Book Review by George Bishop, one time editor of The Circular, the magazine of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies
Circles End a novel by Delwyn McPhun
Despite the title this is not a book about the science or dynamics per se of crop circles in the usual accepted sense, it is a novel that encompasses almost the entire field of the phenomenon of crop circle lore. It is a book that all croppies should read and one that they will want to read. Whatever your particular point of view about crop circles, this book will draw you on in an almost hypnotic manner. It will use as a background, almost the entire history of the subject as well as allusions to various croppies and organisations. It is almost de rigueur to figure out who is being parodied or interpreted in the well illustrated characters that people the book.
The following extract is taken from the back cover of the book;
Crop Circles: Hundreds of these strange patterns appear in our fields each year, their vast beauty inspiring awe and wonder.
A sudden increase in their number throws Matt Lancing, maths student and amateur symbologist, into a world of intrigue. What is creating them? Is it a message?
Matt deciphers crop circles for a secret military group led by the mysterious Ember, a determined redhead with strange spiritual beliefs. Uncovering what makes circles is just the beginning of his journey to a terrifying discovery.
Warning: This well documented enigma will question your deepest illusions.
The tale is told in a page turning and entertaining race from one provisional explanation to another as the plot twists and turns.
Mr McPhun has obviously spent a very great deal of time investigating the phenomenon and has left few stones unturned in researching his subject. His erudition on the subject is self evident and offers croppies an opportunity to revisit their own thinking and theories. A novel, yes, but a chance to revisit your memories and eperiences of the past at the same time. Some gratuitous sex at times, but we can forgive that if it is believable and part of the plot line.
Quite a few typographical errors cause minor annoyance, but all in all a great and refreshing approach that will be food for thought and cause for reflection for all croppies. I cannot emphasise enough that this book should be a MUST for all well experienced croppies, yet banned from the grasp of all neophyte croppies. Read it and you will see what I mean
The ISBN: 978-2-9536701-0-3 Published by Bud Books the book is £9.50 in the UK, this equates to 12 or $15 and is available through Amazon or any good bookshop. Postage will be extra