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  • Romeo and Juliet in Palestine
    Tom Sperlinger
    Sperlinger writes so lucidly, and in few words creates the sense of a world. On many levels, Romeo and Juliet in Palestine provokes thought. It doesn't reinforce any partisan position - in fact it refuses to do so - but it's so deeply about justice and human fulfilment. I hope it will be widely read. ~ Helen Dunmore



  • Wanderer, The
    Timothy J. Jarvis
    Imagine a novel that tries to define supernatural horror fiction while re-defining it for a modern sensibility. The nearest example I can think of is 'The Ceremonies' by T.E.D. Klein, a book many considered a qualified failure. Well, a second contender has now emerged in the form of 'The Wanderer', a remarkable debut from a British author.

    Thus we have a novel that manages to combine horror with science fiction, in that it attempts to offer a vision of the broad sweep of future history. Sadly, all the author can come up with is 'we'll have more of the same, then we're buggered' - admittedly a popular take on things, but I found it disappointing.

    The book is also beset by info-dumping - the tendency to the throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Another difficulty is the author's tendency to use ten words where one would suffice. I can see why he does it - Poe and Lovecraft, who are listed (with many others) as tutelary spirits of this book, were notably wordy. But Bierce and Maupassant, who are also name-checked, were admirably terse. I am, I admit, more of a taker-out than a putter-in when it comes to prose style. But the frequent overloading of the text is, for me, an impediment rather than a powerful effect.

    In case I seem too harsh, I must round off by saying that 'The Wanderer' is a remarkable achievement, albeit a flawed one. As one review (quoted in the book) succinctly remarks, reading it is a little like wandering through a library assembled by some insane devotee of fantastic atrocities and excesses. ~ David Longhorn, The Supernatural Tales Blog



  • Reggie & Me
    Marie Yates
    You know that feeling when you start reading a book and it grips you so tightly that you literally can't put it down? This morning I started reading Reggie & Me by Marie Yates, and didn't move an inch until I'd turned the final page. What a wonderful, heartfelt, compelling, heartwarming, uplifting, thought-provoking and inspiring book! ~ Lisa Tenzin-Dolma



  • Emancipation of B, The
    Jennifer Kavanagh
    … It focuses on B, a character I found myself, as an introvert, relating strongly to, as he figures out what sort of life he wants to lead and how to get there in a world not made for him. As his world becomes filled with mindfulness you become mindful of each word you’re reading. It’s a great read between action packed page turners if you’re looking for something that is a little different and a little spiritual. It deals with death, family, and becoming an adult. It also tackles racism gracefully, something I found very refreshing considering my recent reads.

    This is definitely a book that came at the right time for me and I was sad to see it end the way it did. It ended solidly, that’s not why I’m sad, but it had me wishing there was another chapter just to see what happened. I’m a very curious person. I can’t think of a better ending that would highlight B’s values so well.

    … I know many prefer books that are more external conflict and adventurous, whereas The Emancipation of B focuses very internal and has a mindfulness pacing that isn’t commonly found.
    ~ Book Girl, Goodreads



  • 90 Days of Heat
    David Matthew Brown
    "When I first started reading 90 Days two things occurred. First I realized right away that the book should be read in unison with his 90 day journey, meaning one day at a time. Because if you move to fast, as with yoga, you'll miss something vitally important. The other thing was I immediately got out my pen and began underlining sentences, that hasn't happened for me since Course in Miracles fell into my lap a long time ago. Always a sure sign something significant is occurring. I'm finding that every day and every page contains an opportunity for the reader to disengage from the rat race and embrace the real race back to self. Page 114, "Life is here to support us. We are supported but we need to understand, practice,and engage the support within." I believe that to be a profound yogi acknowledgment. I feel a genuine teacher teaches without trying. Instead he/she teaches by pure example through experimentation {in this case doing yoga in an oven for 90 days}, and then documentation. As it turns out David Brown truly excels at documenting important lessons very eloquently. In closing, I think this is the perfect book for those who want a new and improved life but are a bit lacking in knowledge as to how to get that boulder moving." ~ Steven Martinez, Valkyrie Arts



  • 90 Days of Heat
    David Matthew Brown
    "David’s commitment to confronting his fears, discovering new strength and emotional depth, and sharing his vulnerability with humour is completely inspiring. Reading this book is a wonderful reminder that we are each in charge of our own personal happiness, successes, breath, connection to ourselves and with others…and that the days when it feels impossible are the days that tend to hold the most impactful breakthroughs!" ~ Emily Morwen, Modo Yoga LA



  • Emancipation of B, The
    Jennifer Kavanagh
    This is one of the most original books I've ever read. It's very focused on the interior of the protagonist, B, with very little dialogue, and not much actually happening. This was challenging, but something kept me going. It was gripping and I wanted to know what happened to him. The ending was satisfyingly powerful, with a strong message about what being human means. (4 star) ~ Hayley Gullen, Goodreads



  • Thimio's House
    John Kefala Kerr
    Flawed characters make for a really involving story, set against the current problems in Greece. ~ tripfiction.com, http://www.tripfiction.com/books/thimios-house/



  • How I Left The National Grid
    Guy Mankowski
    In How I Left the National Grid, Mankowski writes for every disaffected young person who turns to post-punk for solace, and for every person who is passionate about the possibilities that this kind of music opens up. For every mass-produced Joy Division t-shirt taken off a coat hanger in a high street store, perhaps there is a person for whom this music is an antidote – perhaps the only antidote – to such a homogenized, commercial culture? Post-punk represents something which remains vital and alive when so much seems sanitised, stale and – in the words of one of Manchester’s finest, Howard Devoto – so very humdrum. Mankowski’s novel speaks to this market. ~ Northern Soul magazine



  • Grail, The
    Simon Andrew Stirling
    "A brisk rattle through the well-worn paths of the Grail and King Arthur. Some challenging new theories, applied with a king of relish reminiscent of Robert Graves, make this a fascinating book."

    John Matthews, author of The Grail: A Secret History. ~ John Matthews, Direct contact with Moon Books



  • Little Book of Unknowing, A
    Jennifer Kavanagh
    Many readers will be familiar with The Cloud of Unknowing as a well-known 14th century spiritual text. Unknowing involves letting go of control and being open to inner guidance - it is the opposite of a decisive, outwardly driven life, reminding us of its inherent uncertainty that invites and attitude of trust. In this small book, Jennifer explores ‘what we think we know, what we don’t know, what we can and can’t know’ with a special emphasis on letting go of a limited kind of knowing. She sees spirituality as our capacity to be open enough to realise that there are things that we cannot know and fully comprehend and which form part of an unseen order with which we can become aligned. The chapters are short with a couple of pertinent questions at the end. They concern expectation, different ways of knowing and living, creativity, reclaiming the dark and acceptance. This helps to create and inner stillness and receptivity where we can here the inner voice of God. We also find ourselves arriving at a place of love and appreciating the close link between love and knowledge. I recommend this book for contemplative reading and reflection that can lead to a new opening of inner space. ~ David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review



  • Moon Song
    Elen Sentier
    5.0 out of 5 stars A juicy, sensual treat for the romance reader. 20 Feb. 2015
    By Helen
    Format:Paperback
    A rich, warm-hearted romance steeped in magic and mythology, ‘Moon Song’ is a love story, an echo of the timeless romance of the traditional, twelfth-century tale of Tristan and Isuelt, itself often regarded as an inspiration for the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere.

    Rich in detail, the prose is sensual, with Isolde, the main female character, dreaming in scenes of Medieval France and Persia, and walking between worlds with such mythological characters as Olwen and Rhiannon from The Mabinogion. However the situation conjured up for the characters is of a practical nature, set in modern-day Cornwall and concerned with contemporary issues.

    Isolde finds herself compelled to follow her Tristan to the Isle of the Dead, on the Moonpath to find the Moon Song, which he has left behind for her. She is assisted in this task by his brother, also now her new lover, Mark.

    The narrative reads in a flowing and easy-to-follow style; the story is effortlessly conveyed through the conversation of its main protagonists with numerous references to celtic culture and mythology.
    The individuals appearing fully immersed in their own magical worlds, thus persuading the reader of the authenticity of their experiences.

    The author effortlessly conjures up a colourful world where fantasy merges with reality, a juicy, sensual treat for the romance reader.

    ~ Helen, Amazon



  • Little Book of Unknowing, A
    Jennifer Kavanagh
    A Little Book of Unknowing is a gem of a book, that is slim enough to slip into your bag and ponder its wisdom, provocations and amazing array of quotes on the tube or train to work, as I have over the last 4 weeks.
    So much of our day to day lives are planned to within inches or to do lists about to do lists. We believe we ‘have no room for error’ or that we can’t be a ‘failure’. What would life be like if we just let ourselves go ‘off plan’?
    “Walk without a destination. Wander aimlessly without arriving,
    being somewhere rather than going somewhere.” Thich Nhat Hanh
    Your own truths within are in fact found through the deeper understanding of what it is you don’t or can’t know. Discovered when you least expect it, off the beaten track…
    Through reading Jenny’s book you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement and be left with as many questions in different ways than before you began and this is a good thing.
    As someone who for most of my life believed “I had to know it all or else I’d be stupid, a failure, a loser…” learning to know what I don’t know has been at times hugely painful, shameful and now finally liberating.
    And learning to embrace what it is I do know is a hugely profound, now joyous and relieving experience.
    “Phew I know what I know, and that which I don’t… now what can I bring into play?”
    This is when creativity, play, imagination, improvisation comes more into life, moment by moment…
    “For me, improv, as with all creativity and possibly all of life/Grace, is a matter of getting out of the way.” Tanya
    This leads to more connected, synchronized and blessed interactions with ourselves, with others and Life.
    This treasure of a book sensitively invites us into a greater sense of knowing our own abilities to create and live a life lived in creativity, meditation, love, faith and connection.
    Connection to Grace, the Divine, The Great Unknown, Great Spirit, The Universe, God…
    ~ Anna Sexton, Open to Create blog



  • Reiki Sourcebook (revised ed.), The
    Bronwen and Frans Stiene
    The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, Founders of the International House of Reiki, is a book that is indispensable to those new to reiki and longtime practitioners.
    This book is broken up into six parts. Part one, “Approaching Reiki,” teaches us about the word Reiki, reiki treatments, their benefits, and also reiki courses. Part two, “Reiki Past,” gives us a historical lineage and timeline of Reiki, along with Mikao Usui’s teachings, such as the Reiki precepts, hand positions, mantras and symbols. Part two also teaches us about Reiki in Japan and Japanese traditions. Part three, “Reiki Present,” shows us the evolution of Reiki, the different branches, and scientific studies on reiki. Part four, “Reiki future,” teaches us about reiki and global warming, and positive outcomes. Part five, “reiki techniques,” shows us traditional and no traditional reiki techniques. Part six, “Directory,” gives us a list of reiki centers and associations around the world.
    This is a truly comprehensive guide to Reiki and does not prefer one Reiki path over the other. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those interested in alternative healing and Reiki.
    I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from O-books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the book.
    Link to my blog:
    https://lovetoread8.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/the-reiki-sourcebook-by-bronwen-and-frans-stiene/
    Link to Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/review/RLQOSSNO8Q5Y5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
    ~ Lovetoread, blog



  • Meaning of David Cameron, The
    Richard Seymour

    If the bourgeoisie was indeed a bit more classically conspiratorial and besieged, they'd stop the presses on this one.

    "The Meaning of David Cameron" takes its subject, a vague corporate personality known as David Cameron, as the starting point for an examination of the founding lexemes of contemporary political discourse.

    ...short and pungent apologia for the Marxist categories of class and class war.
    ...easy to follow if you are a political layman, ...eloquently phrased.
    ~ What reviewers say on Amazon



  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    "Your Simple Path" is both amazing and intriguing!

    I felt that it was all my own thoughts as I was reading the first few pages, it really hit the nail on the head! It is absolutely fascinating!

    I couldn't put it down, it held me straight away!

    I now carry it with me in my purse, so that at certain moments or situations, I just pull it out and start reading it! It makes me feel better instantly, just like that! I know that might sound a little crazy but it's true! Its funny, its like the energy, the healing energy inside the book and the authors intentions affect me instantly.

    I believe this book has an anointing for healing, and that there is no time or space in between the sender and receiver for healing! ~ Yvonne Gangone, Goodreads USA



  • Open Book Theater Management
    Rafe Beckley
    A quite extraordinary solution to the very real problem of funding low-budget theatre, Rafe Beckley takes a financial model from US co-operative business and re-structures it to create an open, honest, practical and ethical system for theatre financing that is required reading for stage producers and directors everywhere. I don't often give 5 stars to anything. This book totally deserves it. ~ Ivor B, Amazon



  • We Have Never Been Neoliberal
    Kean Birch
    http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2015/03/24/we-have-never-been-neoliberal-a-manifesto-for-a-doomed-youth/ ~ Katherine Trebeck, Bella Caledonia



  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    Interesting read with lots of useful information ~ Jayne Pallet, Amazon



  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    Rachel's personal, 'easy to relate to' style of writing is comforting and refreshing. She manages to convey her wisdom with clarity and some lovely bits of humour which all makes you feel relaxed about using herbs for good use on a daily basis. Anyone would be able to access the uses of herbs through this book and Rachel considers modern day living too but manages to make you feel you are connecting to the ancient world of natural medicine. Lovely to read, and a brilliant practical source of reference which deserves a good place on your kitchen book shelf. ~ Julie Rahman, Amazon

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