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Bucklands Complete waste of time and money!
on 5 March 2002
To me, this book seemed very tacky. I found that it did not capture any of the true essence of the subject that other books have managed to do. I found it very dull, uninspiring and a mis-representation of the true nature of the craft.
I agree with a previous reviewer about the ritual passages, plus all the blank spaces and crudely drawn pictures seem to pad the book out so it looks like it has more substance than it actually does.
Yes it does cover a little bit of everything, but it does so in a rather unappealing way. The style of the book is not particularly well thought out, and there seems very little emphasis on developing your own abilities and your own personal path (other than the spaces in the book to write your results). I felt that it gave a rather narrow perspective of things, and left me feeling that it was not so much of an informative book as it could have been, as the subjects are not covered in enough depth and seem to be just snippets of information on the various aspects pasted in, rather than useful and useable content.
It is certainly not all bad, but I do feel that there are a lot of better books out there- if you are a beginner I suggest Vivianne Crowley or Teresa Moorey, as the content of these books are much more accurate and readable.
But to state that this book is a "complete" guide is just laughable!