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kidneyhawk
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06/11/2006 7:22 pm  

Although it's only November, I thought it would be both fun and interesting to get the tally of what folks felt was the Best Book they've read this Year (an old stand-by, a new release, fiction or non-whatEVER). Was it Thelemic-or even occult? Comments would be cool but even just posting the title would make an interesting list of what has been moving and powerful this year to those on Lashtal...


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06/11/2006 8:07 pm  

The Cantos by Ezra Pound.


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06/11/2006 9:33 pm  

I love this kind of topic, I rather enjoyed these:

new release

Sinister Forces, vol 1: the nine by Peter Levenda

and an oldie but goodie

The Illuminatus trilogy by Robert A Wilson & Robert Shea

...was a conspiracy laden year for me.


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06/11/2006 10:46 pm  

Journey to the East by Herman Hesse

Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche

Freedom from the Known by Krishnamurti (OH LORDY THE FALSE WORLD TEACHER!!!!)

Bhagavad Gita by dead hindu people (all you stars need to read this one, in my opinion. Especially chapters 2, 3 & 6).


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07/11/2006 12:08 am  

Has to be Kenneth Grant's "At the Feet of the Guru".

For me, years ago when I first read Crowley it was my earlier reading of basic Theosophical writings that provided an introduction to eastern mysticism that allowed me to understand The Beast when all my neo-pagan friends found him a complete mystery.

"At the Feet of the Guru" is an excellent example of Thelemic writing that doesn't bang the Thelemic drum loudly but tell's you all you need to know, if you can make the rather easy connections.


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07/11/2006 12:09 am  

I would have to say one of the very best books I've read this year was Zos Speaks! I really enjoyed 'Remembering Aleister Crowley' by Kenneth Grant as well.

I'm very taken with reading letters, diaries and biographies so both of those books did well to hold my attention.

I'm only half way through 'Liber Lilith' but i'm quite sure this is going to be in my top three books of the year. A dark, fascinating, mysterious tale! I only got 5 hours of sleep last night because I just couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend those of you who have not purchased this book yet to do so before they are all sold out. Be forwarned though, this is one of those books that your friends will want to borrow and then you'll never see it again! 😉

93 93/93

Kym


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07/11/2006 12:19 am  
"adonia444" wrote:
I'm very taken with reading letters, diaries and biographies so both of those books did well to hold my attention.

You'll love the three new additions today to the Downloads section from PS.

There's a nice version of the AC-Frieda Harris letters, and two volumes of letters from and to Frank Bennett.

Wonderful stuff!

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07/11/2006 12:42 am  

You'll love the three new additions today to the Downloads section from PS.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention Paul! 😀

I will most definitely go and read those.

93 93/93
Kym


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07/11/2006 1:41 am  

If I have to choose a book that was also PUBLISHED this year, I'd choose "Existence. Austin Spare 1886-1956" that was compilled by A.R. Naylor.

But if I can choose any book I've read this year, then probably the one that touched me the most would be Ernst Junger's "On Pain" (I actually don't know if it got translated to English, I've read it in Spanish).
It's an essay written around 1930 that explains why Nietzsche's Superman is dead and that his life has been very short... and that the modern myth is the man-machine (it was only after reading this book that I've been able to think "now I can get what was Ballard having in mind when he wrote books like Crash", but it also helped me to understand better some ideas that Antonin Artaud included in his "To have donde with the Judgement of God"... of course, it also made a song by Kraftwerk sound a little bit more sinister). I think he's an extremely clever person.


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07/11/2006 2:03 am  

93,

I'd like to second the Bhagavad Gita recommendation.

The only one I feel I can really add was technically written last year. It's Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was passed over for the Booker Prize, which is a crime, and is great if anyone's interested in contemplating the value of human life, and being really really depressed in the end.

Awesome.

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- Shangren


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07/11/2006 2:30 am  

That in me that still cannot say clearly "93 Tiny Tim" just sees this thread as so much more bollocks! Many good things I have read this year, none of them "best" ever, even for the year. Listing is gross. Trite indeed. Call me mean minded....probably true but I yearn for something beyond this, even in irony. Sorry, I should just not have posted on this one.

All the best...


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07/11/2006 3:38 am  

Listing is gross

So is Cthulhu!!! But that doesn't stop me from listing...

"Against the Light" by Kenneth Grant

with the close runner up:

"Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magickal Diary" (ed. James Wasserman)

In all fairness, I've read a number of essays, articles and even posts here on the site which have had a big impact on me-a lot of stuff I've gotten my hands on about Michael Bertiaux has been wonderful. The essays under "Typhonian" on Peter Koenig's website have been printed out and bound up into a little "book" which I'd list, for sure. "Burrough Satyr" also! Dog gone it, that's more than just one book!

Sigh.

93, Tiny Tim!

Kyle


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07/11/2006 4:09 am  

The Resurrection and the Life by Brian Keene


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07/11/2006 5:02 am  

I've read a great deal of Thelemic literature this year, especially since I had never heard of Thelema or even Aleister Crowley until I stumbled across his bio on the Internet in January of this year. Although I've read many great books by Crowley, DuQuette, some of Grant and their contemporaries, I'd have to say that the book that most inspired me this year would be A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I learned the possibilites of willpower and how everyone has it in them to change their life for the better, no matter how bad things may seem to be. Drug addiction - or any addiction for that matter - is a terrible and often tragic battle. I mean, just look at the life of Crowley... There was someone with such a strong Will and probably the greatest Magician to live, but he died fighting the uphill battle against Opiates, Heroin in his case (along with other drugs). It was just something he could never conquer. James Frey on the other hand was able to overcome his substance abuse problems by the sheer power of his Will - while everyone was telling him that he didn't stand a chance as long as he didn't confine to the guidlines outlined by his treatment program and "Alcoholics Anonymous". His memoir proved everyone who was against him wrong, and to this day he's still going strong - and drug free. In my opinion, that's a perfect definition of Magick! As Lon DuQuette says, "I can change only one thing with Magick - myself!"


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07/11/2006 10:43 am  

It's difficult for me to pick a "best" this year, although The Tao & the Tree of Life by Yudelove was influential, but so were all the other books on Taoism I've been reading.

As far as most enjoyable, like adonia444 I am fascinated with biographies of occultists, and really enjoyed DuQuette's My Life With the Spirits. The Unknown God and Strange Angel were probably read last year but I enjoyed both immensely. And now reading the Jane Wolfe issues of Red Flame, which suffer from sort of outdated writing style on the part of P. Seckler but still have a lot of interesting behind-the-scenes information.

Dittos, Paul, on pointing out the new stuff in the downloads section. I think it would be helpful on the home page to have something more than "New" on some of the menu items... usually I only become aware of exactly what's new by reading a posting on one of the forums... or maybe these new additions could be included as short news items? Or maybe I'm just not using the tools already available...?

nick


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07/11/2006 11:55 am  

I really enjoyed 'The Unknown God' & 'At the Feet of the Guru' this year, but my favourite has to be the novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon about a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. I was very moved by this book.


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07/11/2006 1:06 pm  

If they ever start shipping it, I think the Book of Abramelin - A New Translation might be my book of the year


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07/11/2006 2:18 pm  

I just finished "A Choir of Ill Children" by Tom Piccirilli. Not my usual fare, but I couldn't put it down.


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lashtal
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07/11/2006 2:57 pm  
"papanick" wrote:
Dittos, Paul, on pointing out the new stuff in the downloads section. I think it would be helpful on the home page to have something more than "New" on some of the menu items... usually I only become aware of exactly what's new by reading a posting on one of the forums... or maybe these new additions could be included as short news items?

That's a good idea, Nick.

Look out for some exciting diaries and letters later today - I'll announce additions to Downloads and Reviews sections as News items in future.

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07/11/2006 3:07 pm  

well, as for me i've enjoyed a lot of books this year, but most of all i like
"11 minutes" and "The Devil and seniorita Prim" by Paolo Coelho
and "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by Nietzsche

i reccomend this books to everybody i didn't read it!
good luck to everybody!
Maria Sikkert


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07/11/2006 3:44 pm  

This year best book would be:

Viridarium Umbris by Daniel A Schulke

Convolvolus by Kenneth Grant
At the Feet of the Guru Kenneth Grant
The best inspiration have I got from reading Rev. Bertiaux old book: The Voudoo Gnostic Workbook.

Fraternally,
Mr. Jakobsson


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07/11/2006 4:07 pm  

Convolvolus by Kenneth Grant
At the Feet of the Guru Kenneth Grant

I was going to put both of these down as well but I was trying to keep it to THE most interesting book of the year. (as in one book) As it were I put 3 down anyway, LOL. I DO have to reiterate 'Convolvolus' though. I re-read this book several time and my 12 year old daughter even read one of the poems to her 6th grade class, an age- appropriate poem most assured. 😉

the novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon about a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. I was very moved by this book.

This was an unexpected post! My agency used this book as a central theme for an inservice that was held. (I work with people with develomental disabilities Arcturus418). I agree, a very moving sweet book.

DuQuette's My Life With the Spirits.

Yes Nick, this is a wonderful book! I laughed with every turn of the page. I really appreciate DuQuettes humor and humility. Whether you're old school magick or a newbie I think this book is a must read for everyone living a magickal path. I'm glad you put this book down Nick. Makes me want to re-read it AGAIN.

93 93/93
Kym


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07/11/2006 4:31 pm  

There have been some fantastic books this year and my bank manager will be having tentacled kittens when he sees how much I have been spending. My favorites so far have been

At the feet of the Guru
Hidden Lore
The Complete Magicians Tables.
Veridarium Umbris

I do have very high hopes of adding Liber Lilith to that list and hope to start it this evening.

cheers Paolo


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07/11/2006 5:20 pm  

- M.E. Warlick's 'Max Ernst & Alchemy'.
- Kenneth Grant's 'Aleister Crowley & The Hidden God'.
- Lucienne Peiry's 'Art Brut: the origins of Outsider Art'.
- Richard Steinitz's 'Gyorgy Ligeti: Music of the imagination'.


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07/11/2006 5:25 pm  

93!

I thought a lot about this, there are so many wonderful books in my life and it is hard to pick one. So I thought I cheat a little. Most entertaining as easy reading: Bret Easton Ellis: Lunar Park; Most interesting and informative: Kenneth Grant: At the Feet of the Guru; Best book as in visually terrific: Robert Ansell: Borough Satyr; but probably best book as in "best written": Aleister Crowley: Golden Twigs. In my opinion this book - although inspired by another - shows Crowley at his height of mastering language. Wonderful. I had it for years, but just read it this September. Recommended!

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empiricus
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07/11/2006 11:28 pm  
"kidneyhawk" wrote:

Listing is gross

So is Cthulhu!!! But that doesn't stop me from listing...

"Against the Light" by Kenneth Grant

with the close runner up:

"Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magickal Diary" (ed. James Wasserman)

In all fairness, I've read a number of essays, articles and even posts here on the site which have had a big impact on me-a lot of stuff I've gotten my hands on about Michael Bertiaux has been wonderful. The essays under "Typhonian" on Peter Koenig's website have been printed out and bound up into a little "book" which I'd list, for sure. "Burrough Satyr" also! Dog gone it, that's more than just one book!

Sigh.

93, Tiny Tim!

Kyle

Great stuff. Keep listing and posting. "93 Tiny Tim"!


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08/11/2006 12:12 am  

I thought 'Viridarium Umbris' is an amazing book, it opened my perspective to the magickal forces which permeate and support the environment in which we live.

Also, 'Liber Lilith', will be up there, which I have been reading over the past two weeks. So far, I have found it refreshing in the sense that it has renewed my vigour in the zohar...just the first few chapters of the grimoire cover the generation of Samael, Babalon, Lilith and the blind dragon etc. etc.....which refer to the subtle occult anatomy of the astral light in an allegorical sense. This grimoire has really opened and refreshed my mind into grasping the qabalistic and zoharic dynamics of the structural components of the astral light...it is a difficult book to follow, and will need to be studied in greater detail. I am very excited about this new book, and it is just fantastic to have something decent magickally to read.

Charles


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