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Embarrassing - for the anally retentive, Lon Milo fan club and/or Americans only
on 4 August 2017
I bought this book on the strength of the all 5 star reviews at the time. What we have here is a book written by person A about person B, the latter who is reported as gazingly longingly at person A's photograph on his desk. Is this a sound basis upon which to write a book? One narcissist writing about another. The book ought to come with a sick bag. A romantic novel, pornographic book or psychological case study perhaps would have worked better. Qabalah is a bit nerdy, let's be honest. All occultism is but Qabalah particularly so. Adding attempts at humour, particularly of a self-conscious 'I'm being really funny right now' manner, do not automatically make it a funny book but just turn it into an embarrassing book for hero worshipping nerds, and over the top, overenthusiastic Americanisms just make it worse for a Brit like myself. The odd comment is mildly amusing but that's about it. The rest is rather twee, normie humour. I am left wishing the author would just get to the point. Rodney Orpheus sounded like he was a really pitiful individual from his preface. The book is filled with a rather unremarkable Q&A style interview with this egocentric Qabalah expert Ben Clifford, interspersed with plainly presented about Qabalah. How accurate are the records of these conversations anyway? The actual Qabalah content looks ok but Lon Milo insists on torturing his readers with the remainder. Had he had a 'whacky' intro and left the rest as serious with the odd joke, it would have been readable, with interviews as an appendix or simply left out and perhaps just referenced on a web site somewhere, which is probably where they belong. If I was to edit this book down to something useable then it would be less than half the number of pages.