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The Order: 1886 (PS4)
The Order: 1886 (PS4)
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BREATH-TAKING!!!, 20 Feb. 2015
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Breath-taking, beautiful graphic's (future games from any developer need to step up there game, excuse the pun its not intended), exhilarating third person run, duck and cover gameplay (around 8 to 12 hours in length depending on your play through style and difficulty chosen, I played on 'medium' difficulty experienced around 12 hours, I guess longer if played on 'hard', pretty much the same as every story driven game on the market) and a fantastic story (cant wait for a sequel). Glad I bought this game, enough said.


Alien: Isolation - Nostromo Edition (PS4)
Alien: Isolation - Nostromo Edition (PS4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE, 22 Oct. 2014
A masterpiece of a Alien game, a perfect reconstruction of the Alien experience (the game is a actual sequel to Ridley Scott's Alien, set 15 years later if you don't know) hard core stealth survival horror, exceptional on the PS4 (if you have a PS camera attached to your PS4 you can use your head to peek around cover and more importantly the Xenomorph can actually hear you if you make a sound but plays better than other platforms even if you don't have one attached because of the Dualshock 4 controller) fantastic experience for all Alien fans, once a again a masterpiece.


Silent Hill: The Terror Engine (Landmark Video Games)
Silent Hill: The Terror Engine (Landmark Video Games)
by Bernard Perron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The best study of 'Silent hill' there is!!!, 30 Aug. 2014
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Simply the best study of the video game series 'Silent Hill' and the genre of survival horror there is, I would give it ten stars if I could.


Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year (PS3)
Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year (PS3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman Mytho's and in-continuity chronology incorporating and tying in the Arkham games, 20 May 2014
[ Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 3[ Hardcover ] - "Beloved" story is set before Grant Morrison's "Batman and Son" includes scene (the second coupling of Ra's al Ghuls daughter Talia and Bruce) in which Damian Wayne is conceived? (Tim Drake is the third Robin that is his Robin in the Arkham series of games and connected stories until Damian Wayne take over the role of Robin ten years later, so even if Damian is not conceived during this story ten years latter the Joker makes an appearance). Story helps place Arkham City in Batman's chronology and cements Arkham City (and by proxy Arkham Asylam) within the Batmans Mytho's.

[ Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 2 [ Hardcover ] - "Operation: kill joker" The joker quips "which sounds better? Ding-dong? Or the sound of a Robin being beating by a crowbar" in reference to Jason Todd second incarnation of Robin beaten to death by the Joker with a crowbar in the story "a death in the family" (Todd is resurrected by Ra's al Ghul in a Lazarus Pit who then takes on the persona `Red Hood' in "Batman : Under the Hood") this places the Arkham City story after "A Death in the Family" and helps cement the Arkham stories within the batman Mytho's and in-continuity chronology.

"Arkham Unhinged vol 3" - "Repentance" the character Azrael who appears within the Arkham story line (and makes his presence known to batman in the game Arkham City) is Officer Michael Lane from the miniseries `Azrael: Death's Dark Knight' original police partner of Officer Cash the second man to take on the avatar of Azrael not as presumed `Jean-Paul Valley' from ` Batman: Sword of Azrael' and so forth. Batman in Arkham City knows that the Azrael he meet's isn't the original Azrael(Jean-Paul Valley) who is dead by this point in the Batman Mythos, in the game this is the first time Batman meets Michael Lane's Azrael.(In the mini-series titled `Azrael: Death's Dark Knight' was produced as a tie-in to the' Battle for the Cowl' crossover event, with a later regular series.
The new Azrael is the Third "Ghost of Batman" to undergo Doctor Hurt's experiments; an African American ex-cop named Michael Washington Lane. He was approached by the Order of Purity to reclaim the mantle of Azrael after the Order's latest Azrael went mad and killed an undercover police officer. On his first night as Azrael he fights Talia al Ghul with her team of mercenaries led by Merlyn and later encounters Nightwing. After convincing Nightwing that he was not responsible for the murdered police officer, Nightwing persuades Talia to allow Michael to keep the Suit of Sorrows. Ra's al Ghul later attempts to manipulate Lane into destroying Gotham by having him commit suicide and be subsequently resurrected by the Suit, which was dipped in a Lazarus Pit. Lane worked with metahuman Crusader to 'judge' Batman, Catwoman and Red Robin for their past 'sins', and to determine if Gotham should be saved. Batman convinces Lane to use his swords to test himself, revealing Ra's's plan in time for Lane to stop the planned destruction of new metahuman Fireball. Ra's's plan was for Azrael to detonate Fireball and make it appear as though Gotham had been destroyed by terrorists, inciting a wave of violence that would cleanse Earth and allow Ra's to take control).

"Arkham Unhinged vol 3" -"Endgame" this story comes after the eventful ending of Arkham City and the apparent death of the Joker due to the Titan Formula, remember this story and Arkham City is placed before `Batman and Son' Damian is revealed a few years later (Damian appears as a pre-adolescent left by his mother in the care of his father, who previously was not aware of his son's existence. After the events of `Batman R.I.P.' and `Batman: Battle for the Cowl' Damian takes up the identity of Robin number four at ten years of age) the Joker makes an appears in `Batman and Son' and its sequel `Batman R.I.P' hence the Joker appears ten years after `Arkham City' and `Endgame (Arkham Unhinged vol 3)' alive and well, he isnt dead, how he survives is still unexplained (we should also keep in mind that the Joker appears in the story 'No Mans Land' which in the Batman Arkham chronology is set between 'Arkham City' and 'Batman and Son)

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke expands on the Joker's origins, describing the character as a failed comedian who adopts the identity of Red Hood (who also appears in a flashback sequence in Batman Arkham Origins (Batman Legend Edition)) to support his pregnant wife. The Killing Joke takes place in mainstream continuity The novel is cited as one of the greatest Joker stories ever written, influencing later comic stories (including the forced retirement of then-Batgirl Barbara Gordon after she is paralyzed by the Joker) and films such as 1989's Batman and 2008's The Dark Knight. Grant Morrison's 1989 Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth explores the psychoses of Batman, the Joker and other rogues in the eponymous facility along side Joker HC (The Joker)a major influence on Heath Ledgers portrayal as Joker in The Dark Knight).

(The 1992 animated series Batman: The Animated Series - Volume One [DVD]introduced the Joker's female sidekick: Harley Quinn, a psychologist who falls for--and ends up in an abusive relationship with--the Joker, becoming his supervillain accomplice. The character was popular, and was adapted into the comics as the Joker's romantic interest)

also check out Batman Arkham Unhinged TP Vol 1 and Batman Arkham City TP (Batman (DC Comics))


Batman: Arkham Unhinged Volume 3
Batman: Arkham Unhinged Volume 3
by Derek Fridolfs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Batman Mytho's and in-continuity chronology incorporating and tying in the Arkham games., 20 May 2014
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"Arkham Unhinged vol 3" - "Beloved" story is set before Grant Morrison's "Batman and Son" includes scene (the second coupling of Ra's al Ghuls daughter Talia and Bruce) in which Damian Wayne is conceived? (Tim Drake is the third Robin and it is his Robin in the Arkham series of games and connected stories until Damian Wayne take over the role of Robin ten years later, so even if Damian is not conceived during this story ten years latter the Joker makes an appearance). Story helps place Arkham City in Batman's chronology and cements Arkham City (and by proxy Arkham Asylam) within the Batmans Mytho's.

"Batman Arkham Unhinged Volume 2 HC" - "Operation: kill joker" The joker quips "which sounds better? Ding-dong? Or the sound of a Robin being beating by a crowbar" in reference to Jason Todd second incarnation of Robin beaten to death by the Joker with a crowbar in the story "a death in the family" (Todd is resurrected by Ra's al Ghul in a Lazarus Pit who then takes on the persona `Red Hood' in "Batman : Under the Hood") this places the Arkham City story after "A Death in the Family" and helps cement the Arkham stories within the batman Mytho's and in-continuity chronology.

"Arkham Unhinged vol 3" - "Repentance" the character Azrael who appears within the Arkham story line (and makes his presence known to batman in the game Arkham City) is Officer Michael Lane from the miniseries `Azrael: Death's Dark Knight' original police partner of Officer Cash the second man to take on the avatar of Azrael not as presumed `Jean-Paul Valley' from ` Batman: Sword of Azrael' and so forth. Batman in Arkham City knows that the Azrael he meet's isn't the original Azrael(Jean-Paul Valley) who is dead by this point in the Batman Mythos, in the game this is the first time Batman meets Michael Lane's Azrael.(In the mini-series titled `Azrael: Death's Dark Knight' was produced as a tie-in to the' Battle for the Cowl' crossover event, with a later regular series.
The new Azrael is the Third "Ghost of Batman" to undergo Doctor Hurt's experiments; an African American ex-cop named Michael Washington Lane. He was approached by the Order of Purity to reclaim the mantle of Azrael after the Order's latest Azrael went mad and killed an undercover police officer. On his first night as Azrael he fights Talia al Ghul with her team of mercenaries led by Merlyn and later encounters Nightwing. After convincing Nightwing that he was not responsible for the murdered police officer, Nightwing persuades Talia to allow Michael to keep the Suit of Sorrows. Ra's al Ghul later attempts to manipulate Lane into destroying Gotham by having him commit suicide and be subsequently resurrected by the Suit, which was dipped in a Lazarus Pit. Lane worked with metahuman Crusader to 'judge' Batman, Catwoman and Red Robin for their past 'sins', and to determine if Gotham should be saved. Batman convinces Lane to use his swords to test himself, revealing Ra's's plan in time for Lane to stop the planned destruction of new metahuman Fireball. Ra's's plan was for Azrael to detonate Fireball and make it appear as though Gotham had been destroyed by terrorists, inciting a wave of violence that would cleanse Earth and allow Ra's to take control).

"Arkham Unhinged vol 3" -"Endgame" this story comes after the eventful ending of Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year (PS3) and the apparent death of the Joker due to the Titan Formula, remember this story and Arkham City is placed before `Batman and son,' Damian is revealed a few years later (Damian appears as a pre-adolescent left by his mother in the care of his father, who previously was not aware of his son's existence. After the events of `Batman R.I.P.' and `Batman: Battle for the Cowl', Damian takes up the identity of Robin number four at ten years of age ) the Joker makes an appears in `Batman and son' and its sequel `Batman R.I.P' hence the Joker appears ten years after `Arkham City' and `Endgame (Arkham Unhinged vol 3)' alive and well, he isnt dead, how he survives is still unexplained (we should also keep in mind that the Joker appears in the story 'No Mans Land' which in the Batman Arkham chronology would be set between 'Arkham City' and 'Batman and Son and Tim Drake's Robin is active)

(Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC expands on the Joker's origins, describing the character as a failed comedian who adopts the identity of Red Hood (he also appears as the Red Hood in a flash back sequence in Batman Arkham Origins (PS3)) to support his pregnant wife. The Killing Joke (and by proxie the Batman: Arkham Origins game)takes place in mainstream continuity The novel is cited as one of the greatest Joker stories ever written, influencing later comic stories (including the forced retirement of then-Batgirl Barbara Gordon after she is paralyzed by the Joker) and films such as 1989's Batman and 2008's The Dark Knight. Grant Morrison's 1989 Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth explores the psychoses of Batman, the Joker and other rogues in the eponymous facility, along side Joker HC (The Joker)a major influence on Heath Ledgers portrayal as Joker in The Dark Knight).

(The 1992 animated series Batman: The Animated Series - Volume One [DVD] introduced the Joker's female sidekick: Harley Quinn, a psychologist who falls for--and ends up in an abusive relationship with--the Joker, becoming his supervillain accomplice. The character was popular, and was adapted into the comics as the Joker's romantic interest) Also check out Batman Arkham City TP (Batman (DC Comics)),Batman Arkham Unhinged TP Vol 1,Batman : Arkham Asylum - Game of the Year (PS3),Batman: Arkham Origins HC,Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)


In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjutsu
In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjutsu
by Antony Cummins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic guide to the true Ninja, 22 Oct. 2013
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Excellent companion volume and guide to the The three authentic Shinobi Scrolls of the Gunpo Jiyoshu, Shinobi-uta and Secret Ninja Transmission known as the Ninpiden and published as (The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi: Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls), Shoninki (True Path of the Ninja: Translation of the Shoninki, a 17th Century Ninja Training Manual) and the ninja epic of the Bansenshukai (The Book of Ninja) and add to the list "Iga and Koka Ninja Skills: The Secret Shinobi Scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori" a must have book for those seeking the true authentic, historical ninja, the world of the Shinobi owe a great debt to the research of Anthony Cummings, the last word on the Ninja and Ninjutsu very possibly.


Syndicate Executive Packaging Edition Game PS3
Syndicate Executive Packaging Edition Game PS3
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Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Syndicate Review 2013, 27 Sept. 2013
I have to say I, unlike some others out there, really like this third reiteration of Syndicate. being a fan of the original's ('Syndicate' which is available in the 'EA Replay' collection for PSP EA Replay (PSP) and 'Syndicate Wars' Syndicate Wars the classic sequel is available on the PSN store to download) I appreciated the chance to see the world through my own eyes (so to speak) and to take direct control of an agent etc. the multiplayer is a pleasant surprise too, a 4 player co-op in which you again take first person control of a agent and play through some of the original game(s) levels. An underappreciated game that with all taken into account is a great game, and I am sure like Syndicates inspiration the movie 'Blade Runner' will be looked on more favourably in the future.


Syndicate (PS3)
Syndicate (PS3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Syndicate review 2013, 26 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Syndicate (PS3) (Video Game)
I have to say I, unlike some others out there, really like this third reiteration of Syndicate. being a fan of the original's ('Syndicate' which is included in the 'EA Replay' collection for PSP EA Replay (PSP) and 'Syndicate Wars' Syndicate Wars which is available on the PSN store to download) I appreciated the chance to see the world through my own eyes (so to speak) and to take direct control of an agent etc. In 2017, the Eurocorp mega-corporation is born after the world's largest corporate merger. In 2025, Eurocorp releases the DART chip, a neural implant that allows users to access the dataverse and makes most electronic devices obsolete. As a result of the DART chip, the world is no longer ruled by governments, but by large mega-corporations known as "Syndicates". However, only half of the world's population embraces the chip, while the "unchipped" are abandoned and denied the same benefits afforded by their chipped counterparts. Furthermore, corporate espionage for dominance between Syndicates becomes the norm, resulting in the creation of "Agents": bio-engineered and chip-augmented enforcers who protect the interests of their corporate masters. The multiplayer is a pleasant surprise too, a 4 player co-op in which you again take first person control of a agent and play through some of the original game(s) levels, this is Starbreeze Studios take on the original Syndicates missions bridging the gap between the original and this updated Syndicate, the player is taught the new type of FPS interface in the single player, and then can use that in the co-op campaign (a great game in its own right). An underappreciated game that with all taken into account is a great game, and I am sure like Syndicates inspiration the movie 'Blade Runner' will be looked on more favourably in the future.


The Origin of God
The Origin of God
by Laurence Gardner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent, eye opening study of the Bible but here is some additional info concerning this subject, 23 May 2013
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Exellent, eye opening study of the Bible and a probable Sumerian influence to the origin of God (a combo 0f Enki, Enlil, Ninlil, Marduk -the Babylonian version of Enki- and Baal who was Known to the Sumerian's by the name Ishkur, all generally known as El Elyon, a catch all term) before the Christian El Elyon Monotheistic God. note that El, originally seems to be a Androgynous word for both a male and female deity, The earliest written form of the Germanic word 'God' (always, in this usage, capitalized)comes from the 6th century Christian 'Codex Argenteus'. The English word itself is derived from the Proto-Germanic * ǥušan. Most linguists agree that the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European form * ǵhu-tó-m was based on the root * ǵhau(ə)-, which meant either "to call" or "to invoke". The Germanic words for God were originally neuter--applying to both genders--but during the process of the Christianization of the Germanic peoples from their indigenous Germanic paganism, the word became a masculine syntactic form. In the English language, the capitalized form of God continues to represent a distinction between monotheistic "God" and "gods" in polytheism.
Gardiner mention's a 'Yuya/Iouiya/Yaouai'(phonetic Yahweh) who is directly equated with 'Aten/Adon' in the bible during the Egyptian Moses period, the following on the Canaanite 'Yah/Ia' maybe to be related to the Egyptian 'Yuya/Iouiya/Yaouai'.
Friedrich Delitzsch (1902) ((Delitzsch specialized in the study of ancient Middle Eastern languages, and published numerous works on Assyrian language, history and culture. He is remembered today for his scholarly critique of the Biblical Old Testament. In a 1902 controversial lecture titled "Babel and Bible", Delitzsch maintained that many Old Testament writings were borrowed from ancient Babylonian tales, including the stories of Genesis creation narrative and the Flood myth. During the following years there were several translations and modified versions of the "Babel and Bible". In the early 1920s, Delitzsch published the two-part Die große Täuschung (The Great Deception), which was a critical treatise on the book of Psalms, prophets of the Old Testament, the invasion of Canaan, etc. Delitzsch also stridently questioned the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible and placed great emphasis on its numerous examples of immorality (see also Julius Wellhausen)) brought into notice three tablets, of the age of the first dynasty of Babylon, in which he read the names of men called Ya-a'-ve-ilu, Ya-ve-ilu, and Ya-u-um-ilu (meaning "Yahweh is God"), and which he regarded as conclusive proof that Yahweh was known in Babylonia before 2000 BCE; he was a god of the Semitic invaders in the second wave of migration, who were, according to Winckler and Delitzsch, of North Semitic stock (Canaanites, in the linguistic sense).
In 1903 Ernst Sellin excavated at Ta'annuk (the city Taanach of the Book of Joshua) a tablet attributed to the 14th century BCE, in which a man is mentioned whose name may be read Ahi-Yawi, equivalent to the Hebrew name Ahijah. If the reading be correct, this would suggest that Yahweh was worshipped in central Canaan before the Israelite conquest. Genesis 14:17 describes a meeting between Melchizedek the king/priest of Salem and Abraham. Both these pre-conquest figures are described as worshipping the same "Most High God" later identified as Yahweh.
Yahweh ('Yahu'/'Yuya/Iouiya/Yaouai'), prior to becoming Yahweh the national god of Israel and taking on monothestic attributes in the 6th century BCE, was a part of the canaanite pantheon in the period before the Babylonian captivity. Archeological evidence reveals that during this time period the Israelites were a group of Canaanite people. Yahweh was seen as a War God, and equated with El (but do bare in mind orignaly El was given to all Babylonian/Sumerian deitys, male and female not just Enlil, but Enlil/Ishkur was/were seen as a destructive force). Asherah, who was often seen as El's consort, has been described as a consort of Yahweh in numerous inscriptions. The name Yahwi may possibly be found in some male Amorite names.
Many attempts have been made to trace the Northwest Semitic Yahu back to Babylonia. Thus Delitzsch (1881) formerly derived the name from an Akkadian god, I or Ia; or from the Semitic nominative ending, Yau; This deity, Delitzsch's Yahu, has since disappeared from the pantheon of Assyriologists. Jean Bottéro (2000) speculates that the West Semitic Yah/Ia, in fact is a version of the Babylonian god Ea (Enki), a view given support by the earliest finding of this name at Ebla during the reign of Ebrum, at which time the city was under Mesopotamian hegemony of Sargon of Akkad.


Necronomicon
Necronomicon
by Simon
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.03

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5.0 out of 5 stars NECRONOMICON BEGINNERS GUIDE 2014, 8 May 2012
For those who are considering the purchase of Avon Books Persudo-Necronomicon (Necronomicon literately translates as 'An Image of the Law of the Dead') by Simon (and those who have already got a copy - I am not going to cover old ground debating is the 'Necro' a fictitious literature creation of Lovecraft - yes it is - or a 'ancient' magickal grimoire - no it isn't) you should be informed that the 'Seven gates' ritual/working presented in the 'Simononicon', is basically based on a basic combination of 'PLANATERY MAGICK' and 'ASCENT' rituals, given a mishmash of basic Babylonian and Akkadian aesthetics, and Lovcraftian imaginary (Cthulhu Mythos).

The Seven planets or celestial spheres (known to our ancestors were Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and Moon, yes the ancients considered the sun and moon as planets) are often used to describe the stages of the soul's asension to the Heavens also known to the Babylonians as the Underworld, there is a conflation of the idea of the Underworld with the skies above the world in Sumerian/Babylonian religion, the point in the heavens that was 'Heaven' was in the direction of the seven stars of the 'Uras Major' or to you and me 'The Big Dipper', the axis mundi, Heaven/Underworld were effectively one and the same thing, to the Sumerians and Babylonians there was no heaven and hell these are later Judaic Christian concept.

In some Gnostic traditions, the planetary deities are viewed as Archons(overlords) controlling the seven planetary heavens (the Seven planets). These Judaic Christian Archons were dualistic in nature they are on the one hand the Angels (seven spiritual virtues) and there dualistic counterparts the Archons (seven material aspects) the combination of these two were/are called Archangels in Judaic Christian tradition. The term angel derives from a Greek translation of the original Hebrew 'mal'akh' which originally meant the 'Shadow side of God' and latter came to mean a messenger. this derivation offers a clue to the original nature of angels, 'messenger' implies a function or status but they are rather an essence, there inherent nature can not be separated from God because they are part of the quintessence of God. Check out Angels: An Endangered Species and give a look to Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (they were known in the ancient Egyptian tradition as 'The Watchers' to the Sumerians and Babylonians they were the Sebittu (the seven) later known in middle-Babylonian times as Igigi (great gods)used to refer to the gods of heaven collectively, just as the term Anunnakku was used to refer to the gods of the underworld Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary)you should also check out Babylonian Star-lore. An Illustrated Guide to the Star-lore and Constellations of Ancient Babylonia the The Magician's Companion: A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism (Llewellyn's Sourcebook) is another helpful guide.

The Simonomicon is basically based/inspired by the 'Merkabah' school of Judaic mysticism (which was considerably influenced by Greek Gnostic doctrines), in which planetary deities take the form of Archangels. These seven archangles guard the 'Gates' of the 'Hekeloth' which must be passed in order to asend to the heavenly throne of 'Merkabah'. In both the Gnostic and Hebrew treditions, the seeker was required to possess magical seals (containing the secret names of God) allowing passage through each planetary gate. Each seal was considered to represent a particular attainment or initiation. Read the companion volume The Gates of the Necronomicon, along with Peter Levenda's Stairway to Heaven an excellent introduction to ascent rituals in world spiritual literature (Levenda reveals a consistent emphasis on the number seven and its association with heavenly themes, he examines the myths and rituals of Egypt, Sumer and Babylon to locate the origin of the ascent phenomenon and comes up with some surprising results in the 'ascent' rituals of the middle east. Shifting to the far east, Levenda demonstrates how the mystical practices of China and India display important similarities to these rituals, most notably in the practices of the Chinese alchemists who used a map of seven stars as their ladder to heaven). Check out Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic (Monografas a) by Peter Levenda as well.

Now BE WARNED there are big problems written into the Simonomicon rituals, DO read Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind the Legend there are mistakes, some may be innocent and some apparently appear to be on purpose, the Necronomicon in lovecraft fiction is an malign malevolent book that never offers the protagonist power or wealth only death (physical and spiritual)by the great old ones, so this might be why the books rituals have them in it, to keep with the lovecraftian feel and to give the practitioner a bad trip so to speak, pit falls the seeker who attempts to practice this work, will have to overcome, basically DUE DILIGENCE is required - some of these mistakes are revealed in the Necronomicon Files book, a understanding of Babylonian mythology is a must, check the Simononicons bibliography and perhaps you can turn the rituals into an assent to the heavens (achieving spiritual immortality and godhood)as apposed to a journey to the underworld(spiritual death, could it tear your soul apart?)

The other modern Persudo-Necronomicon you should definitely check out are Donald Tyson'sGrimoire of the Necronomicon (a real workable manual of magick) and its companions 'The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon: A Workbook of Magic' with the 'Pseudonomicon' by Phil Hines along side the 13 Gates of the Necronomicon you can effectively create your own Necro that wont eat your face off. 'Necronomicon Tarot' (along with 'Portable Magic: Tarot Is the Only Tool You Need') and his fictions 'Necronomicon: The Wanderings of Alhazred' and 'Alhazred: Author of the Necromonicon'. The Tyson persudo-Necronomicon is generally thought to be closer to Lovecraft's vision than other published versions.

Lets not forget everyone's favourite FAUX (i.e fake ) pretendenomicon's (the best homage to lovecrafts necronomicon of all the bunch is) 'The Necronomicon: Or the Book of Dead Names' (Skoob Esoterica)(this hoax version of the Necronomicon, edited by George Hay, appeared in 1978 and included an introduction by the paranormal researcher and writer Colin Wilson who expertly interwove fact and fiction in his introduction. David Langford described how the book was prepared from a computer analysis of a discovered "cipher text" by Dr. John Dee. The resulting "translation" was in fact written by Occultist Robert Turner, but it was far truer to the Lovecraftian version than the Simon text and even incorporates quotations from Lovecraft's stories in its passages. (Wilson also wrote a story, "The Return of the Lloigor", in which the very real 'Voynich' manuscript turns out to be a copy of the Necronomicon, you may find 'The Voynich Manuscript: The unsolved riddle of an extraordinary book which has defied interpretation for centuries by Gerry Kennedy' interesting) and Robert Turners sequel 'The R'lyeh Text' (Skoob Esoterica) (found on Amazon under the author Patricia Shore) and the final Pretendenomicon we will look at written in fake persudo arabic - "Duriac," a nonexistent language, supposedly descended from Akkadian - is 'Al Azif: The Necronomicon' [Written in Arabic] by L. Sprague de Camp. This book was original published in a limited hardcover edition for one main reason: to get the Library of Congress to catalogue it and Therefore an official library record came into existence for the NECRONOMICON. The acute and astute reader will of course take these last three books as part of the 'Expanded Fictional Lovcraftian Cthulhu Mythos Universe' they are obviously not (and were never have meant to be taken for) the real thing.

You will also find various copies/versions of previous Necronomicon's ('The Sussex Manuscript', 'Necronomicon:The Dee Translation' etc) in 'The Necronomicon' by Robert M. Price.


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