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181. Crawling Chaos: Selected Works
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182. Once Upon a Beltane Eve
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183. Myriam and the Mystic Brotherhood
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184. Murder of a Prophet: Dark Side
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186. Mysterious Marie Laveau Voodoo
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181. Crawling Chaos: Selected Works 1920-1935
by H. P. Lovecraft
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Asin: 1871592720
Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: Creation Books
Sales Rank: 605312
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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H P Lovecraft, one of the greatest obsessive writers of the 20th century, naturally chose the pulp genre of "weird horror" in which to exorcise his acute anatomical alienation and existential torment.

An indispensable chronological collection of this unique writer's best work; from his distinctive collaborative pieces, prose-poems and early tales of the gruesome and bizarre, through to maturation and efflorescence of his personal cosmology, the Cthulhu Mythos. With an introduction by Colin Wilson, Crawling Chaos is essential to the library of every horror/ fantasy fan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars First and last book I shall ever get rid of...
This I am serious. This is just about the first Lovecraft book I ever got. If I were to go broke or die I will certainly not get rid of this one. In this book are all of Lovecrafts finest works. Though I must say to read them at first you will not understand quite fully,especially if for the first time reading Lovecraft. I recommend reading: The Loved Dead, The Hound, The Rats in the Walls and, Nyarlathotep.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Lovecraft collectors
An excellent compilations of many of the short stories that did not make it into many of the mass market anthologies of recent years. Though yes, it also has a few of the old standbys like the Call of Cthulhu and At The Mountains of Madness. The small font and two-column layout means that there is a good deal more material in this book than the page count might tend to imply.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best work of a great horror writer
This is the definitive collection of Lovecraft; if you've never read his work, but want to check him out, this is the place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Horror as it should be.
King and Koontz don't stand-up to Lovecraft. This sampling ofhis definitive work, "The Cthulhu Mythos" as well as other stories,shows pure, definitive horror, twisted and convulsed beautifully. A definite must for the horror fan, filled with dark Gothic delights and terror.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Compilation of Lovecraft's work.
If you are a fan of Lovecraft, or just yearn for the dark side of imagination, this is your book. For those new to Herbert Lovecraft's work, he is one of the pioneers of horror writing. During his short lifetime, Lovecraft created dark mythos out of which he carved his apocalyptic tales. CRAWLING CHAOS is compilation of his most important works along with some very intersting biological info. ... Read more


182. Once Upon a Beltane Eve
by Selene Silverwind
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Asin: 1892718340
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Spilled Candy Publication
Sales Rank: 718688
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Join two young lovers as they turn the Wheel of the Year beginning Once Upon a Beltane Eve. They observe Sabbats, handfastings, wiccanings, wakes, and various holy days.

As their love and commitment grow, so does danger from an ex-girlfriend who's religious zeal and jealousy could be a lethal combination for the pagan couple. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! --
This pleasant story is the kind that takes me away into another world, where one is just completely captivated by the characters and the story (what any good work of fiction will do!) I found great pleasure in the love between the two main characters. It was very inspiring to experience so much love, via Julian and Fiona. It seemed so real that I found myself wondering if this was in some ways the author's own story. The Pagan elements, the Wiccan holidays, ways to celebrate and mark major life events: marriage (handfasting) birth, death, ceremonial visitations from the dead (a "Dumb Supper") and more, are all here. This is much more than a great way to teach non-Pagans about the lovely holidays of Wicca. This is a great love story. Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars refreshing new theme
This is a futuristic novel about a man and woman who fall in love and celebrate the seasons with beautifully described sabbat ceremonies. The love story and other relationships are somewhat unrealistic and overly sweet at times. Otherwise, the writing style is pleasant and the paganism of the characters is well-described.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good explanation of wicca in everyday life
This is what I've been looking for to explain to my non wiccan friends what it is I believe. What better way than a story that incorporates the sabbats and other rituals into everyday life? Thank you, Selene. I'll be looking for more of your books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for newbies
This book is an excellent primer for Wiccans just starting on the path who want more than a non-fiction how-to book. It's also good for non-Pagans curious about the Wiccan religion and way of life. I found it to be a great addition to my collection Wiccan books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting ....
Weaving an enchanting story, the writer leads you through the life of two young adults. Through their joys and sorrows, you experience their life almost first hand. I cried and laughed thoughout the book. Being Pagan, it touched me on a very spiritual level. I recommend this book highly to both Pagans and non-Pagans alike, for it will also touch you on a "life" level. It is a story of life, of dreams, of hopes, of trials... of love. A MUST read!! ... Read more


183. Myriam and the Mystic Brotherhood
by Maude Lessuer Howard
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Asin: 1564599035
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
Sales Rank: 1044152
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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1924. An occult novel, this book reveals lessons of occultism that shows how the Neophyte's work under the guidance of the Masters.These men live to extreme old age and have become proficient in occult laws.Even death does not stop the Great Work.Fascinating reading! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Undiscovered Classic
Very entertaining reading. Puts James Redfields books to shame. If your into horses its even better, but not a must. It carries a flair of reality to it, spiced with clues of its origination and actual names of key people. Makes you want to go and find the mystical place. Its a must read for anyone on a spiritual quest for the answers. ... Read more


184. Murder of a Prophet: Dark Side of Utah Polygamy
by John R. Llewellyn
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Asin: 188810693X
Catlog: Book (2000-02)
Publisher: Agreka Books
Sales Rank: 669696
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A riveting fact-based story of intrigue, murder, and sex. Lusting for worldwide power and recognition, the fanatical leader of a Utah polygamist cult launches a plan to become "the prophet" of all the polygamist cults—and then to take over the entire Mormon Church. Detectives encounter a doomsday Waco-type standoff with women and children. As the drama unfolds, the personal background stories of individuals portray a realistic portrait of: 1. Easy manipulation of deeply faithful people taught unquestioning obedience by unscrupulous leaders. 2. Depictions of the negative social and genetic effects of many polygamous cults. 3. Vibrant, playful little girls often devolving into lifeless, emotionless women. 4. Occasional men, sexually intimidated by mature women, and having absolute control over their children, fall into pedophilic behavior as they train girls "when they are still young" to become a pleasing wife to the husband. 5. While claiming polygamy is simply a mandate by God to raise up a righteous progeny, and that men are being "holy" as they fulfill this directive to qualify for Celestial Glory, two polygamist leaders lustfully pursue a beautiful new woman convert, each wanting her as wife.A riveting fact-based story of intrigue, murder, and sex. Lusting for worldwide power and recognition, the fanatical leader of a Utah polygamist cult launches a plan to become "the prophet" of all the polygamist cults—and then to take over the entire Mormon Church. Detectives encounter a doomsday Waco-type standoff with women and children. As the drama unfolds, the personal background stories of individuals portray a realistic portrait of: 1. Easy manipulation of deeply faithful people taught unquestioning obedience by unscrupulous leaders. 2. Depictions of the negative social and genetic effects of many polygamous cults. 3. Vibrant, playful little girls often devolving into lifeless, emotionless women. 4. Occasional men, sexually intimidated by mature women, and having absolute control over their children, fall into pedophilic behavior as they train girls "when they are still young" to become a pleasing wife to the husband. 5. While claiming polygamy is simply a mandate by God to raise up a righteous progeny, and that men are being "holy" as they fulfill this directive to qualify for Celestial Glory, two polygamist leaders lustfully pursue a beautiful new woman convert, each wanting her as wife. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars This book had familiar stories,
but coming from a polygamist background myself, I see that the author has mixed up and disstorted a lot of facts. One fact that is kept very quiet is that Mr. Llewellyn was for a number of years a member of the apostolic united bretheren, a polygamist group located in Bluffdale, UT. Also, he only left after being rebuffed while trying to court a second wife. His story sure has changed!! I was born inColorado City and have friends and family in 3 different polygamist groupsand know a lot of the true stories. It is true that the Kingston group and the Colorado CIty bunch engage in forced marriages, and incest...

5-0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful, compelling and fascinating insider's view
John Llewellyn possesses a unique insider's view of both the law enforcement world and polygamist culture. His investigative background and journalistic expertise combine in this fascinating, compelling andentertaining work. The characterizations are both believable and ironic andthe plot is unique and intriguing.

3-0 out of 5 stars a new author, but one with talent
The author may not be a John Steinbeck, it's his first novel, but with a little more experience, he could be.Nevertheless, his knowledge of the subject is beyond dispute.The novel made front page review in the SaltLake Tribune, and the author has been interviewed on national and localtelevision. Murder of a Prophet has caused quite a stir in Utah, especiallyamong the 60,000 odd polygamists believed to live in Utah and thesurronding states.According to the Tribune, it has been banned in thepolygamist communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah.Thestory, which incidently is very good, gives the reader a peek in the mindsof polygamists prone to violence, which is not an unusual scenario in Utah.I was raised in a polygamist family, rejected the religon, but still havecontacts among the subculture.Utah polygamists, paranoid by nature, aredoing what they can to discredit both the author and his story, which iswhy I read it.They are afraid it paints all polygamists as abusers. Itdosen't.It is an intense story about abuse of power and demented cultmentality.The polygamists would rather cover up their dark side than dealwith it.It is interesting that those most critical of the book have readit cover to cover and are in the processof writing their own book, thatis suppose to counteract Murder of a Prophet. ... Read more


185. Her Bak: The Living Face of Ancient Egypt
by Isha Schwaller De Lubicz, Lucie Lamy
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Asin: 0892810033
Catlog: Book (1980-06-01)
Publisher: Inner Traditions International
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In these fictional accounts, the wisdom of Ancient Egypt is revealed through the eyes of a young Her-Bak, a candidate for initiation into the Inner Temple. The events related take place between the XX and XXI dynasties. In this volume Her-Bak's training in the living school of Nature and in the Outer Temple unfolds. ... Read more


186. Mysterious Marie Laveau Voodoo Queen and Folk Tales Along the Mississippi
by Raymond Martinez
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Asin: 0911116834
Catlog: Book (1983-06-01)
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 795312
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Step back in time
If you're looking for an accurate history of Marie LaVeau, or insight into real Voodoo, this is not the book for you. Read "Jambalaya" by Luisah Teish instead.

However, if you want to step back in time to 1950's racism--complete with the N-word--and dark rumors about Voodoo, this is the book to read. Frankly, I was horrified to note Martinez' condescending, sometimes sneering, stereotypes. This book is already in my stack of paper to recycle.

For example, Martinez says that a loincloth is "the customary dress of the Negroes in Haiti, and for that matter, South Africa and most tropical countries." And, he advises us that Marie LaVeau's snake, Zombi, "fed only upon fair and tender children."

In describing Voodoo, Martinez claims, "Marie's rituals were, of course, so outrageously vulgar that children were forbidden to witness them...no person who pretended to be self-respecting could admit that so depraved a performance was enjoyable or even interesting."

But, as another reviewer noted, you can use this book to locate newspaper articles from Marie LaVeau's era. Otherwise, it's a waste of paper, unless you want to see what once passed for a generous and kindly attitude towards people and traditions of African descent.

4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting book...
Overall, I found the information and stories in this book to be fascinating. The writing style, however, is sometimes a bit confusing and jumbled. Martinez does give excellent references to historical sources such as newspaper articles, and his logic in either supporting or refuting some of the legends regarding Marie Laveau are sound. As a collector of occult books, I found this one to be useful for background and history, as well as full of entertaining folk tales.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good little snapshot of some folklore and mysteries of South
After finishing my first trip to New Orleans, I was hungry for more information on Marie Laveau and of voodooism. I found this little book in an airport shop and read it on the flight home. Interesting in a short story sort of way.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This interesting little book was originally published in 1956 and in it you will find the legend of Marie Laveau, as well as a section on "chiromancy" (palmistry) and some folk tales "from along the Mississippi" [river].

While Marie Laveau (1794-1881), "Queen of the Voodoos", was listed as a "free mulattress" in the vital statistics of her day; Mr. Martinez offers up other possibilities for her parentage. With his alternating style of "reporter" or "storyteller", he is careful to point out which "facts" are documented, and where they can be found, as well as giving the names and addresses of the long-dead principals.

The book is well worth it's modest price, if only to be used as reference to look up the various newspaper articles that were written about this mysterious woman, who's name still carries weight in some New Orleans circles. ... Read more


187. Cry, Wolf
by Glenn, Jr. Clark, Jr. Glenn Slade Clark
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Asin: 0738805599
Catlog: Book (1999-11)
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Cry, Wolf is a supernatural saga at the center of which stalks a shadowy werewolf, voracious and malevolent; ironically carried into existence through the purest intentions of a young man who would do no conscious wrong. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
I have read this book NO LESS than 4 times!!!...This is a well written, emotional and thought provoking story that asks questions about mankind we all are looking for the answers to.And the story!It's just part hilarous, part maccob, part visionary and the depths and levels Clark takes you through are page turning adventures!It's a "MUST READ"

5-0 out of 5 stars A different twist on werewolves
I don't usually like horror books, but I found this to be pretty unique; I thought the main character was one dimensional andunrealistic, but as you get deeper into the book there's just plain good story telling going on. The plot draws you in, as it continues to twist and turn on itself. I was also intrigued by the portrayal of the werewolves; definitely different from the traditional giant wolf figures, and eerily convincing. All in all, a good, quick, recreational read that's hard to put down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cry, Wolf
Anyone who has not read this suspenseful, mysterious book is missing out on a spellbinding oppurtunity.......Cry, Wolf is an absolute page-turner! ... Read more


188. The Anne Rice Value Collection : Lasher, The Witching Hour, Taltos (Anne Rice)
by ANNE RICE
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189. BATMAN: THE DOOMSDAY PROPHECY A SUPER POWRS WHICH WAY #4: BATMAN: THE DOOMSDAY PROPHECY A SUPER POWRS WHICH WAY #4
by Richard Wenk
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Catlog: Book (1989-07-01)
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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5-0 out of 5 stars Which Way Batman is great father/son activity
My son and I have enjoyed this book together many times. The story lines are interesting and short enough to keep my sons interest. We read this book over and over and each time it is different. I reccommend this book to any parent with a child that has any interest in Batman. ... Read more


190. The Offering
by Paul Huson
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Publisher: Authors Choice Press
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Black Magic in Manhattan!A young heiress finds herself the unwitting pawn in a horrifying battle of wills between the ancient spiritual powers of Africa.A unique and terrifying novel of sorcery and betrayal set in New York of the 1980s.

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191. Cloud of Sparrows
by TAKASHI MATSUOKA
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-03)
Publisher: Delta
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Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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Once in a great while a new novelist comes along who dazzles us with rare eloquence and humanity, with flawless storytelling and a unique understanding of another place and time. Takashi Matsuoka is just such a writer.

His magnificent new novel, set amid the violence and beauty of nineteenth-century Japan, takes us beyond the epic tradition of James Clavell’s Shogun and into a majestic realm of samurai and geishas, ninjas and Zen masters. Brilliantly imagined, gloriously written, Cloud of Sparrows is at once a sweeping historical adventure and a love story of almost unbearable poignancy. It is storytelling on the grand scale from a novelist of astounding depth and grace.

Cloud of Sparrows

It is the dawn of the New Year, 1861. After two centuries of isolation, Japan has been forced to open its doors to the West, igniting a clash of cultures and generations. And as foreign ships threaten to rain destruction on the Shogun’s castle in Edo, a small group of American missionaries has chosen this time to spread the word of their God. Among them, Emily Gibson, a woman seeking redemption from a tormented past, and Matthew Stark, a cold-eyed killer with one more death on his mind.

Neither realizes that their future in Japan has already been foreseen. For a young nobleman, Lord Genji, has dreamt that his life will be saved by an outsider in the New Year. Widely reviled as a dilettante, Lord Genji has one weapon with which to inspire awe. In his family, one in every generation is said to have the gift of prophecy. And what Lord Genji sees has struck fear in many around him. As the Shogun’s secret police chief plots Genji’s death--and the utter destruction of his entire clan--the young and untried lord must prove that he is more than the handsome womanizer of legend, famed lover of Edo’s most celebrated geisha, Lady Heiko, and that his prophetic powers are no mere fairy tale.

Forced to escape from Edo and flee to his ancestral stronghold, the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows Castle, Genji joins his fate with Emily and Stark, unaware of the dark forces that drive them. Together with Genji’s uncle, Lord Shigeru, a legendary swordsman knee-deep in the blood of his own kin, and the enigmatic Lady Heiko, the unlikely band embarks on a harrowing journey through a landscape bristling with danger--to prepare for a final battle.

Here, on a snowscape stained with blood, horror will mix with wonder, secrets will unravel, and love will duel with vengeance--as East and West, flesh and spirit, past and future, collide in ways no one--least of all Genji--could have imagined.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great book! Can't wait for the next one, Matsuoka-sama!
After reading Musashi, Shogun and Gai-Jin, I was looking for more books on Samurai. I'm glad I picked up Cloud of Sparrows, it is a really good read, it draws you in from the beginning and never lets up! I didn't intend to write a review, but I was so surprised at the bitterness of some reviewers toward this novel and its author that I had to try and bump up the overall rating.
Other reviewers got into detailing the plot and the characters, so I won't do that. Besides, giving up too much will only ruin the pleasure of reading it. Do not let the few who gave it a bad review discourage you, they are too sensitized by these PC times! Life was harsh in the past! As for those who moan about a gunslinger in late 1800s Japan - hey, it's fiction, not fact!
Enjoy this captivating read for what it is: pure escapism.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good debut
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and an excellent inaugural effort by author Takashi Matsuoka.

Though the frequent flashbacks and scene cuts were a bit distracting, the overall story captivated me and I was eager to keep reading further and further.

Lord Genji, Great Lord of Akaoka, as his ancestors before him, has the gift of prophecy. Among other things, he has seen that an outsider will save his life. Coincidentally (or perhaps not?), three Americans have arrived in Japan to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Japan. But are their true intentions to spread the word of God or do they have ulterior motives? At the same time, the Shogun's secret police chief has been plotting Genji's death because of an ancestral feud started centuries ago. Moreover, civil war seems all but inevitable as clans begin to question the Shogun's power and judgment with the impending outsider invasion.

Samurai, geisha, ninja, revenge, love, honor, deceit abound. What's not to like?

I look forward to future works from Takashi Matsuoka and I highly recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not well-researched at all
The thing I liked about Shogun and Clavell's other works was the detailed research effort that went into each novel. I'm afraid Matsuoka doesn't deliver on the same level. He basically co-opts Clavell's Gai-Jin plot and then tries to overlay a real 17th Century Japanese historical event, the pivotal Battle of Sekigihara, onto the late Tokugawa landscape. I'm afraid it doesn't work for me or anyone else who knows history, since the samurai were almost gone by the time of the late Tokugawa shogunate. The same can be said for Stark, the American gunfighter who comes to Japan to hunt down a ruthless American desperado, hiding out as a buddhist monk no less! Ha! Ha! Excuse me, but I just have to laugh at this improbable nonsense. Add to that, Lord Genji's strange psychic abilities and you've got the makings of a good soap opera, or anime movie, but not an historical action adventure. The other reviewers said it best: James Clavell remains the undisputed master of this genre.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Last Samurai and then some.....
I am not disapointed in this book and I am only 30 pages away from finishing it. To those who liked the last Samurai starring Tom Cruise, read this as I find the two to be companion pieces to one another.

What amazes me are the ones who didn't enjoy it. Some of them just expected the wrong thing, while others just do not get it. One reviewer claimed a samurai was honorable and would punish an entire village in blood for failure, or if you will dishonor. Well, think again. In the earliest years of the Tokugowa Shogunate over 50 Japanese-christians were exicuted in one day for following an outsider religion. And it wasn't just men that were exicuted or the adults. If a samurai's orders are to kill, the samurai will kill. Loyality is but a light word to describe the samurai and his relation to the lord being served. Devotion is a better word than loyalty I believe. Samurai epics have a tragic feel for a reason.

And as far as Westerners visiting Japan that was nothing really new. Europeans were visiting long long before the time this novel takes place, hence the exicutions mentioned and the 200 years of closed borders. As it is written anyway in history books I have read.

In short Western version of honor and Ancient Japan's version of honor are at least in part two different things. I do not presume to understand it all myself, that would be ignorant on my part.

Back to the novel itself. It is better than what I expected. I did expect something that would be action packed from page to page. There are action scenes and well handled ones. I feel the author did the right thing not focusing on action through out the entire book. Leaving more room for character discussion. It isn't unlike watching Seven Samurai, Zato-Ichi or Yojimbo. There is alot of Dialogue but good dialogue. I was pleasently suprised that this was a drama rather than some mainstream hack & slash.

The contrast in cultures is well described. the intention it seems to me is that it isn't just meant to be a fictional novel set in history but a philosphical book. Many of the characters compare different thoughts from different views. One character even compares Jesus Christ's views meeting at the same end as Tao I believe. Humble life with peace. Very facinating. It is more than a story, it is an experience. If you let yourself learn from it.

Follow your own heart do not listen to nay-sayers if this book intrigues you. And for further reading, read Musashi.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the followers of bushido only!!
To the "eta" out there who do not understand the mind of samurai, prepare yourself for a misunderstood and violent read. For those who have followed the way for many years such as myself, bow your heads to Takashi Matsouka and simply give thanks for a a job well done. This book is not intended for those who are uninitiated in the way of samurai life or mentality, therefore do not waste your time and money. This book is written for those who can appreciate a good fiction of that time period. For those who are practiced in the arts and understand the mind of samurai, you will not be able let this one go. Do not let the opinions of lesser minds affect your judgement. This is a must have novel!! ... Read more


192. The Vampire King
by Michael A. Martin
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Asin: 192937416X
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Firemountain Pr
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Discover creatures from your darkest nightmares, as a centuries-old vampire attempts to turn a modern metropolis, into his own demonic kingdom.

Read of a werewolf's thunderous rampage; of a phantom carriage drawn by two spectral stallions; of an old man under the vampire's powerful spell, and the quartet of vampire hunters who are determined to forever rid the world of the evil known as -- The Vampire King. ... Read more


193. Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale
by Edward B. Lytton, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton
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Asin: 0766101045
Catlog: Book (1942-05-31)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book, written in 1842, is one of the finest examples of Spiritual Fiction and influenced the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.Divided in seven sections, the fourth, entitled, "The Dweller of the Threshold" is an extremely profound expression of profound occult facts and experiences recognized as true by anyone possessing spiritual insight. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Work of Great Depth and Beauty
This is one of the great masterpieces of occult fiction, astonishing considering when it was written. It was an important influence on the later esoteric movements of the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is usually beautifully written, but does have parts which are a little slow going. The author is also obsessed with the French Revolution, you will actually find Robespierre as a character in the book! The best parts -- the premiere of the opera of the violinist, the description of Mejnour's castle, the Greek island, the calling of Adon-Ai, are unforgettable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic -- required for any student of the occult
This is a beautifully written novel which reveals through the use of storytelling many occult mysteries. After reading this wonderful book, I was surprised to realize how many of my other books make reference to it. Overall, a delightful story with profound implications.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "new age" book without the new age drivel
I have read few books that can artistically work with esoteric content without getting trite, awkward or moralistic. In my opinion, "The Celestine Prophecy" is a figment that should have been left sealed in the author's imagination. "Zanoni" on the other hand is a tale with an intriguing plot that all the while leads the reader into unexpected and profound esoteric content. This is a book I will be returning to read several more times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very mind expanding and thrilling.
Zanoni is a wonderful romance story as well as an eye-opener to the possibilities within humankind. It is not a true story. However it is indeed true in many senses.

5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
This is the first book I ever read that created a symphony in my mind as I read. The images are deep and full. The characters are rich and tormented. It is magical. ... Read more


194. Raga Six: A Novel (Doctor Orient Occult)
by Frank Lauria
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-10)
Publisher: Frog Ltd.
Sales Rank: 860134
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In this installment of the Doctor Orient Occult series, Dr. Owen Orient, the psychic detective, cures a senator’s daughter of a fatal disease and then goes underground to become enlightened. He ends up at a protest, where he meets a psychic child and a bookie. The bookie eventually hires him to deliver a package by steamship, and it is on this voyage that he meets Raga Six, a vampire who has been undead for hundreds of years. He falls in love with her, tries to protect her from evil forces, and hones his psychic powers. After discerning her real identity and witnessing the destruction she causes, he sets out to defeat her magically. Praise for the Doctor Orient Occult novels: “Hypnotically readable.... Frank Lauria has written the most believable vampire and werewolf stories I have ever read.” — William S. Burroughs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Educational, fascinating, & even-handedly informative
Especially recommended as supplemental reading for students of contemporary international studies arising from the current "war on terrorism", 9 Of 1: A Window To The World is a graphic novel style history about a teacher who assigns nine students to interview a variety of people, and in the process they learn an amazing selection of diverse perspectives and ways understanding the world about them. Educational, fascinating, even-handedly informative, and suitable for all readers of ages and backgrounds, this contemplative read accessibly explores the many ways in which humans live their lives in an upbeat and engrossing manner. ... Read more


195. The Pictograph Murders
by P. G. Karamesines
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-15)
Publisher: Signature Books
Sales Rank: 946108
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Alex McKelvey longs to fit in. She doesn't realize that her earth-mother styleâ€"the connections she feels toward the earth and to a certain eerie pictograph panelâ€"set her off from the crowd. Wanting only to enjoy the beauty of the Utah desert, she packs up her gear and her Siberian husky, Kit, and joins an archaeological dig. But when the site's owner vanishes, forces combine to sweep up Alex and Kit in a whirlwind of pot hunting, witchcraft, and murder. Who is that stranger who suddenly appears, styling himself on the folklore figure Coyote? His ability to draw the bestâ€"and the worstâ€"from Alex leads her to the dismaying discovery that the villain she seeks is closer at hand than she had thought. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Pictograph Murders pulls you in during its early chapters of character building supported with intriquing Indian folklore story. The read teases your mind as you become more entrenched in both subtle and overt plot and character twists. By half way through the book you want to cancel other plans and keep reading...by two thirds of the way through you DO cancel other plans and keep reading! I can hardly wait for the sequel, Loon Woman, to come out!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Pictograph Murders
I loved this book!I chose this book for my book club to read last month and we all enjoyed it very much and look forward to the sequel.There are many topics of interest and layers to this book so we had a great discussion.I liked how the character of Alex developed through the book.Tony was positively creepy!The author did a great job with him as protagonist.The Indian folklore throughout this book was enchanting, enriching and extremely interesting.You can tell the author really loves the desert, outdoors, and has experienced life which is all to the readers benefit since we are able to revel in her descriptive phraseology - beautiful use of language!All in all an impressive first book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Rereading
This is a great murder mystery. It could be considered reminiscent of Hercule Poirot, but it definitely stands on its own. Pictograph Murders is set in the American southwest and the desert flavor is evident throughout. If you've never experienced the desert with its intense kind of sunlight, then you might wonder what all the serenading in Pictograph Murders is all about. It's right on the mark. Alex, the main character, thrives on sunlight and this serves as a clue that the book works on many levels of symbolism. Sure, there's a crime scene and suspenseful plot twists. The ending is satisfying and atypical of murder musteries, which is part of the reason why I liked the way it played out. The book is also a philosophical debate, sometimes carried out right amongst the characters. It's a distant mythos turned immediate reality. It could be a horror story masking as a murder mystery. Poirot should wear so many hats!
One thing's for sure: you can't make this book be what you want it to be. Let it keep changing right in front of your eyes. It's not a weakness due to inconsistencies or an author who couldn't make up their mind. It's the book.
I enjoyed this book a great deal! It bears rereading, which is my standard for judging a book. I highly reccomend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Born to write!
Karamesines is an exceptional writer.Her images are vivid and inspirational.Alex, the main character, is wonderful.I was drawn to her and her companion, Kit, instantly.I can't wait to see where Karamesines takes them next.
I was not able to put this book down!I am ready to join an archeological dig today! ... Read more


196. Shapeshifter
by J. F. Gonzalez
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Wildside Press
Sales Rank: 1034569
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Mark Wiseman has been living with the curse for years. He thought he had it under control. He thought he had kept it secret from everybody. Until Bernard Roberts, a powerful, influential man, came into his life. Bernard knows about the curse that runs through Mark's veins. He knows how Mark's parents were killed eight years ago. He knows Mark was officially cleared in their deaths, but is holding the card that could cast Mark as a serious suspect in their murders. And if Mark wants Bernard to keep these things secret he must do what Bernard tells him. He must use his curse to kill. For Mark is a Shapeshifter, a werewolf, who must yield to the primal instinct buried deep within him on every lunar cycle... ... Read more


197. An Opening Act Of Unspeakable Evil
by Jim Munroe
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: No Media Kings
Sales Rank: 291728
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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Ever walked in on a roommate in, uh, the middle of something? When Kate interrupts Lilith's demonic ritual, it's pretty awkward, but it gives her a great idea for a new online journal: roommatefromhell.net. Whether her roommate is unholy or just unhinged, Kate's not sure. But she knows a good show when she sees it, and convinces Lilith to perform her strange ceremony at their art gallery launch -- and then open for a metal band. The kids love it. They take the show on the road, and somewhere along the way Kate's role changes from tour manager to go-go dancer. Touring with a demoness is fun, but Kate can't ignore the creepy people from Lilith’s past that are coming to their shows. And as the rituals get more intense and more bloody, Kate starts to wonder if she’s gotten in a little too deep. It's not quite rock and roll, but she could still lose her soul. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Superheroes for Social Justice
This was a fun read, a fast one, a nice vacation novel. The hero and narrator is a typical college kid and the voice is flawless -- probably because the book is written by a college kid. Exploits, insecurity, humor (sometimes charming in its lameness) and punk rock. I grinned, giggled, rolled my eyes, did all the things a fun little novel should make one do.
Also the distrust of authority that seems to be the watermark of our generation (my 50 year old hippie friend would dispute that). The hero can turn into a fly and his girlfriend can make things disappear. So they become Superheroes for Social Justice. And it's activism, but as activism goes, I'm frustrated. They just pull pranks, like making mailboxes disappear and vandalizing billboards. The kind of "activism" that doesn't really change anything, just annoys the Man and symptomizes basic unrest. But are they for real or are they just restless?
I'm trying to learn to be an activist, and one thing I'm learning is that there's acting out and then there's working for real change. These kids are acting out: that's okay, let the man know we're not all doped on soma. But real Superheroes for Social Justice would be effecting real change.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great, but..
This book had me mesmerised from the minute I started reading it.. it's intellegence with an immature voice, which is an odd combination, but, strangely enough, works with the bizzarre plot. It also has a sense of humour as strange as its plotline, with some dark notes that keep it from completely being a comedy book. I, overall, loved it.. or, what I read of it.
Which brings me to why I gave it three stars instead of five.
I am fourteen years old, and found this in the public library (I read mostly from the adult section.) I had gotten SO into the book, when.. well, you know how most books, when it gets to a sex-scene, cut off right before "it" starts? Well, this book didn't. I immediately put it down (what, you thought I'd be so immature as to keep reading something NC-17, at my age?) And, unfortunately, never got to finish the book. (I WOULD have skipped over that part, but my Mom would KILL me if she found out I kept reading a book that had that in it. Yes, she is nosy enough to find out.)
Moral? Great story for adults to read, but kids an' underage teens, STAY AWAY.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Entertaining
"Flyboy" was a good read. The story moved along nicely until the ending where it feels rushed. I'd desribe the feel of the book as quirky and goodnatured, as are the socialy motivated stunts the superheroes pull. The main hero's sympathy is, by the way, heavily with the left wing. If that sort of thing turns you off, you might be irritated (Most of the political declarations are pretty unsubtle). If not, it's a fun book. (There are several darker sub-plots though. Both those and the lighter ones are left dangling in a few cases however. Nothing was left open enough to the point where it ruins the book but it would have been nice to have some of them wrapped up.)

The casual dialogue does feel kind of stilted, until I tried to imagine it as bantering between my own friends. It works then - it DOES sound very much like some of the exchanges you hear between, say, university aged friends. Unfortunately without the tone to back it up, it doesn't come across as well on paper. Still, there were some nice witty bits. And it has the first four lines of the North American Sailormoon themesong as an epigraph. That alone convinced me to take a look.

5-0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Goodness
Mr. Munroe's book is close to perfect. His characters are true-to-life, the plot is original and fun, and his style is addicting (I read the book in a day). I find the idea of superheroes taking on everyday bad guys (cigarette bill-boards and bawdy newspapers) simply brilliant.
The love story is realistic and touching, without being sappy. And the sub-plot (Hero's mom getting cancer) is also handled brilliantly.
Just an all around good book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bzzzz. Bzzzz.
this kooky book drew me in with it's animated political plot. punk rock girl with super powers and a shy guy with the ability to be the fly on the wall we all want to be. they find each other in love and band together to rid the world of the injustices we all know are out there. the book never loses it's flavor but sometimes the momentum. a quick, enjoyable read. ... Read more


198. The Soul Beyond Darkness
by Scott E. Ebright
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Asin: 1589392701
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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(Please add this description to the PAPERBACK listing for "The Soul Beyond Darkness". All that is shown currently is a Table of Contests.) SYNOPSIS:

Based on true events, this haunting story from the 1970's has never been made public until now...

Forewarned that ghosts may haunt his new residence, Doug Conroy rents the hundred year-old house, anyway. But as soon as he moves in, paranormal phenomena strike without warning and soon escalate into a battle of ‘good vs. evil’.

This ordeal takes place in Marin County, across the Golden Gate from San Francisco. As a newcomer to California's entertainment industry, Doug strives to balance his Midwestern values with the counter-culture pursuits of organic gurus and new-age idealists. Then...his career is interrupted by ominous events that threaten his sanity and...possibly his life!

For readers who want a thrilling, yet believable haunted house story, they will find The Soul Beyond Darkness a refreshing alternative to cliche' horror stories that capitalize on shallow "blood-and-guts" plots. On the contrary, herein lies a suspenseful chronology of terrifying encounters with the dark side of the spiritual realm. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars superb!
The first 2-3 chapters are slow but is definitely important to introduce the characters in the book. Once I started reading it, I can't put down the book anymore. I really enjoyed reading it because of the different combination of everything like a touch of romance, a little bit of comedy and especially the good part,the thrill,horror and suspense.This book will definitely keep your imagination active.I sure dont want to missed another book like this of Scott Ebright.More power and God bless!!

Theresa B. (O.A.C)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Soul beyond Compare
Yes, I liked this book. I finished reading it in under 24 hours. That is a compliment all by itself! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend it to anybody who likes a good believable ghost story; however the first three chapters are slow but interesting. Then, the story really grips you and demands you continue reading it to find out what happens next. You can't put it down. I found the characters to be everyday people that you can empathize with and I would read more books by this author if and when they become available.

5-0 out of 5 stars The first real good story I've read in years.
First real good story I've read in years.
I was very, very impressed with this story. I liked many aspects of this story. It was more than a typical horror story. Also, this is a book somebody can read and enjoy without the vulgarity found in so many other books. I recommend this to anyone like me who hasn't had time to read alot of books, but when I do, it had better be good!

5-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! Couldn't put it down!
I read this book during a week I was supposed to be studying for final exams (4th year broadcasting major). I just kept on and on, reading one chapter after the next because everytime I tried to stop thinking about this story, it kept coming back into my head so I couldn't concentrate on anything else. This book was a lot different than any other mystery or horror book I ever read. It was very suspenseful without being extreme or gross like most of those other books of the same genre. Maybe that's because this was a true story. Anyway, I liked everything about this story - especially the characters. The author (Ebright) seemed to know just when to change scenes or add a little levity here and there so I wouldn't get too worn out by the heavy subject matter of ghosts or demonic entities. It seemed to be a good balance...I was hooked into reading the whole book within two-a-half days! And the surprise I discovered was that unlike any other scary book I've read, this one left me feeling more positive about myself and my own spirituality. (Incidentally, I used this book as a basis for my semester project to adapt a book to a one hour screenplay.)

5-0 out of 5 stars a mystical adventure
this is the human experience on all the levels. it was one of the best books i have ever read. bravo! ... Read more


199. Grave Intent
by Deborah Leblanc
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Catlog: Book (2005-07-30)
Publisher: Leisure Books
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200. The Town That Didn't Exist
by Pierre Christen, Enki Bilal, Pierre Christin
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Humanoids Publishing
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