’s a mouth-watering, erotic page-turner but the story will actually make you desperate on every page.

    Once you start this book, you can’t leave it!
    It Rocked my nights and stayed on my nerves all day.

    The book has Heartbreaking start: Amsterdam-- when Rachel leaves her husband and her son and you are like I Hate You Rachel and questions are on your mind like why the hell she did it, how can a mother leaves her son! But still the next page doesn’t give you an answer. But as the story goes on… and you feel sorry and pity for Rachel, she’ll make you think what this girl has suffered - abused, raped and harassed and still she is being carefree. But I adored her for coping and for being a strong woman--ready-to-face every obstacle with loads of excitement.

    Rachel, the main character, is a seeker, who is looking only for happiness, love, freedom, acceptance, and an extraordinary adventurous life.

    Rachel is a flying Bird who tastes Prohibited fruits just for Fulfilling her Desires, but is never filled up. She flies to Stefan and leaves, she flies to Albert and leaves anyway. The end of book tore me apart. I’m not going to forget Rachel and all the other characters soon.

    The book is an exceptional drama which glimpses on choices, self decision-making, sexual liberation, sexual abuse, relationships and exploring your own body and loving yourself.

    Yes! Call it fight or conflict!
    But it is
    GoodPussy v/s BadPussy

    The book has landed me with oceans of emotions!

    My Favourite Quote:
    "The secret to sex is having some.”

    A.Aimee – Great work! You have peculiar writing style (deserves 5 stars+ special star for the attractive title).
    Keep Writing
    Ps: A.Aimee: What’s Next?
    ~ Mehwish Imam, Goodreads & Amazon



  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    I loved this book, Ian had explained things which seemed familiar to me in a way my whole soul understood, i felt i was reading about my life, at last i know i'm on the right path, Your Simple Path is genuinely a fascinating read which i feel everyone can connect with. ~ Sonia, Amazon UK



  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    This is a lovely book written in a gentle style which simply invites the reader to consider aspects of their life and actions and to make possible changes. For me, this is a very effective way of presenting ideas. The book is respectful, inspiring and simple. Thank you Ian. ~ Kathryn, Amazon UK



  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    A really great book. Clearly written and easy to read.. Although I have read it from cover to cover, I still dip back into chapters when l need to remind myself that I can choose to live a simple path. ~ Helen Rigler, Amazon UK



  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    A inspiring, and uplifting book, beautifully written and with many universal messages. ~ Camila Tapernaux, Amazon UK



  • Why Men Like Straight Lines and Women Like Polka Dots
    Gloria Moss
    A must-read for men who want to understand women better and women who want a better understanding of men. Gloria Moss takes a tour d’horizon of the worlds of fine art, architecture, marketing, design, digital media and the workplace and your view of the world will be changed forever.
    ~ Jeremy Jacobs, Event host, presenter and speaker



  • Why Men Like Straight Lines and Women Like Polka Dots
    Gloria Moss
    This book is a thought-changing one that will revolutionise the way that you look at the visual world around you. You will see how each of us is influenced by elements in our gender that we may be unaware of and how this impacts on what we produce and prefer in the way of visuals - whether it is art and design, architecture, websites or advert. This is relevant to us as consumers as well as people who work in organisations and you will need to be ready to forget a lot of what you know already. This book presents fascinating new information that shows again…and again …and again that there are different ways of seeing that shake the foundations of much of our current understanding. Individuals, companies and society needs to sit up and take note and then move forward!
    ~ Thomas Jordan, Ex-Chief Creative Officer, Hoffman York Advertising, Chicago. Speaker, Creative Writer and author of Re-Render the Gender and co-author



  • Purefinder
    Ben Gwalchmai
    "Breathtakingly intimate and obscure, the story takes many turns...Written with authentic and artistic use of language, the novel felt all too real...The colourful characters are varied and interesting, the setting believable and the mystery of what is behind this trip and where it will end kept me on tenterhooks until the end.

    The psychological terror, grief, fear and thread in their respective gothic colouring together make for excellent horror writing. The historic aspects are equally well accomplished and I should imagine the book doing well with fans of either genre."
    ~ The Historical Novel Society, historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/purefinder/



  • Purefinder
    Ben Gwalchmai
    "Know this going in; Purefinder is a smart book. Very smart.
    ...
    It's a book that gripped and frustrated me in equal measure. But such is the nature of books like this. If a horrific descent into hell via 24 hours spent in Victorian London sounds appealing, give this a read. It's certainly worth it for the morbid and sometimes terrifying images conjured up by whatever daemon Ben Gwalchmai is channelling.

    Just be aware you may have not read much like it before." ~ The Cult Den, http://www.thecultden.com/2014/07/the-cult-den-book-club-purefinder-by.html



  • 100 Years of Vicissitude
    Andrez Bergen
    Our chief protagonist Wolram E Deaps, first seen in the sci-fi noir TOBACCO STAINED MOUNTAIN GOAT, has passed away and now resides in the hereafter; a strange halfway home between life and death - a place where memories are relived in all their gore and glory.

    Accompanying him is a geisha, Kohana, having also passed away following an innings of 100 (or thereabouts). Despite the triple figure, Kohana resembles a teenager - one of many mysteries that enthralls Deaps. Initially there seems to be little to link these two vastly different characters, however as the story unfolds their lives become intertwined in more ways than one.

    I've not read a book like ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE before. It has no distinct genre, rather borrowing elements from many to form a literary tale that transports the reader through a sticky strange web of nostalgia ingrained in the lives and deaths of Deaps and Kohana.

    Rich with fact and equally engaging fiction, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE is an imaginative beast that is nothing short of all consuming.

    Author Andrez Bergen has got to be one of the most diverse authors I've read, each of his novels is unique and top shelf and ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE is no different. ~ OzNoir, Just A Guy That Likes 2 Read