Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious.
And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over! But there’s no way Nosewise is Stay!ing when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it! Nosewise’s hilarious escapades and steadfast loyalty get him and his companions through King Arthur’s Dark Ages.
In giving us "Futhark, " the author re-initiates us into our heritage, explaining the mysteries of a profound system of thought and practice which underlies our developing Western culture. Both the spiritual heritage of ancient runic lore and the practical steps we can take to draw on rune power are present in "A Handbook of Rune Magic." This complete book of rune instruction includes rune history and lore, its basis in metaphysical thought and mysticism, complete definitions of the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, and the etymology, phonetic value and interpretation of each rune. The reader is shown how to perform chants and rituals using runic energy, how to sign and send runes, and given suggestions for runic meditation. The author's presentation of this powerful system is lucid and profound, and provides a valuable tool for spiritual transformation and self-development.
The newest master of 67 Clarges Street--that good address in London's fashionable Mayfair--is a single gentleman, the handsome, rich, and notorious rake Lord Guy Carlton. After years of fighting in the wars against Napoleon, the dashing lord is determined to kick up his heels with wine, women, and song, undeterred by appalled reaction. Never before have the Clarges Street servants earned so much money or eaten so well, but their pleasure-loving master seems liable to die of dissipation. In desperation, the staff, led by the witty and resourceful butler, Rainbird, sets out to find a 'good woman' who can calm the lord's boisterous spirit and save his black soul. Their search ends with the discovery of Miss Esther Jones of Berkeley Square, a prim and righteous woman who seems the perfect reformer.
But complications lie ahead as the servants' ingenious scheme creates warmhearted chaos both above and below the stairs at 67 Clarges Street, and no one, not even Miss Jones herself, is prepared for the transformation that ultimately takes place.
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive. Shades of Magic series 1. A Darker Shade of Magic 2. A Gathering of Shadows 3. A Conjuring of Light
The authors of "The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming" make a good job at painting a picture of their own lucid experiments and drawing tentative conclusions that may be of use to other lucid dreamers.
Especially their suggestion theory of dreaming may be judged as the most progressive and promising theory of dream creation. This suggestion theory of dreaming proposes that dreams bear no psychological insight whatsoever and goes so far to state that dreams are of no use at all: They are just by-products of other sleep processes that may be responsible for the storage of experiences in long-term memory or a like. The authors explain this proposal with the fact that after making sure dreams couldn't be acted out by creating sleep paralysis, there was no evolutionary gain in further limiting this activity. If there is no purpose in dreaming, why do we still do it? The explanation given in the book is that our dreams are the result of a mind not confronted with sensatory perception anymore: The mind simply creates imagery to fill this hole and to make this imagery fitting it draws on several so-called suggestion factos such as random activation of neurons in the brain, knowledge about the last percepted situation, momentary real-world perceptions breaking through the barrier of sleep and much more. The revolutionary thing about the suggestion theory of dreaming is that it accounts for all the experiences of all dreamers and that it also is able to explain why nearly every other dream theory has numerous experienced dreamers stating it to be true: If you believe in a dream theory, according to the suggestion theory of dreaming, this belief is enough to make it come true, because the belief is one of the several suggestion factors. Having shown that there theory of dreaming is a promising candidate for solving the mystery of dream creation, the authors set out to explain the conclusions they drew from it: They deal with the fact that most advice on why and when (not) to control dreams is based on superstitions and false notions of the dream state and state that there is no damage done in doing whatever you like in a dream. Probably the best thing about this book is the insights that are waiting around every corner in this book, ranging from dream control to what to expect from your memory in dreams. The next part of the book deals with common dreams and explains how they are not the result of certain neurosis or psychological illnesses, but rather are to be expected if one believes in the suggestion theory: They are the result of suggestion factors such as going to bed naked - if you go to bed naked and find yourself naked in a dream, the reason should be obviously far more simple than having an obsession with nakedness or something alike. For people really interested in the theories of dream creation, the chapter entitled "The Functions of Sleep and Dreaming" is a real treasure trove, dealing in depth with ideas such as the activation-synthesis argument and giving an overview on the possible psychological and physiological reasons of sleep. If you have a more practical interest in the topic, this chapter could make you a bit tired. The reason I am subtracting a star from the rating of this book, follows in the form of the chapter with the most promising title, namely the "Uses of Lucidity": Having read only Stephen LaBerge's opinion on the topic, I expected the authors to explain that now, with their suggestion theory of dreaming, they have more or less scientifically proven that anything is possible in a lucid dream - as long as you remember it's just a dream and still are able to believe in the possibility of achieving your goal. But instead they focused on how lucid dreaming really is not a good goal to have as it's not "cost-effective" and benefits will not transfer to your waking life. I agree with the authors' opinions on most of the matters discussed in the chapter (how can anyone believe in mutual dreaming?), but the very way they are talking about them makes me sad: Having fun in dreams happens sometimes, but might do more damage and will certainly don't do any good, and most lucid dreams are dull anyway. That's just not a way to talk about lucid dreams, because according to their own theory of dream creation the very fact of people reading about dull lucid dreams will make them dull. This chapter is so much of a desillusion, which I'd normally welcome, but it is kind of a forced desillusion, because it will most certainly have influence on the lucid dreams of the readers - if it has, that influence won't be positive. In a nutshell, Janice E. Brooks and Jay A.
Vogelsong did what no author before them was able to do to such an extent: They have lucid dreaming a scientific basis and created a theory of dreaming that seems to encompass all the different phenomena connected with lucid dreaming and nonlucid dreaming. Most unfortunately, in their endeavour to propose a scientific sound theory of dreaming, they overdid it: The suggestion theory of dreaming may be right, but the conclusions the authors draw from it are certainly biased. So as a finaly comment on the book, I'd like to quote J. K.
Rowling: "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
This one collects the final issues of Marvel’s MAX version of Jessica Jones adventures and while I’m sad it didn’t last longer I also realize that all good things must come to an end. Or in superhero comic books it’s more accurate to say that one good version of the title has to come to an end and then start up again in another version. Brian Michael Bendis saved the best for last in which he concludes the character arc for Jessica as well as giving us her origin story via flashbacks, and we also
Mansfield Park encompasses not only Jane Austen’s great comedic gifts and her genius as a historian of the human animal, but her personal credo as well—her faith in a social order that combats chaos through civil grace, decency, and wit. At the novel’s center is Fanny Price, the classic “poor cousin,” brought as a child to Mansfield Park by the rich Sir Thomas Bertram and his wife as an act of charity.
Over time, Fanny comes to demonstrate forcibly those virtues Austen most admired: modesty, firm principles, and a loving heart. As Fanny watches her cousins Maria and Julia cast aside their scruples in dangerous flirtations (and worse), and as she herself resolutely resists the advantages of marriage to the fascinating but morally unsteady Henry Crawford, her seeming austerity grows in appeal and makes clear to us why she was Austen’s own favorite among her heroines.