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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 July 2014
This review is from: Brake (DVD)
Nice twist at the end

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 13 July 2014
This review is from: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (DVD)
Slow and boring, I didn't even manage to get to the end before the eject button.

Masonic facts and fictions: Comprising a new theory of the origin of the " Ancient " Grand Lodge
Masonic facts and fictions: Comprising a new theory of the origin of the " Ancient " Grand Lodge
by Henry Sadler
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 15 Jan. 2012
The author was a Freemason under the UGLE, he was also a member of the Grand Secretary's staff from 1865 and Grand Tyler from 1879. Due to this he had living quarters in Freemasons' Hall which gave him unparalleled access to the (then embryonic) Library & Museum which stoked his already huge interest in Masonic history. In the same year as its publication he was made sub-Librarian of the Library & Museum.

This was the book that "scotched" the widely believed tale from William Preston that the "Antients" Grand Lodge was a "schism" from the "Modern" (aka Premier) Grand Lodge. The book published research, that for the first time was actually, based on the records and minutes from (both GLs) regarding the formation of the "Antients" Grand Lodge in 1751.

One of the things that makes me particularly fond of this Author is that, despite having provided very convincing proofs of his belief, he refused to promote it from a "Theory" leaving that to his readers.

This book is a MUST for the genuine student of English Masonic history and development. I remembered that when I read this book before, I had found it peculiar reading actual excerpts from meetings and QCs that had occurred more than 200 years before my reading.

Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST-READ Book for Freemasons!, 15 Jan. 2012
The author was a Freemason under the UGLE and was Provincial Grand Deacon in the Province of Yorkshire West.

I consider this small, unassuming book to be the real deal when it comes to Esoteric Masonry! Runton, a lifelong Freemason, had no need to bolster his speculations with mystical and non-Masonic meanderings, you will not be told that we are quasi-Rosicrucians, Neo-Templars or wannabe Theosophists in this book and he does not attempt to recruit for the Appendant Orders either. His interpretations are based firmly within the Ceremonies and Lectures of the Craft itself, although he does touch on some similarities outside he always brings us firmly back to Freemasonry rather than set us wandering in the woods as some writers are wont to do.

When I first read this book I was struck by the fact that if all MMs and LoI Preceptors read it properly and took on board what it is saying that it could help to adjust the Craft back to its proper course.

This book would make an excellent present for a new Master Masons Although I would also heartily recommend it to any Mason who wishes to have a look at the esoteric nature of the Craft. This book is completely of no use to non-Masons as you need to have been through the degrees yourself to be able to understand it.

The Brotherhood (Panther Books)
The Brotherhood (Panther Books)
by Stephen Knight
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mis-catalogued Should be Fiction, 14 Jan. 2012
The Author, Stephen Knight (AKA Swami Puja Debal) 1951 - 1985 was a journalist and very obviously a non-Mason, unfortunately he didn't carry out any real research. Much of the evidence presented is either "hearsay", "rumours" or what he read from others and none of it is actually substantiated in any way. The shortfall in his knowledge of Freemasonry is demonstrated very early with statements to the effect of "no women masons", "only 33 degrees" " membership guarantees you promotion in your job" etc, etc.

It is clear that he was aware of sources of proper information on Freemasonry, for example he quotes and refers to Walton Hannah's "Darkness Visible" but clearly never actually read it (probably too much bother) as he makes claims that conflict with the information (the complete Rituals inc. Royal Arch) that Hannah had previously published in the 1950s.

He wrote this book in order to expose what he considered to be the corrupting influence of Freemasonry and I think to try and destroy the Craft. However (IMHO), the effect the book actually had on Freemasonry in England was very positive. The book and the uproar surrounding its publication firmly put UGLE in the position of having to recognise that the over- protective masonic cocoon of "privacy" installed during the Second World War had to go. It is easy to claim that this book was the catalyst for the present-day situation of progressive openness here in the UK, which is hopefully the precursor for Freemasonry's return to its original respected position within British Society.

This book is incredibly over-dramatic and the claims/ accusations range from childish things like writing the letter "A" in a certain way and giving a masonic hand shake to get his own way (?). They then escalate to really wild claims of masonic murders, KGB infiltration, as well as corruption within Government, local government, the civil service, the judiciary and of course (that old "whipping boy") the Police.

Although Knight wrote in a fashion that tried to convey cold, detached reporting of the facts he was clearly, very much against Freemasonry. He skilfully (to the eyes of a non-mason) managed to twist several anecdotal stories about the honesty of masons into condemnations of their corruption. He also injected mystery into the situations where people simply didn't bother to respond to his masonic membership surveys, in other words "they didn't reply therefore they are obviously Freemasons". The greatest flaw in the supposedly balanced approach was that he didn't have a single positive thing to say, even masonic charitable giving was transformed into some form of implied crime.

Regarding Freemasonry: Everything You Wanted to Know About Masonic Conspiracies, Illuminati, and More
Regarding Freemasonry: Everything You Wanted to Know About Masonic Conspiracies, Illuminati, and More
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much Information, So Few Words, 14 Jan. 2012
This is an excellent little introduction to the world of Freemasonry. Made me smile at a couple of bits as the guy is quite funny.

Although the author is a Mason in America his Grand Lodge seems to do things very similarily to mine in England, which is nice to know. Although we don't have a "York Rite" like they do and there are actually women Freemasons in England but they do have their own Grand Lodge.

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Misunderstood Book!, 14 Jan. 2012
General Albert Pike, 1809-1891. Was an American lawyer, author and soldier, he was also a Freemason.

After the American Civil War he devoted his life to advancing the cause of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Southern United States. From 1859 until his death he was Sovereign Grand Commander (33 degree) of the AASR Southern Jurisdiction, USA, during which time he re-worked the Scottish Rite degrees and he went on to write this book to explain it all to his members.

This book is mainly of interest because it is often misquoted by Internet based conspiracy theorists as the basis of their madcap theories about Freemasonry. It is a shame that few, if any, of them have actually read or even seen a copy of it. They also tend to be either unaware or unwilling to accept the fact that the majority of Freemasons outside (and inside )of the Southern Jurisdiction of the US have neither heard of Pike or that his influence was restricted purely to that part of America.

Although the devil and satan are mentioned, it is only in passing, you won't find the secrets of masonic: serpent, demon or obelisk worship in this book, as it doesn't exist. Around 80% per cent of the book is composed of history lessons about ancient civilisations (inc. Egypt, Greece, China, India, Persia and many, many more) and their superstitions and religious observances.

The main thrust of the book seems to be to compare these subjects as well as the "Ancient Mysteries" to the AASR as taught in the SJ in order to make it their inheritor. You do get the feeling that Pike was well read and knowledgeable on these subjects until you take the time to read the Preface. It states, in a matter of fact way, that "he has extracted quite half its contents from the works of the best writers and most philosophic or eloquent thinkers". It then justifies his lack of credits to these writers by saying that the book is not meant for the "World at large" anyway, so that's all right then.

The Death of Bro. Cosmonaut (Peter Gower Masonic Mysteries Book 1)
The Death of Bro. Cosmonaut (Peter Gower Masonic Mysteries Book 1)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, 14 Jan. 2012
I enjoyed the actual plot of the story itself but frankly found it jarring every time that Freemasonry was unnecessarily and unrealistically interposed into it.

While I understand this is a work of fiction, I found it surprising that an actual Freemason would use typically anti-Masonic stereotypes. There were: imaginary Lodges; Masonic influence in Soviet Russia where none could exist; a worldwide Masonic network with a "game-plan" for humanity and in a very baffling way Freemasons who addressed each other as Worshipful Bro. etc when they were at work and in restaurants, etc. I am sure that any Lady Masons who read this will story will be annoyed by the Past Master of a Ladies' Lodge who is a Prostitute.

However, the coup de grace came at the finish of the book where, following a pretty dramatic conclusion to the case, the main character was left contemplating his Masonic future. The book has it that his "Masonic" superiors have perverted the course of justice by knowingly allowing a guilty Freemason to continue his nefarious activities. They then "ordered" him to keep it a "Masonic Secret". Disappointed? Frankly, yes!

In my personal opinion this is a good story that was spoiled because it tried too hard to involve Freemasonry in what was an otherwise good plot. If the Masonic content had been properly thought out or even realistic it might have enhanced the story. Obviously non-Masons won't notice any of this and will enjoy the story.

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