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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural edition (25 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226782
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. P. Van-asten on 22 Dec 2012
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Published by Wordsworth Editions in 2012, this wonderful little book and accompaniment to the previous `The Drug and Other Stories' contains the complete `Simple Simon' stories featuring the wildly eccentric mystic detective Simon Iff. Crowley conceived the character of the hugely intellectual and cultured Iff as an idealised image of himself in old-age. Throughout these fascinating and engrossing stories, the great mystic applies his knowledge of philosophy, Taoism, logic and the principles of Thelemic wisdom in the art of solving the various crimes, like chess problems, that come his way. Not being a true devotee of the detective/crime novel, I thought perhaps I would lose interest, but my interest was sustained and of course, Crowley's brilliant yet often dark wit and humour are an absolute delight, such as this from the story `Not good enough', page 100 in The Scrutinies of Simon Iff:
`In summer,' he explained to them, after the first greetings, `meat heats the blood. I am therefore compelled to restrict my diet to foie gras and peaches.'
`But foie gras is meat.'
`The animal kingdom,' said the mystic, `is distinguished, roughly speaking, from the vegetable, by the fact that animals have power to move freely in all directions. When therefore a goose is nailed to a board, as I understand is necessary to the production of foie gras, it becomes ipso facto a vegetable; as a strict vegetarian, I will therefore have some more.' And he heaped his plate.'
The first six stories in `The Scrutinies of Simon Iff' are set in England and France and features the marvellous `Hemlock Club' to which Simon Iff is a member.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By XIII Warrior on 6 April 2012
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Crowley's repuation is deservedly enjoying a resurgance after the doldrums to which he was sunk to by his literary executors. His persona as 'Wickedest Man in the world' branded on him by no less than 'The News of the World' is being justly cast off by serious consideration of his works. Like H P Lovecraft we are beginning to appreciate the subtle nuances of his artistic endeavours. This publication, complete, of the Simon Iff tales, so long held up by red tape is part of a greater revaluation of Crowley as a serious and major literary figure. And to top it all, they are a really good bit of entertainment, a vastly important contribution to English Detective literature. And the cost makes it a steal. Pearls before us... Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Crossman on 18 Oct 2012
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Mention the name Aleister Crowley to most people and they think black magic.
But Crowley was much more than just that as this volume testifies too.
Here are four Simon Iff stories plus some other works.
Crowley himself described the Simon Iff stories as 'thinking of a situation as inexplicable as possible, then to stop up all the chinks with putty, and having satisfied myself that no explanation was possible, to make a further effort and find one.'
Included within this book are;
"Simple Simon"
"Simon Iff in America"
"Simon Iff Abroad"
"Simon Iff, Psychoanalyst"
plus
"Golden Twiggs"

560 pages of great stories at a cracking price.

Recommended.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tigger on 6 May 2012
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All in all i am satisfied with his book! the stories are great, entertaining, and i can't stop reading!! if you get a chance to purchase this one,.. do it!! Totally worth it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful and affordable compilation of Crowley's Simon Iff detective series... 26 Mar 2012
By Walter Five - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a marvelous and affordable collection of Aleister Crowley's "Simon Iff" detective series and his Golden Twigs series of stories inspired by Frazier's "Golden Bough." This collection is published as companion volume to The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural). The character of Simon Iff is himself an idealized characture of the author, Crowley.

This contains all six of the stories originally included in the Teitan edtion The Scrutinies of Simon Iff, and a number of other Iff stories not included in that volume, almost 600 pages of rare, if not previously unpublished Crowley material. Long unavailable except occasionaly through privately published pamphlets of individual stories from Crowley esotericists, this is the first time since their original publication almost a century ago that they all have been collected and anthologized. Quite entertaining in its own right, Crowley's fiction is a delight to read. One hopes that the publishers will compile Crowley's rarer poems and plays in a similar companion volume.
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Simon Iff stories are excellent. 28 July 2013
By Gardner H. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
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Crowley at his best. It's fascinating to see him apply his genius to short stories not unlike Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, but with much more Thelemic depth and intensity.
All in One Volume 21 Jun 2013
By William W. Duvendack - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was beginning my studies, I was always intrigued by the Simon Iff stories, yet I didn't know where to find them, and even when I discovered that, sometimes they were hard to locate. Now with this volume, everything is collected under one cover, and is easily accessible.
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Intriguing view of Crowley's experiences in America 21 Jan 2013
By Deiseach - Published on Amazon.com
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I met the character of Simon Iff in Crowley's "The Moon Child" and was intrigued enough by him to want to know more. These stories tell you more, but not all.

Simon Iff is an authorial self-insertion, but an entertaining one - though the racial and gender attitudes on display are very much those of a bygone era (and all the better for being gone).

Not terribly shocking by today's standards - I wonder how The Great Beast would have felt about becoming conventional?
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Intellectual approach 10 April 2013
By mucha mio - Published on Amazon.com
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These stories are interesting, but hard to follow. The author takes an intellectual approach and tends to be verbose. There are pages of notes at the back of the book to explain references within each story. Read the notes before you read the story to understand these references.
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