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The Devil's Notebook

The Devil's Notebook [Kindle Edition]

Anton Szandor LaVey
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Wisdom, humor, and dark observations by the founder of the Church of Satan. LaVey ponders such topics as nonconformity, occult faddism, erotic politics, the "Goodguy badge," demoralization and the construction of artificial human companions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (1 April 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readers with a sense of the ironic only! 4 Oct 2007
Do not approach The Devils Notebook expecting an occult tome with great Satanic insight for it will only disappoint you.

I actually love LaVeys writing style in this book but it takes a great deal of reading with a large pinch of salt. It is simply a collection of observances by the deceased Satanist which if you read with an open heart allows a great deal of the unique flavour of the left-hand path to flood in. I'd recommend to any free thinker but for those with a deeper esoteric bent then I'd steer you towards LaVeys 'Satan Speaks' as the better colection of essays.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars devils notebook 21 Nov 2009
a valuable learning guide for people that want to learn more about a beleaf out side of the every day main stream. it is more useful as learning guide with satans bibal and satanic rituals.i am not a satanist just some one who was interested in what it was all about it is quite an eye opener,all in all a good book. Devil's Notebook
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 13 Dec 2012
By teri
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i liked this book as it gives you the real truth about Satanism, the author is a real nice guy, and very true in his opinions, i wish i had met him. I reccomend you read this first you will understand the rest of his books, if you dont like it you haven't wasted any money, but if you do like it, buy all the others
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Noir Grimoire. 5 Mar 2012
"Anton LaVey does not allow Joe Citizen to feel comfortable in his workaday drabness. Whenever Joe Citizen confronts the spectre of this contemporary Ming The Merciless, he is reminded of forbidden pleasures that he was too cowardly to grab; of a life he was too circumspect to live." - So states Adam Parfrey in his Introduction to this collection of erstwhile unpublished essays by Anton LaVey.

After a 20 year literary hiatus (after the appearance of "The Satanic Witch" in 1972) LaVey re-appeared in print with this collection of essays. Although his groundbreaking "Satanic Bible" was first published in 1969, many Church of Satan members recommend this book as a starting point for all those who would like an insight into the mind, philosophy and world view of the Satanic Church's founder. Throughout his writings, Anton LaVey remained uncompromising and ultra-cynical about the actions, stances and attitudes of the human animal: namely its perpetual propensity towards masochism, hypocrisy and righteousness. These essays do not disappoint whatsoever in this respect, and one of the sub-texts forming a literary common-denominator across the collection is LaVey's expose of the fact that people not only enjoy being tricked, conned, ripped-off, controlled or otherwise manipulated, (both by Politicians and Religionists, as well as by the Consumerist forces of fashion, fads, trends, pop-music and kitsch popular culture), but that they will willingly pay for the privelege over and over again.

There are a few stand out writings, including "The Law Of The Trapezoid", on one of the most potent symbols of Satanic Magic. Also "By Any Other Name": LaVey's blast at the dolts of Orthodox Popular Occultism who "played the Devil's Game without taking the Devil's Name".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buck 27 May 2013
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Brilliant book that goes well with the Satanic Bible. It's not about bad things but a good book for the open minded
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whats it about again? 7 Feb 2012
After having purchased "The Satanic Bible" and "The satanic Rituals" i decided to purcahse "The devils notebook" each from the same author.

The book presents a lot of good ideas and thoughts but im not really sure what genre this book fits into to. It's not a story but i wouldnt call it an educational book either.

All in all a good read and the cover looks nice, despite not fitting in with the other books due to size and colour.

4/5 - if you like the satanic bible and are interested in devil worship and witchcraft, buy this book.
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34 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Importance of Literacy in a Book Review 27 Aug 1998
By A Customer
This isn't so much a review as it is a critical look at one of the "Doc's" detractors:
On June 2, 1998 stated: "LAVEY IS NOTHING BUT A LIER! " First of all, it's spelled "liar". Second, the glorification of the "self" is an oft overlooked philosophy, which is something most religions are--it's called "theosophy". I wish I could give you a break, kind sir, but the only Satanists who "wine" are connoisseurs of said beverage and "whining" is something that you, Mr. Magick, are extremely adept at! And if that's not bad enough, you said "wine" twice--once is a typo, the second time reveals an intellect below a 5th grade reading level. For someone who boldly states "I am a Wiccan" and "disagree with Christianity" you sure seem quick to defend a religion that considers YOU a "heretic." Next, I would like to answer these following questions:
Q. What religion came first (a) satanism or (b) christianity?
A. That would be "Which religion" and as to the one that "came first", well, most of us stopped playing that game when we graduated from grade school.
Q. What is the name of the opposing force, the evil force in christianity?
A. LaVey clearly states in his manifesto that Satan is a "concept" and is as far removed from the "Satan" of Christianity as the "Easter Bunny" is in the Resurrection of Christ.
And please don't refer to me as "peopel"; here in the land of "coherent statements" we refer to ourselves as "people", some of us even consider ourselves "individuals.
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