The Winged Bull Paperback – 1 Jun 1988
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Plotwise, the story's simple. Fresh from the First World War and down on his luck, Ted Murchison has a chance encounter with an old officer friend, who offers him a job and accommodation. The job appears to be taking part in an Occult / psychological experiment with his sister, who is somewhat neurotic following an earlier, botched, experiment. Add a couple of shady black magicians and a relationship that appears to change by the page and you have a rather confusing mix.
I wouldn't know if this was the best introduction to Dion Fortune's Occult novels, but it hasn't prompted me to buy more. But if you already have an interest, this novel will probably sustain it.
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This review is not about the merits this particular Dion Fortune novel. I just want to point out a problem with the Kindle edition.
Kindle books usually have quite a few typos. This one, however, omits large amounts of text. Here is the part where text has been lost:
"Ursula flushed scarlet, and flashed an angry look at her brother. sheltered from the wind. He turned his face up to it, shutting his eyes against the bright light, and let the sunshine beat upon his skin."
When that paragraph begins, three characters are indoors at night. When the paragraph ends, two people are outdoors during daylight. (If I didn't know Dion Fortune's novels practically by heart, I don't know what I would have made of that paragraph.)
The Kindle editions of Dion Fortune's The Sea Priestess and The Goat Foot God are in pretty good shape, with just the minor typographical errors that seem to accompany all Kindle books, e.g.:
"eloisier" instead of "cloister"
"ifhe" instead of "if he"
"mediseval" instead of "medieval"
Since I have to rate the book to post this review, I give it only three stars because it is my least favorite Dion Fortune novel. I found the premise less engaging and the main characters less likeable than those in her other novels.
i think it would be more difficult to enjoy the story if this were a contemporary author, because 'the woman needing to be rescued' meme can be irritating.
But, if one understands that Dion Fortune's stories are a byproduct of her work as one of the most important psycho/spiritual pioneers of the early part of the last century, any annoyance for outmoded feminine stereotypes is quickly forgiven.
In fact, for me, it added a layer of interest to the work, and continuing respect for the mind that helped move the culture out of the dark ages.