Thoughts on 2 Books #7

Hey y’all!  Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?  I didn’t get to blog like I thought I would this week, but I think I can squeak these 2 brief reviews in just under the wire before I hit the road.

I already posted these reviews on Goodreads.  If y’all’re interested in reading either of the synopses, just click the linked titles below.  And if you’ve read either of these books, I’d love to hear what you think in my Comments section.  You know, way down yonder at the bottom.

high magick

High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices that Saved My Life on Death Row by Damien Echols, audiobook, read by the author.  Rated 3 of 5 stars, ‘liked it’, on <i>Goodreads</i> and shelved it there as how-to, nonfiction, & spirituality.

Not too many years ago and only after a very long, intense, and difficult struggle, I relinquished all my superstitions including belief in the existence of any form of spiritual or otherworldly realms, planes, or beings. So my initial intent, not long after listening to Echols’s introductory chapters and getting into his detailed instructions on the practice and application of magick, was to quit listening, give up on the book, and rate it as a 1-star did not finish.

But that would not have been fair. In relinquishing my own belief, I determined never to disparage others for their beliefs, no matter how strange they may seem to me, as long as their beliefs seek to do no harm. Clearly, Echols’s beliefs and the manner in which he practices magick seek not only to do no harm but actively to do good to and for others and to encourage nothing but love, respect, and care for all beings, our environment, and the world at large.

Echols has a very pleasant reading voice and style. He is intelligent and erudite, and there’s no denying he believes passionately in what he’s teaching as well as in the existence and efficacy of magick. If you are a spiritual seeker, you’ll probably find High Magick interesting and intriguing. If you’re already a believer in magick but haven’t yet had much experience with it, you’ll find this to be an accessible introduction to its history as well as a useful guide for some of its basic practices and applications.

song of the orphans

The Song of the Orphans (The Silvers #2) by Daniel Price.  Rated 3 of 5 stars, ‘liked it’, on <i>Goodreads</i> and shelved it there as fiction, novel, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, series, & suspense.

Many of the complaints I had about Book 1 of this series, The Flight of the Silvers, remain true (and in spades) in the (much) longer The Song of the Orphans, but damn it, I just can’t help but like it anyway. Yes, it’s juvenile. Yes, it’s ridiculously repetitive. And oh my goodness YES the dialogue and wordplay are often laughable, stilted, or fall flat.

But it’s a fast-paced thrill ride through one perilous adventure after another. The entire premise and the story’s underlying, ultimate mystery are compelling enough to keep me reading because I’m eager to see how Price is going to resolve several paradoxical quandaries, and I can hardly wait to learn the solution of the epic’s ultimate mysteries.

I have a helpful tip for those of you who, like me, keep having to come up with convincing reasons not to give up on the story of the Silvers: stop thinking of this as serious, high quality, literary sci-fi and consider it instead as an entire, unillustrated, comic book series. Just sit back, relax, and have fun with it. Call it a guilty pleasure.

Y’all take care and read a lot this weekend.  Don’t forget to drop me a line to let me know how you’re doing so far this year.  Have you read <i>High Magick</i> or <i>The Song of the Orphans</i>?  If you have, what’d you think?

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