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Dr. Robert A. Josey "mystery lover" (Scottish Highlands)

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La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic and Mysticism of Death
La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic and Mysticism of Death
by Tomas Prower
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars La Señora de las Sombras, 15 Jun. 2016
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This is an exceptional book. An ideal place to begin your journey with La Santa Muerte. All bases are covered - the history/legends/background; what Santa Muerte is and what She isn't (an important distinction); preparing to work magic with Her; the tools and resources required; and where to find out more.

What makes this volume so excellent is the standard of Tomas Prower's writing. It is world class. He mixes academic research, esoteric wisdom and friendly advice in a finely spun work which is a joy to read. There is clarity and focus but also that powerful sense of the dark mysteries surrounding La Señora de las Sombras.

I would venture to say that this is a classic.

At the end of the year I believe that Llewellyn are publishing a Spanish version. (Tomas Prower speaks Spanish and French. It would be wonderful to see a French version too.) I will definitely be buying that.

The Owner of All Infernal Names: An Introductory Treatise on the Existence, Nature & Government of our Omnimalevolent Creator
The Owner of All Infernal Names: An Introductory Treatise on the Existence, Nature & Government of our Omnimalevolent Creator
by John Zande
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.14

5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate murder mystery, 23 April 2016
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One of the most important books ever written. It reads like a profound 'whodunnit': the biggest 'True Crime' mystery in existence. Zande hunts down - through forensic and scientific analyses - the malicious creator of this malevolent universe. An intangible (unholy) ghost, anonymous, hidden in plain sight. This is scarier than any horror or serial killer novel could be. As it addresses the actual source of all cruelty, madness, sadistic violence and psychopathology.

It's an unnerving experience. You will never be the same after reading it.

Zande is a precise and laser-guided prose writer. (He reminds me of the anthropologist/zoologist/dramatist Robert Ardrey - which is the highest compliment I can pay to him.)

That only makes the delivery of the payload here even more disturbing. It's a book you won't forget.

PowerLove: How to Make Love a Driving Force for Global Change FAST
PowerLove: How to Make Love a Driving Force for Global Change FAST
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Power Of Love, 30 Sept. 2015
This is the type of book where you can go to a page at random and instantly find something inspiring, thought provoking or encouraging. The positive energy beams out of Ro's words. In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams - poisoned both spiritually and ecologically - there needs to be so much more light and direction. A way out of the abyss - on every level.

Ro's 'PowerLove' certainly offers a roadmap to a whole better destination. A place of possibility and healing. And many people will find joy and purpose through reading it.

I can only echo the words of the great seer and religious visionary Aleister Crowley - 'Love Is The Law:Love Under Will'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Seasons In The Abyss, 14 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: Zoon (Audio CD)
An incredible album. Way ahead of its time.

It was a revelation to hear such stunning thrash metal riffage - as powerful as Sepultura or when Ministry went all Slayer. Tracks like 'Venus Decomposing' and 'Black Rain (Pazuzu)' are simply mind-blowing.

I agree with the reviewers who describe 'Zoon' as a work of genius, a dark masterpiece. It is so multi-layered and intricately crafted. There is also great passion and beauty, genuine feeling. I really don't think I have heard anything quite like this before.

The soundscapes begin with connected opening and closing loops which seem to represent the grinding of eternity. And the only reaction to that is the first crazy, intoxicated scream of joy. The production values are breathtaking. Every detail is there for a reason (or 'unreason').

There are many moments which are simply transcendent - where everything is firing on all five cylinders, building up so intensely, like the very best metal albums.

From a purely speed/death metal point of view 'Zoon' is one of the best albums I have ever heard. But it is so much more.


Asklepion Dream
Asklepion Dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars a time and a place, 16 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Asklepion Dream (Kindle Edition)
Syd Lark's first novel is a cult classic in the making. Original, philosophical and rooted in the experiences of the 'hippy' generation - whose dream never quite blossomed in the way they thought it would.

'Asklepion Dream' is a kind of folk history, brilliantly recorded and observed. Lark's style of writing brings to mind that of the great John Steinbeck. Just the right side of 'journalistic'. Nuanced. Bare. But not stark.

The novel depicts an era of social change - but also the lives of people searching for love, for knowledge, for their 'place'. It has many levels and repays repeated readings. It is 'unclassifiable' in the way of 'Stone Junction', 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'' and Kerouac's work.

Lark is the real deal as a writer. And I am looking forward with anticipation to his next.

Title: Down here Strega Blue Belle Hard candy
Title: Down here Strega Blue Belle Hard candy
by Andrew H Vachss
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars the man who kicked the hornets nest, 19 Dec. 2012
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Burke novels. Originally published in the late '80s.

Andrew Vachss broke the mold for the hard-boiled crime genre. He introduced a psychologically-damaged, criminal anti-hero - Burke. A man who has no connections with the world of the 'citizen'. Unless he is stinging or scamming them. A highly intelligent survivor. A skilled interrogator who senses truth instinctively.

Because of the horrors Burke has endured growing up in orphanages, vicious foster homes, reformatories, and eventually, prison, he has no qualms about delivering justice to those he hates. Child abusers in particular.

He may be a different gender and of a different generation. Another culture even? But I believe Burke has many similarities with Lisbeth Salander. Even in some ways an original prototype of Stieg Larsson's anti-heroine.

Whatever the case may be there, certainly Andrew Vachss was one of the first writers to really document and explore the heinous conspiracies and organisations which victimise children and young people. He opened the field by courageously -fuelled by anger and venom - using his fiction to make the public aware of what was going on.

These three novels are urgent and dark-edged. Laying the foundation for an incredible series.

Down in the Zero
Down in the Zero
by Andrew Vachss
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars surgery on the soul, 4 Dec. 2012
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The 7th Burke novel. In which the narrative moves out from the Big Bad Apple to Connecticut and Bret Easton Ellis territory.

Teenagers in a small affluent town are mysteriously committing suicide. Through a deep connection to his past Burke becomes involved.

This is perhaps a 'lighter' entry in the series - but a Lord Peter Wimsey 'Busman's Holiday' it ain't.

Burke is still raw and psychologically devastated by events at the close of 'Sacrifice'. And in this novel he confronts the Zero of Oblivion.

His relationship with a young, damaged woman - and how he helps her see her true self/identity - is core to the book. Burke as a 'healer'.

Nothing is quite what it seems and Andrew Vachss' spins a twisting, sinewy story. As always. A master of the craft.

Underneath, in the sub-texts, are the unerring acuities and insights which make him such an important writer. 'Noir' may be an effective vehicle for his message. But there is so much more in the substance and style than just a hard-boiled thriller. Andrew Vachss performs surgery on the soul.

by Andrew Vachss
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars standing on the edge, 8 Nov. 2012
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The 6th in the Burke series. Sharp, relentlessly focused, dark and absolutely/genuinely terrifying.

I have been privileged in being able to read the 18 book sequence in chronological order. I can only say that these novels represent one of the greatest achievements in late 20th/early 21st century literature. And will be recognised as such. Incomparable and unique. With a great purpose of spirit, honour and determination behind them. Confronting one of the greatest horrors we have to face as a species. What so-called 'humans' inflict upon the young of their race.

From 'Flood' to 'Another Life' has been an unforgettable trip. Harrowing and difficult in many places - but it has to rank as the reading experience of my life. I would urge anyone reading this not to miss out.

With each book you learn more about Burke. A bit of information carefully added. A further piece in the puzzle. And this makes for a compelling journey.

'Sacrifice' has the lean/clean prose style. The ratcheting up of tension. The quirky and often moving relationships between Burke's 'family of choice'. Andrew Vachss's stark depictions of reality. The quiet but terrible rage. All the potent elements of the series.

I really don't think there is any modern American crime writer who can touch him. Connelly/Crais/Coben et al are fair enough within their mainstream milieux - but I find them totally pedestrian and faux in comparison with Andrew Vachss. In crime writing he is in another league. Another place. I don't think anyone else has the sheer guts and righteous anger to go there.

'Sacrifice' is as powerful and disturbing as it gets. And a wonderful urban thriller to boot.

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5.0 out of 5 stars unchained melody, 29 Aug. 2012
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'Wanderlust' is a great album. Some beautiful songs. My favourite being 'The Trouble I'm In'. Can see why this shifted 1.7 million copies.

It has been intruiging to follow Gavin Rossdale's journey/trajectory - album by album. Institute's 'Distort Yourself' totally extended the template, and deserved far more attention than it got. And the latest Bush record, 'The Sea Of Memories', takes that even further. A songwriter and sonic experimenter who gets better and better every time.

Rossdale's oblique and minimalist lyrics have always fascinated me. When combined with the mutated rock motifs/riffs and off-beat time signatures he likes to use they really seem to belong to an alternative reality. I can listen to 'The Science Of Things' and find new angles every time.

I can't find fault with the lyrics here. Yeah, he borrows phrases and pays homage to rock's great treasures - but these are part of the vision. Rossdale's songs remain unique. Coupling 'fire' with 'desire' is probably a cliche too far, but I think/hope he does this with some deliberate irony! And it is interesting to see many of the preoccupations from 'Distort Yourself' further explored here. Personal identity; alienation; social collapse; the need to escape.

What I liked most about 'Wanderlust' was the unchaining and revealing of melody. Rossdale very often restrains, torments, suppresses and hints at full-on melody. Which has been a large part of Bush's charm. Because great tunes are always there. 'Headful Of Ghosts' from 'Golden State' is perhaps the closest to 'letting go' of emotions previously. Though that is a personal opinion.

Here melody and emotion/feeling have been given more of a chance to shine. Like an ecstatic release in places. And it is a wonderful thing to hear. I was blown away when I first listened to the album. 'Wanderlust' proves just what a great musician and song-writer Gavin Rossdale is.

Future Sound Of Egypt
Future Sound Of Egypt

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful trance, 9 July 2011
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This one of the best trance albums I have. There is not much to say really about it - except the music goes straight to the heart.

Both CDs are exceptional. Very powerful emotionally. You know from the first synth chords/beats that this is special/quality.

I've got 'Sunrise' and their 'Trance World 2' CDs. Wish there was more of their work available on CD. (Lots of stuff on pod cast/mp3, etc.)

And looking forward to 'FSOG Vol.2' and the 'Sunrise' remix album.

There is something so beautiful about this record - the intensity never stops. It is in a class of its own. Love it.

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