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A Short History Of Myth
A Short History Of Myth
by Karen Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to myth, 3 July 2006
As someone who has a real interest in myth, its origins and its uses, but has found the likes of Joseph Campbell (who Armstrong references regularly) somewhat over my head, this was a very accessible and enjoyable read. She doesn't assume previous knowledge of the great mythologies, and builds a solid foundation from which to decide a future direction in one's reading.

The final chapter, "The Great Western Transformation," makes her perspective regarding the famine of mythology in the modern world clear and is very persuasive, although I was surprised and somewhat disappointed to find she did not touch on Jung in particular and pyschoanalytical theory in general. I empathised with, rather than believed in, her conclusions regarding the power of the novel as a replacement for myth.

But overall, a thought-provoking introduction into a facinating topic.

Reckless Sleep
Reckless Sleep
by Roger Levy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.25

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a read, 27 Nov 2003
This review is from: Reckless Sleep (Paperback)
I am very picky about my science fiction, so I was pleased to find this offering. As the first review says, it is patchy, but ultimately delivers the goods in a convincing and innovative way. The grim futuristic picture of London during a global meltdown is realistic without being overwhelmingly pessimistic. The characterisation is good and the love story is central to the plot, avoiding the usual sloppy (or soppy) pitfalls when bringing a strong female character into a SF novel such as this. If you're interested in the crossovers between vitual worlds and real ones, particularly in terms of gaming, this book is definately worth a read.

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