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Dreams of the Magus: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Dreams of the Magus: Where Angels Fear to Tread
by G. Peter Madstone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Indirect Prose, Profoundly Enlightening, Esoteric & Kabbalistic Revelation, 12 Nov. 2010
Dreams of the Magus

Some books are well-written. Some books have relevant information. Some books are filed with grand, meaningless rhetoric. G. Peter Madstone's "Dreams of the Magus" is well-written, contains relevant information and has meaning throughout its easily readable, flowing style that is reminiscent of Robert Anton Wilson's style, as found in his masterpiece, "Quantum Psychology." Before I go on, I have to proudly disclose that Pete is a good friend of mine and rather than assume that would skew this review in a positive direction, it actually made me read it with a more critical eye. That's the point; as near and dear as the Western Esoteric Tradition is to me, I would never actively promote anything that claims to be a device for illumination that didn't provide any light at all.

I read "Dreams of the Magus" in one sitting and that's how I recommend everyone reads it. There are obvious Kabbalistic allusions throughout this book and in this context, both the new aspirant and seasoned Esotericist alike will appreciate, and receive. Many have the perception that Magick is just something that Harry Potter does with his wand in hand. After reading this book, not only will that misconception be erased, it will be exceedingly clear that there is far less "hocus pocus" involved at all. The overall implication I took away from this lucid, well written guide is that Magick is a lifestyle that empowers one to take responsibility for every aspect of his or her life. It is a proactive approach that leaves Chaos as little room as possible to meddle, and that is not paranormal at all. That shouldn't diminish the importance of active ritual, but it should put it in context. Universal energy made use of to manifest a desired reality works best when one ensures it can augment self under the best possible conditions.

There a few typos that made into the final draft, but they do nothing to take away from the value of this guide that should be in every serious student's collection.

The Tunguska Mystery (Astronomers' Universe)
The Tunguska Mystery (Astronomers' Universe)
by Vladimir Rubtsov
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunguska = Enigma, 12 Nov. 2010
The Tunguska Mystery (Astronomers' Universe)

Vladimir Rubtsov's book, "The Tunguska Mystery," distills almost a hundred years of speculation and scientific inquiry into a well-written and understandable account of the explosion that has all but defied explanation. His perceptions and obvious painstaking research allow the reader to consider most, if not all the facts from an interdisciplinary probe into this mysterious event. This modern quest for scientific truth leads the reader through the chronological events which led to the enigma that violently pummeled an entire area of central Siberia, leaving trees flattened and windows broken as far as 200km from its immense shockwave.

It is a quality hardcover book, printed on academic textbook quality paper and a fast read with smooth language. This is a "must read" for the lay person and scientist alike, or anyone seriously interested in learning about the event. It asks us to try to understand something that could happen again, only next time, it could happen over a populated area. Then, it will be too late to begin to ask the questions that Rubtsov asks us to consider now. Excellent. 5 stars!

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