RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Uncertain Futures
    Edmund Berger
    https://socialecologies.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/edmund-berger-uncertain-futures-a-review/ ~ S.C. Hickam, Social Ecologies blog

  • Advancing Conversations: Srećko Horvat - Subversion!
    Alfie Bown
    Srećko Horvat
    Based on rich personal experience and participation in constructive subversion, along with wide reading from classics to the latest dreams of artificial intelligence, Horvat leads us on a whirlwind tour of the maladies and discontents of modern civilization and the many ways to right what is wrong and achieve a better future. ~ Noam Chomsky, MIT

  • Essential Guide to Mindful Dressing, The
    Jules Standish
    I don't know about you, but I always feel more confident when I wear clothes that perfectly fit me and suit my colouring. The only problem is finding those pieces. I always seem to stumble onto them by chance!

    That's where Jules Standish comes in. In her books, she teaches women how to figure out which colours best suit their complexion. The best part? You can wear ANY colour. It's just a matter of picking the right shade for you.

    Jules explains how each colour affects your moods, on which occasions you should wear it and with what other colours you should wear it with. And it's not only about clothes. She does the same with makeup, too. I found the book very useful and full of practical tips. ~ Giorgia Guazzarotti, Beautiful With Brains

  • Legacy of Druids, A
    Ellen Evert Hopman
    http://thewitchesalmanac.com/reviews.html

    A Legacy of Druids: Conversations with Druid leaders of Britain, the USA and Canada, past and present, Ellen Evert Hopman, Moon Books
    Well-known Druid Ellen Evert Hopman’s most recent offering is a collection of clever interviews she conducted with some of the preeminent scholars, practitioners, artists and musicians connected to the modern Druidic faith and its legacy. It certainly fulfils its criterion as a series of conversations - the book is easy reading and rather engaging, and in many instances feels as if you’re sitting at a table with the author and her chosen interviewee sipping hot beverages. Her choice of questions, though usually all starting at a basic origin query, divert into some interesting, detailed, and at times surprising territory. It’s all rather affable, but minor disagreements about philosophy and practice still crop up within - sometimes seemingly out of nowhere - and it’s fun to watch the sparks fly politely on the page.
    Interestingly, all of the interviews appear to have occurred during the year 1996, so the book acts as much as an anthropological study as it does a snapshot in time. Each interview shows in many ways not only just how forward-thinking and optimistic things were two decades ago, but considering the topics in question, just how timeless the shared experience of nature’s power can truly be. Well worth a spot on the shelf.
    ~ The Witches Almanac

  • Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts
    Jacob Watson
    Start My Day With Enlightenment :
    This is a physically small, chunky little book that feels something like a "soulful-nest of insight"; comfortable and full. There are short affirmations, inspirational remarks and observations that illuminate the elements of conscious living with Enso wisdom. I have enjoyed opening it daily and somewhat randomly; reading thoughts for the start of each day. I am not kidding when I say that each time I feel a surge of energy with each passage. The author knows how to touch the heart & soul deeply, meaningfully and with great care. ~ Fran Bagdasarian, email

  • Dark Matters
    Nick Dunn
    Dunn trained as an architect and this is a crucial part of what is at play here: Out in the dark, walking himself to sleep – he hopes – the architect coincidentally has the buildings removed for him by the lack of light, and then delivered again anew, in flashes. Here, sleepless, the city becomes something else. Another nocturnal Manchester urbanaut, Mark E. Smith, wrote of ‘entrances uncovered’ and ‘street signs you never saw’, all ‘courtesy of winter.’ There is nothing gothic about this book, despite its dark title and cover. In some ways, night time does exactly what snow does to the urban landscape. It makes it strange, it makes you see anew.

    Whiteout or blackout, the space is transformed, momentarily, and this impermanence of states is important to its power to ‘other’ your view of it. If it were always daytime there would be no other side to cast this transformed view against. The title implies the night as another dimension, ‘dark matter’ as the invisible glue of the social. But that is not all this book does. It ‘makes manifest’ the urban night by shuttling between theory and description.

    So much leftist writing hides what it really thinks in abstraction, or older, tried and tested rhetorics. This book does not make any wincingly worthy cultural capital out of hauntology, the problem seems to be, actually – and chillingly – that in the night city there are no ghosts left and the few that remain are becoming even more fugitive: ‘Far better to embrace the world and its contradictions, difficulties, untidiness and dirtiness, physical and psychic, than to summon long-vanished ghosts.’

    The equally chilling thesis is that the only way to escape from the ‘intoxicating pathologies’ of the city, is to vanish into ‘night practices beyond consumption’, to an edge zone almost completely drained of light, in order to ‘be’. But this is the manifesto, that in nightwalking the city we might find the black mirror of the everyday, which might teach us more about that everyday than we could have imagined before going out there. ‘Urban areas are pathological’, the ‘nocturnal dowser can summon these neuroses…’

    This book is useful, it is both open and closed. Closed in that its form as a manifesto really puts its cards on tables. Open in that it advises particular spatial practices in the interests of seeing anew. Open in that it encourages others to develop that way of working further.

    Now it’s over to you, on the night shift. ~ Steve Hanson, Manchester Review of Books

  • No Safe Anchorage
    Liz MacRae Shaw
    Liz MacRae Shaw can spin a yarn like few others.'No Safe Anchorage' is the sort of book you look forward to returning to. The historic frame is graphic and memorable. The frightening collapse of the young Robert Louis Stevenson on a remote Hebridean island at the start of the book, Tom's dramatic encounter with the fisher lassies and his quarrel with his fierce but admirable sister Emma set the scene for the sweeping adventure to follow. This adventure takes him from the Hebrides to Canada. Along the way Tom meets and makes relationships, good and bad with a wide span of characters. ~ Jenny Salaman Manson, editor and author

  • No Safe Anchorage
    Liz MacRae Shaw
    'No Safe Anchorage' is a great second novel by Liz MacRae Shaw. Set in the mid-nineteenth century in and around the Isle of Skye, and moving on to Canada, we follow the life of a naval officer, Tom Masters, a square peg in a round hole. His childhood experiences, slowly revealed, loss of a close friend and awakening sexuality make for a very strong central character. Neatly woven in is part of the life of Robert Louis Stevenson who might be described as a similarly round peg within his lighthouse building family. ~ Linda Henderson, author and editor

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter

    Everything as promised ~ Amazon customer, Amazon

  • Advancing Conversations: Srećko Horvat - Subversion!
    Alfie Bown
    Srećko Horvat
    History has only produced decency when good people infiltrated despotic institutions and succeeded in subverting them, often at a terrible cost to themselves. Horvat explains brilliantly subversion’s creative potential, in juxtaposition to isolationism and escapism which are the establishment’s best friends. ~ Yanis Varoufakis, Economist, former Finance Minister of Greece

  • Optimized Woman, The
    Miranda Gray
    5/5 Stars

    I absolutely loved this book. To me, the best thing is that it throws a positive light on menstruation. I liked the way each phase of the cycle was described, followed by a list of what abilities the phase brings, what to watch out for, strategies and challenges.

    Personally, I would use this as a periods reference guide and an ultimate self-help book. This book will be very useful for women who are sensitive to their menstrual cycle ~ Anusha Narasimhan , NetGalley/Goodreads

  • Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard
    Elen Sentier
    5/5 Stars
    This book is magical. Wonderfully researched, delightful to read. Anyone who is at all interested in Merlin would do no better than to start here. Perhaps her next book will give a more in depth look at the feminine principle, Vivien... ~ KL Casto, NetGalley

  • 15 Ways to Own Your Future
    Michael Khouri
    Great information. Will be useful to pass on to young students entering the workforce.
    ~ Arva Demps, Secondary School Teacher

  • Pagan Portals - Pan
    Melusine Draco
    4/5 stars

    From the start, I was impressed with this book. The author did a fantastic job of researching the material she used as sources, including many passages to prove the points she was making. I liked her informative writing style and thought this was a really interesting look at pan through the ages and different cultures.

    A lot of times, books like this can quickly become redundant and lose my interest, but this one didn't. I enjoyed reading this and felt like I learned quite a bit from it by the end. If you are interested in the horned god, this is a book that you don't want to miss.
    ~ Ionia Froment, Goodreads/NetGalley

  • Morning Muse, The
    Octavia Williams
    4/5 Stars

    This book has useful ideas and practises that pretty much anyone can apply, regardless of your religious background. The author did a good job of being versatile in her messages and providing a book that is both inspirational and useful.

    I found that following this book as a daily guide helped me to feel more positive about things and reminded me that gentle guidance on our daily path is often all we need to begin digging ourselves out of a rut.

    The author does not tell you how to feel or exactly what you should do, but rather allows you to learn from her experiences and use her writing to feel closer to your own spiritual being. I thought this was a lovely book that would make a great gift for someone in your life or as an addition to your own spiritual library. ~ Ionia Froment, Goodreads/NetGalley

  • Bullet Gal
    Andrez Bergen
    Sassy manga-style characters and noir attitude makes this a fun read. ~ Michele Martel, Bandelier Girl Reads Everything

  • Dark Matters
    Nick Dunn
    A brilliant book. Dark Matters is an adventure into the heart of the city at night – the time when the true nature of the beast reveals itself. ~ John Robb, Louder Than War

  • No Safe Anchorage
    Liz MacRae Shaw
    An evocative and fast-moving tale set in Skye and the West Highlands before moving to Canada, 'No Safe Anchorage', like its title, swirls with danger. It invokes the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson whose childhood it portrays. With its sharp use of dialogue and tight, concise description, it also conjures up that writer in other ways, creating an adventure story that is as breathless and exciting as some of that nineteenth century novelist's work. ~ Donald S Murray

  • Romeo and Juliet in Palestine
    Tom Sperlinger
    As a polyphonic text, Romeo and Juliet in Palestine is more than just the voices of its author and his students included amongst its pages […] Perhaps the voice that resonates most strongly in the text is that of Lisl Sperlinger, Sperlinger’s grandmother who fled Vienna in 1938 and lived out her adult life as a committed Zionist [… This] is a difficult book to categorise: Is it a pedagogical text? A political one? Is it autobiography? How many stories of how many people’s lives does it tell? The book is not organised chronologically but, as Sperlinger professes himself, anecdotally, composed out of the interspersed fragments of his own story and experiences, alongside the experiences of others. The book makes no grand claims, but herein lies its strength: it cannot speak for Palestine, nor be the authoritative voice on Palestine, but it can, and does, give us a small, but incredibly personal, insight into Palestine, grafted from the relationship that Sperlinger garnered with his students while teaching there. ~ Rachel Fox, Hong Kong Review of Books

  • Officious
    Josie Appleton
    An intellectually gripping analysis of what its author Josie Appleton characterises as a new kind of state power, one that is arbitrary and encroaching on what is left of our unregulated lives. Overall this is a subtle and intelligently argued essay. Its reconstruction of the essential trajectory of the officious state will be a valuable weapon for those keen to argue for greater freedom in everyday life. (http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-rise-of-the-officious-state/19081#.WHOgfnipvFI) ~ James Heartfield, spiked

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