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John Dee's Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Enochian Magic
John Dee's Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Enochian Magic
by Joe Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £42.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on the Publisher, 3 April 2014
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The reviews on amazon.com tell all: This book is simply brilliant, the editing superb and thoughtful. Peterson has done a wonderful job, and anybody interested in Enochian or John Dee will have to read (and admire) this superb book.

The publisher - Red Wheel Weiser - have really outdone themselves this time round. The quality of the product is an atrocity! If you are familiar with the cheap, print-on-demand books by Lulu, then you will know what is awaiting you here: Lulu quality (i.e very cheap paperback). It is simply awful quality - and they're asking 40 quid for this rubbish - unbelievable!!!

Unfortunately, the contents, as well as the scholarship of the editor are so fantastic that you will have to get this book. What a pity that the first ever publication of this superb collection of libri should be published by a company having no interest in quality whatsoever! Weiser publish occult works and as such ought to know that the worship of Mammon is unbefitting.

Get this book! But buy it second hand. Do not give your money to this greedy publisher!


Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism
Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism
by Antoine Faivre
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £106.72

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but woefully incomplete, 1 Dec 2012
The articles within this dictionary are all scholarly and excellent. Unfortunately, 400+ entries doesn't even scratch the surface of the subject, which compromises the usefulness of this work. For example there is no article for Kenneth Grant, no single article for the Qabala, etc. This is the real problem here: Professor Hanegraaf essentially put together what can only be described as the foundation stone to a grand encyclopedia of western esotericism. This he then packaged as a dictionary. This work needs to be extended to at least 2000 entries (i.e. 5 volumes) in order to be worth the term "dictionary" and to do it justice. If Prof. Hanegraaff reads this, please take the subject listing of H. Miers as a guide and continue expanding this dictionary and turn it into the encyclopedia it deserves to be!

However, the articles it does contain are all brilliant. As such it is a standard work and warmly recommended. If you know German, also get Horst Miers' "Lexikon des Geheimwissens" which is more complete (but also full of mistakes).

The binding is smith-sewn, i.e. excellent. Paper quality is very good. Could have done with pictures!

For the time being, this is the best work of its kind in English, and is essential to all scholars and students of esotericism. It desperately needs to be expanded though. - Recommended.


A Concise  Dictionary of Middle English
A Concise Dictionary of Middle English
by Anthony Lawson Mayhew
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.86

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, awful binding, 3 Jan 2012
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Review of the hardcover edition.
Concerning the contents this dictionary is absolutely brilliant. If you read ME you will want this wordhoard. It contains pretty much all ME words, is clearly set out and printed in an easy to read font. The contents deserve 5 stars - and you'll be glad you got this book.
Concerning the binding this is one massive con! Do not be fooled by the term "hardcover" - the book is glued, not sewn, and stuck into a hardcover by its endleaves. This product is not made to last, which, considering that it's a dictionary which by it's very nature is subject to frequent use, is totally out of order. The binding deserves 0 stars - and you'll regret getting this book.
Overall 2.5 stars.
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The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)
by Aleister Crowley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.54

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful & Interesting, 28 Mar 2011
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This is an excellent collection of Crowley's short stories. His mastery of English is awesome, as are his wit and humour. If you enjoy the stories of E.A. Poe or E. T. A. Hoffmann, then you will enjoy most of the stories here. Most of the stories involve Crowley's beliefs in some way or other, but even if you are not a Thelemite, they are good and enjoyable, you just won't appreciate the deeper meaning hidden within. As Crowley does not blatantly force his philosophy upon the reader, this book can indeed be enjoyed by non-Thelemites. If, however, you happen to be a Thelemite, then this is a must buy: his explanations on matters Occult are simply brilliant and are a welcome addition to his technical writings which many of these stories elucidate. Mind-blowing too, his prose depictions of the Qabalah, his past incarnations, etc.
Crowley was predominantley an Occultist, not a story-teller, and this shows. Nonetheless, his skill is of a high standard, and given the price of the book, this is well worth it.


Works (Oxford Standard Authors)
Works (Oxford Standard Authors)
by Thomas Malory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Middle English Literature, 7 April 2010
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This book contains all of Malory's renditions into Middle English of the Arthurian cycle. His English is easier to understand than Chaucer's, and anybody with a fair knowledge of English will understand it. In addition, Malory really does know how to write: we have here a truly riveting read. A wordlist at the back of the book translates most (but not all) terms that have either changed in meaning or are now obsolete.
Unfortunately, this is a paperback. The paper and print quality are not exactly top notch either, although the binding is decent. Thus only 4 stars.
All in all, this is highly recommendable. If you're interested in the tales of Arthur, Merlin, Perceval, etc. then this is a must read.


The Wind Farm Scam (Independent Minds)
The Wind Farm Scam (Independent Minds)
by John Etherington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 21 Feb 2010
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There is little to add to the positive reviews about this wonderful little volume except the following: Concerning presentation, literary style, clarity of argument, logical structure, etc., etc. this book is certainly one of the very best I have ever read. It's all straight to the point, no waffle or superfluous information whatsoever. This volume is - in a word - lean!
A must read!!!


The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
by J R R Tolkien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.72

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic, 7 May 2009
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In this book Tolkien gives us his English versions of the lays of Sigurd (aka Siegfried) and Gudrun - old Germanic stories known predominantly from the Edda. These are written in the style of the poetic Edda. This he really manages to pull off, especially when considering that the English language does not lend itself easily to such an undertaking. As such the English used is of very high quality and at times almost difficult to understand. These lays are the main corpus of the book, however, Tolkien junior threw in some goodies: first and foremost a lecture given by professor Tolkien in Oxford (Introduction to the Elder Edda) that is quite excellent. Then there are appendices such as the fragments of Tolkiens Old English version of the Lay of Attila. This is again brilliant. Also, Christopher Tolkien gives us an account of the genesis of these Eddaic stories. We here have standard scolarship, well written but in effect superfluous. He mistakenly continues on the road that these stories refer to historical facts. Unfortunately, by following standard opinion he gets this all wrong (cf. the research of Ritter-Schaumburg, Schmoeckel, et al.).
The book itself is well bound, good font, good paper quality. Alas, the publishers could have spared half the paper had they not gone to such lengths to waste space in order to make the book a little thicker.
All in all, this is highly recommended for those interested in Icelandic heroic epics. However, if you're only acquainted with the Hobbit DO NOT purchase this!


Extreme Door Bar Pull Up Gym, Pull up, Chin up Exercises Get Abs Like Iron(new model)
Extreme Door Bar Pull Up Gym, Pull up, Chin up Exercises Get Abs Like Iron(new model)
Offered by InternetukShop
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of equipment, 27 Feb 2009
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This pull-up bar is easy to assemble (10 mins max.), very sturdy and allows for numerous variations of pull-ups (wide grip, narrow grip, etc.). You aught to measure your door frame before ordering to make sure it fits, but basically it will fit into pretty much all modern door frames. Like an other reviewer, I got 10 long screws instead of 8 long, 2 short. This doesn't matter at all and I suspect that this is normal and that Medicarn merely forgot to update their manual. The nuts do tighten, but you will need to use a screwdriver and spanner. The brackets for fixing the bar are not necessary as long as you use the equipment sensibly. I guess they put them in in order to be on the safe side of the law. Though Amazon say that they don't dispatch this abroad, they in fact do. I ordered from Internetukshop via Amazon on Tuesday evening and it arrived in Germany on Friday. All in all highly recommended. Great value for money.


Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Exercises: Standing Pole
Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Exercises: Standing Pole
by J.P.C. Moffett
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction, 16 Dec 2008
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This really is a good book, giving a lot of advice concerning zhan zhuang chi kung. The reader ought to be aware, however, that the other books of this author are indeed rubbish (contrary to his words, he never learnt from Wang Xiang Zhai). This little book, however, gives excellent insights into this particular style of chi-kung. It predominantly deals with health and is rather excellent in this field. If you are a practitionar of this particular style of chi-kung, then this book is for you, and there is indeed a lot to be learnt from Wang! But remember not to read his other works: they are poor, to say the least.


Popular Tales of the West Highlands: Volume 1
Popular Tales of the West Highlands: Volume 1
by J.F. Campbell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scottish version of Grimm, 16 Dec 2008
This - and the other three volumes - is a collection of Scottish fairy tales. The stories are given in the original Gaelic with an English translation. This really is a comprehensive and exhaustive collection of these tales. The English translations are extremely accurate, so much so that they are often hard reading, and perfectly portray the original Gaelic. In contrast to the tales of the Brothers Grimm these texts are neither cleansed nor purified. They are thus often quite raw, in parts even chaotic. This is thus true oral tradition! At the end of each tale there is an in-depth commentary, including history and comparisons to other European tales.
All in all an excellent edition. This ought to be compulsory reading - certainly in Scotland! But above all: this collection is truly a joy to read!


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