Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review of PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines

Paradox BoundParadox Bound by Peter Clines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines

Author Peter Clines unfailingly delivers a vastly imaginative landscape, in every single novel. In 14, in FOLD, and in PARADOX BOUND, he gives readers an unparalleled reading experience: escapism, but not only that. He also stretches our intellects and ignites our imaginations. In short, he molds us into individuals enlarged and improved for having read his work.

In PARADOX BOUND, he introduces us to the concept of "history travel," as feckless but well-intentioned protagonist {and hero} Eli Teague of tiny Sanders, Maine, discovers that yes, Virginia, time travel exists, and you can do it while driving. The Founding Fathers of the United States had a lot more metaphysical grasp than is taught in history books and classrooms. They arranged the creation of an actual, physical, American Dream, which inspires citizens to expand and excel and to live their dreams (just as this novel inspires readers). But the Dream disappeared in 1963, and searchers travel throughout and across U. S. history, hunting it, while the ranks of "faceless men" track the searchers.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

THELEMA By Colin D. Campbell_ Review

Thelema: An Introduction to the Life, Work & Philosophy of Aleister CrowleyThelema: An Introduction to the Life, Work & Philosophy of Aleister Crowley by Colin D. Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THELEMA by Colin D. Campbell

THELEMA is a remarkably lucid, readable, and inspiring account of the life, and lifelong work, of Aleister Crowley: ceremonial magician, leader, founder, channeler, prophet. The author's enthusiasm and continued encouragement of readers to press on for themselves, to prove for themselves the truth of the Great Work, drives this book and vivifies his explanations. Cutting through the scurrilous and slanderous propaganda, Campbell illustrates a man who childhood was stable and beneficial, only to be upended and personally destructive to the drives and imagination. As author Campbell delineates Crowley' s biography, he also discusses at length his writings, magical beliefs and activities, and most essential, his Great Work. Included are selections from Crowley' s own writings.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review of YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION by Pierre Bonnasse

Yoga Nidra Meditation: The Sleep of the SagesYoga Nidra Meditation: The Sleep of the Sages by Pierre Bonnasse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Review of YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION
The Sleep of the Sages
by Pierre Bonnasse
A Conscious Exploration of Wakefulness, Dreaming, and Deep Sleep

YOGA NIDRA MEDITATION is a manual that is designed to expand the consciousness. Yoga Nigra is a practice not as popular or well known as some other forms of Yoga, but here author Pierre Bonnasse offers an extensively researched and quite readable guide to the history, philosophy, and practice. His aim is to inspire readers to seek out the benefits of Yoga Nidra for themselves. As the subtitle iterates, it is beneficial in consciously exploring the realms of wakefulness, dreaming, and deep sleep. This book will resonate with readers who seek to explore thought, attention, and metaphysical awareness. Yoga Nidra is supportive of relaxation, release of fear and anxiety, and acquiring joy, peace, and calm within one's self.

















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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE CHILD AT THE END OF TIME by Chad Clark_Review

The Child At The End Of TimeThe Child At The End Of Time by Chad A. Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE CHILD AT THE END OF TIME by Chad Clark

(Release Oct. 11 2017)

I seriously don't remember breathing from start to finish. I am certain I read with eyes the size of flying saucers and jaw lying on the floor. I never thought I could be as monstrously affected by an end-of-the-world scenario as I was by Philip Wylie' s TOMORROW, which I read when I was about 10. {Under the Dome sure didn't affect me that way.} Along comes Mr. Chad Clark, predicating an absolutely implacably horrific end-time--not just of humanity, but of anything of civilization...and the End comes from Out There. No, not aliens. From Beyond. H. P. Lovecraft is surely applauding from his interment. Certainly I applaud. Although, likely I may never sleep again. And at the next crack of thunder, cardiac arrest will surely be imminent.

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Review: MESTLVEN by Jesse Teller

Mestlven: A Tale from PeriliscMestlven: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MESTLVEN by Jesse Teller

MESTLVEN is grimdark epic fantasy, or in my categorizing, fantasy noir. Set in the author's created world Perilisc, it weaves neatly back and forth between present and past, relating the tale of a young woman, a mother, who undergoes grievous tragedies and is led astray. Meredith, once the wife of a well-to-do nobleman, instead mutates into a talented and seemingly invisible and invincible assassin. Internally, her psyche is all darkness, yet she can't retrieve the memories to explain why. Readers will become inextricably attached to many of these characters, vicariously suffering with them.

Caution: This is NOT your ancestors' Happily-Ever-After Fairy Tale.

I read a digital copy generously provided by the author, via Shut Up and Read Goodreads Group, at no cost. I chose to review MESTLVEN.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

THE X-VARIANT by Rosemary Cole_Review

The X-Variant (The Guardians, #1)The X-Variant by Rosemary Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE X-VARIANT by Rosemary Cole (THE GUARDIANS #1)

Welcome to the Hive Mind! Usually, such a phrase elicits terror, as when we think of The Borg {"Resistance is futile!"} or we remember "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" or "The Blob." However, Rosemary Cole's version, the Dronenet, is actually positive, and the society is utopian. This fact is even more amazing given that it is the outgrowth of a viral pandemic apocalypse, nearly 5.5 centuries earlier.

Not only did I applaud the outcome; THE X-VARIANT is a tremendously fast-paced sci fi thriller, with tons of suspense and empathetic characters. I finished eager to read the sequel (in 2018).

Thanks to author Rosemary Cole and Goodreads Group Shut Up and Read, for so generously providing a digital copy at no cost.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MIND BENDER by Dean C. Moore_Review

Mind Bender (It Takes Two, #1)Mind Bender by Dean C. Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MIND BENDER by Dean C. Moore
(IT TAKES TWO #1)

Finding myself engrossed is not uncommon when reading horror, but turning the pages so fast that my Kindle sparks is more rare in other genres. Yet, I read MIND BENDER with exactly that [figurative] experience. Whether due to the author's writing gift, the lovable yet awe-inspiring characters, the superlative science fictional plot, or the glimmering possibilities of metaphysics glimpsed in the near background, this novel was riveting. Simultaneously I chuckled often, occasionally laughed aloud, gasped, and marveled. Exceptional novel!

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