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this page you will find a miscellaneous selection of books - personal
favourites and recommendations from the Hybrid Studios community.
They are displayed in no particular order, just a selection of top-notch
Green Witch: A Modern Woman's Herbal Barbara
Griggs : An excellent book crammed with herbal remedies and uses
around the home and garden -remedies for common ailments such as
headaches (and these really do work! I now swear by them), fending
off a cold, relieving a hangover, general wellbeing, advice and
remedies for women problems and pregnanay, a complete herbal first
aid kit, with a section devoted to remedies for children, remedies
for fighting off the mosquitos, and much much more.... including
the best flea remedies I've come across : if you've got cats or
dogs you need this book!! The
Green Witch: A Modern Woman's Herbal is an essential book
to have around the house, and Griggs' writing is brilliant - filled
with personal stoies and remedies, this book "offers practical
advice, recipes for aromatic mixtures and natural remedies and shows
how to use the power of plants. It includes sections on wild food;
spices; the sweet-smelling home; fragrant herbal baths; natural
secrets of beautiful hair and skin and herbal remedies for adults
and children." Well worth buying!!
& Associated Weirdness Lloyd Robson : a brand
new collection of poetry, prose & visual texts from renowned
Cardiff writer (and Hybrid Studios member) lloyd robson.
"a high velocity selection of robson's writings from the last
ten years. handled with impeccable tone & precision, bbboing!
blows away structure & form; bounces into & out of emotion,
commotion, travel & abandon with a linguistic dynamism, humour
& depth. passages of snarling psychotropic vision interweave
with poetry of sensitivity, intelligence, sadness & wit. an
unremitting celebration of voice & language. an outrageous,
exhilarating funky feast...."
Other books by Lloyd Robson include Cardiff
Cut ["innovative, hilarious, exhilarating, remarkably
astute... delivered with a sandpaper sense of humour this frantic,
sometimes savage eruption of chaos & poetry will leave you exhausted...
truly unique... great stuff!" melanie daley, big issue
cymru magazine "the nearest we have to a novel celebrating
the city of cardiff in all its vulgarity... if we hear an echo of
joyce's ulysses, that's all to the good" meic stephens,
western mail ] Edge
Territory ["exuberant... i loved the energy of language
& the sense of place, displacement & history captured in
these texts... definitely a writer to watch" gordon
wardman, poetry quarterly review ] Letters
from Sissi - a prose-poem based on a week's holiday in the
village of sissi on the island of crete
Alchemist Paulo Coelho : I can read this book
over and over and over, and it still doesn't lose its magic - everyone
should read this book!
review by Amazon.co.uk : Like the one-time bestseller Jonathan Livingston
Alchemist presents a simple fable, based on simple truths
and places it in a highly unique situation. And though we may sense
a bestselling formula, it is certainly not a new one: even the ancient
tribal storytellers knew that this is the most successful method
of entertaining an audience while slipping in a lesson or two. Brazilian
storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalucian shepherd
boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids.
And so he's off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.
Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming
forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one
of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men
who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would
free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left
would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually
meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship
clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening
him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it
will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one
night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the
suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "And that no
heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because
every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and
with eternity." A review by Amazon.co.uk
More with Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Joss
Whedon : If you've not seen the musical Buffy episode yet just what
have you been doing?!? One of the best modern musicals around -
made all the more accesible to those who wouldn't dream of watching
a musical by the excellent characters all Buffy fans already know
- and all the more impressive and watchable considering that these
aren't all trained singers. One of the best musical soundtracks
to hit my stereo - so damn catchy! (the poster is funky too!!) Well
that's enough enthusing from me - here's a review from Amazon, just
in case you need that extra convincing - which I'm sure you don't...if
you have any taste at all :0)
of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are used to seeing its creative team
pull off unique feats in every season, but Once More With Feeling
is perhaps the most creatively challenging episode so far. A superbly
enjoyable pastiche of old Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows,
it finds an all-singing, all-dancing demon descending on Sunnydale
intent on making the town's inhabitants free their innermost secrets
through song. As a pivotal episode it proves a turning point for
many of the characters, and as a unique piece of TV it's quite clearly
unrivalled. There isn't a bad song among them and it's hard not
to turn demon-green with envy that show creator Joss Wheedon, who
wrote and directed this episode, can be so sickeningly talented.
It doesn't matter that some of the cast are less then blessed vocally,
but stand-out performances from James Marsters (Spike) and Amber
Benson (Tara) help carry along the weaker voices. This book is fan's
dream with a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how the episode
came about, the complete script, photographs and even the music
sheets should you wish to try the songs from the comfort of your
Steinway. This is a worthy and essential companion to perhaps Buffy's
finest hour (and eight minutes) yet." Amazon.co.uk--Jonathan
Our Actors (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Dori Kogler,
Ashley McConnell : One for all Willow and Spike fans - yay!!
Book Synopsis - "Stage fright takes on a whole new meaning
as Willow joins a theatre group and finds herself taking part in
a truly hellish drama... The past couple of years have seen Willow's
Wiccan powers develop to an impressive -- and potentially dangerous
-- level, as viewers of Buffy Season Six will know. But even the
most confident of witches has her deepest secret fears, and Willow's
have always involved performing on stage in front of an audience.
In her near-fatal dream sequence in the crucial Season Five episode
'Restless', it was this fear that enabled the Primal Slayer to enter
her consciousness in order to destroy her as she slept. So when
Willow decides to join the UC Sunnydale Drama Group in order to
master her fear, it's a major step for her to take. But forgetting
her lines or corpsing on stage soon turn out to be the least of
her worries, as the drama that's being enacted on the hellmouth
is most emphatically no play. With Spike as her unexpected ally,
can Willow take a leading role or will she die -- for real?"
the Threshold of Liquid Geology:And Other Automatic Tales
Eric W Bragg : "A seductive collection of stunning, psychological
prose-poems executed in an improvisational style. A contemporary
example of surrealist expression" This modern collection of
surrealist prose-poems was inspired by the improvisational method
of automatic writing, popularized by the International Surrealist
Movement. From one brain to another without any literary rules or
standards, the words in these automatic writings are not just words,
but rays of subconscious illumination that peel away the various
layers of the "civilized," western psyche, one by one....
Child Celia Rees - Witch Child is a fascinating story told
in the pages from of a journal, following Mary's journey to America
after she flees from 17th Century England, and the perils that surround
her in a world of mistrust and suspicion. I couldn't put this book
down, a fascinating and thrilling read - and it's not just for young
Amazon Review : "She was locked in the keep for more than a
week. First they walked her up and down, up and down between them,
for a day and a night until she could no longer hobble, her feet
all bloody and swollen. She would not confess. So they set about
to prove she was a witch...
Mary's grandmother is executed for witchcraft, and Mary is forced
to leave her home to avoid the same fate. At first she flees to
the English countryside, but when the atmosphere of superstition
and suspicion becomes all consuming she leaves on a boat for America
in the hope that she can start over and forget her past. But during
the journey, she realises that the past is not so easy to escape.
Witch Child is a complex, absorbing novel, told in the form of pages
from a journal found loosely sewn into an old quilt many years later.
From the moment the story begins, the tension is tangible, and the
reader is drawn into a world of mistrust and uncertainty that shakes
to the core. All this is cleverly conveyed through the eyes of Mary,
whose first sense of wide-eyed wonder gradually develops a mature
understanding of her situation, drawing the reader in to a dark
and dangerous world where the tiniest slip could mean death.
Celia Rees, always a fine writer, tackles her subject with serious
and sensitive aplomb, bringing together a sense of history with
an extraordinarily powerful and thrilling story that is unforgettable."
Amazon.co.uk Review--Susan Harrison
Celia Rees : In this stunning sequel to Witch Child, the story
of Mary is continued through the spiritual journey of Agnes, a Native
American Indian - a fascinating story, beautifully written!
Amazon.co.uk Review : "Celia Rees's Sorceress is the bewitching
sequel to Witch Child, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's
Fiction Prize 2001. In the first novel, a young English girl called
Mary flees 17th-century England when her grandmother is hung, accused
of being a witch. She sails across the seas to America where she
begins a new life with a community of Puritans. But as the history
books show, this was no safe place for a young witch, good or bad,
and when Mary's past is exposed she is cast out into the wilderness.
Her diary is abandoned and the reader is left not knowing how Mary's
story ends but wanting more.
Not one to disappoint fans, Rees returns with a sequel. In Part
II, the story is taken over by a young modern-day historian called
Alison Ellman and a Native American Indian called Agnes, who realises
that there is a spiritual link between herself and the long-dead
English girl. The pair track down the truth of what happened to
Mary, each in their own way. But it is through Agnes that Mary's
story truly unfolds as the girl goes on a spiritual journey of self-discovery.
In a trance-like state, she becomes Mary. We learn of her marriage
to the Indian warrior Jaybird, their children and the suffering
of her people when war comes. Rees combines superb storytelling
with factual history to enchanting effect, leaving you captivated
until the very last page" Amazon.co.uk.--Nicola Perry
Chronicles Boxed Set Anne Rice: this boxed set includes
the first 4 books in the Vampire Chronicles - Interview with the
Vampire; The Vampire Lestat; The Queen of the Damned; & The
Tale of the Body Thief.... I'll be posting a review in the next
week or so - just far too tired at the moment to do these books
will also be adding reviews for the following two books from Gene
Brewer : K-Pax and
the sequel K-PAX
II: on a Beam of Light (and I'm off to purchase a
copy of K-Pax
III: The Worlds of Prot) The first two K-Pax books were
stunningly brilliant - can't wait to read the third!!!
Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living Dalai
Lama, Howard Cutler
"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with
the Dalai Lama and really press him about life's persistent questions?
Why are so many people unhappy? How can I abjure loneliness? How
can we reduce conflict? Is romantic love true love? Why do we suffer?
How should we deal with unfairness and anger? How do you handle
the death of a loved one? These are the conundrums that psychiatrist
Howard Cutler poses to the Dalai Lama during an extended period
of interviews in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living. At
first, the Dalai Lama's answers seem simplistic, like a surface
reading of Robert Fulghum: ask yourself if you really need something;
our enemies can be our teachers; compassion brings peace of mind.
Cutler pushes: but some people do seem happy with lots of possessions;
but "suffering is life" is so pessimistic; but going to
extremes provides the zest in life; but what if I don't believe
in karma? As the Dalai Lama's responses become more involved, a
coherent philosophy takes shape. Cutler then develops the Dalai
Lama's answers in the context of scientific studies and cases from
his own practice, substantiating and elaborating on what he finds
to be a revolutionary psychology. Like any art, the art of happiness
requires study and practice--and the talent for it, the Dalai Lama
assures us, is in our nature" Amazon.co.uk Review--Brian
Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic Marian
Green : one of the best books available for those interested in
the path of a lone witch, taking you through 13 moons of practice,
with projects, tasks and a 'further reading' section in each chapter.
Well written and very informative!
Review : "Written for serious practitioners, Marian Green's
Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic guides those
who wish to learn the "old religion" without the aid of
a coven. Densely written in serious tone, Witch Alone is nonetheless
an inspiring and poetic read. Exercises at the end of each chapter
are designed to take a full 28 nights to accomplish, and are designed
to progressively lead one on the path to success. Worshippers of
the goddess and those interested in exploring the deeper aspects
of their own soul will find this tome deeply informative, but for
the neo-pagan committed to learning solitary witchcraft, Witch Alone
is a must-read." Amazon.co.uk --P Randall Cohan --This text
refers to the Paperback edition.
Other books you may find interesting by Marian Greene
Gentle Arts of Natural Magic: Magical Techniques to Help You Master
the Crafts of the Wise
Witchcraft: A Guide to Natural, Herbal and Earth Magic
Witchcraft: The Timeless Arts and Crafts of the Country Witch
An absolutely stunning book on the moon is one by Elen Hawke
to the Moon : Magic and Myth of the Lunar Cycle - a wonderfully
written book, featuring many lunar goddesses, rituals, spells and
invocations for each moon phase, and useful information on circle
casting, moon gardening, moon deities, astrological signs, the impact
of eclipses, moon lore and so much more...
Datebook 2003 Various Contributors : lots of
information for every witch - including moon phases, astrological
positions, and the wheel of the year etc...
Witch's Book of Dreams: Understanding the Power of Dreams and Symbols
by Karri Allrich : leaning to the Jung side of dream psychology...
Dark Moon Jane Hishfield :" Translations
of selected Japanese poems by women of the ancient court of Japan
are accompanied by explanatory note"
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