DEER ANTLER RUNE NECKLACE GIVEAWAY!!
i’m feeling generous again (and it’s officially summer), so now’s the time to do another giveaway.
i am currently going to give away two (2) deer antler pendants, burned with a rune or symbol of your choice. the pendants will come strung on hemp, cord, string, or leather.. winner’s choice.
here’s what you do to win:
1. you MUST be following this blog. i will check.
2. reblog this post.
3. send me an ask telling me what summer means to you. (this is just to ensure i give the pendants to real people, and not just giveaway blogs.. also to make sure you were reading).
oh and reblog as often as you want. likes do not count.
this particular pendant that is pictured has been sold, but i can happily burn another othala pendant if the winner would like. ;)
i found varg vikernes’s knife at the local flea market..
and a kindly middle aged lady sold it to me.. and i told her i would write her name in the liner notes of my badger black metal band’s first album, and she just laughed and said “please do!”
now all i need to do is burn some stuff and drive 4 hours in the middle of the night to have a “talk” with my friend…
In attempting to offer the followers of this blog more than just pretty pictures, I currently endeavour to read and review works on the subject of magick, paganism, and alchemy and in this manner to hopefully divine some personal and spiritual conclusions and to help those who are lost or seeking knowledge, and who may not know where to start.
The world of paganism and magickal literature is fraught with badly written and horribly published drivel, and I seek to weed out the bullshit, and to highlight iconic truth.
I pre-advise my readers and followers to take everything I say with a grain of salt as I do have my own brand of humor which may seem snarky to some, hilarious to others, and downright offensive to most. I also am 26 years old, female, Canadian, and someone who has spent a good deal of my life reading books (literary and non) and I can smell bullshit a mile away.
I have nothing personal against Varg Vikernes, or Burzum, or even heavy metal, so if I jest, I jest in good humor. And for those about to read, I salute you.
Varg Vikernes, “Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia”
A Review by Robin Goodfellow
Allow me to preface this review by stating that I quite enjoy Burzum, the one man band from Norway that pioneered the “black metal” sound, and also the controversy surrounding the troubled man behind the name. Varg Vikernes was tried and convicted in 1993 of burning three Norwegian churches to the ground, and also for the seemingly unprovoked murder of fellow Mayhem bandmate Oystein “Euronymous” Aarseth, whom Vikernes stabbed numerous times in the face, neck and chest. Vikernes was strongly implicated in the burning of the ancient Fantoft Stave church in Norway but there was not enough evidence to convict him, however so the charges were stayed. Drawing from what I have learned about Vikernes as a person and a musician through his music, various interviews and from the 2009 documentary entitled “Until the Light Takes Us” which focuses on Darkthrone and Burzum and the sordid beginnings of the Norwegian black metal scene, I have come to understand that Vikernes as a polytheistic pagan, who severely embraces the Norse pantheon and holds extreme contempt for Christianity and the destruction and persecution of pagan European cultures at the hands of Christians. Vikernes was convicted and given 21 years in prison for his crimes and served 16 of those years despite a botched escape attempt. He refused prison sanctioned work, and instead devoted his time to researching his beliefs, posting on his website burzum.org, and writing excessively on the subject of his own personal beliefs. He is quoted in the aforementioned documentary “Until the Light Takes Us” as saying “it is like a stay in a monastery” on the subject of his imprisonment. Allow me to jump in here, because Vikernes is very very far from joking, and the fact remains that he is all too serious, and the resulting brain child magnum opus from this monastic stay in what appears to be the cushiest prison I have ever seen personally, is a book called “Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia” written by Vikernes during his stay in the maximum security penitentiary in Tromoso, Norway. As a reader, and general literature snob, I ordered the book once it became available and now I endeavor to review it for you my readers. I will preface this review with my credentials, those being a B.A. in English literature with a minor in Fine Arts, and also a degree in health care (I am a registered HCA). What does this mean? Not really much of anything to be honest, other than that I have read extensively and am able to examine many things in a very objective manner… Where bullshit exists, I will call out bullshit. I approach this review with much trepidation, but for the sake of curious bookworm metal heads out there, I proceed..
Allow me to begin with the book itself; two versions of Vikernes’s book were released in December 2011, one being a regular release and the other slightly more expensive, limited run with a white leather cover/slipcase. I chose to go with the economically sound decision and ordered a regular copy. Allow me to interject and state that I had to order this book from a heavy metal t-shirt and album distribution website as VIkernes did not release the book using conventional means (surprise!). On first examination the book looks and *feels* like a journal one might purchase at a fancy bookstore, you know the ones where you pay $17.99 for a *really* fancy but totally blank book to put all your thoughts in. I was so struck by this journal comparison in my mind that during my reading of the book, I often feel as if I am reading the journal of Varg Vikernes and that is not always such a good thing. As with most books written on the subject of paganism, many fall into that hapless category of appearing excessively goofy, while attempting at the same time to seriously write about gods, goddesses, spells, and ancient magick.. The rule of thumb in my opinion would be that if your book is already about a Dungeons and Dragons like subject, please avoid trivializing it further by adding to the stereotype. The inside of the book has each page regretfully bordered in a kind of Celtic knotwork, and I was immediately suspicious. There is a prologue, also written by Vikernes in which he states in a rather backward manner that his book is not researched and rather it is a “hypotheses” and he goes on to say that he draws his ideas primarily from two sources, those being, “The Golden Bough” by Sir James Frazer (I am acutely familiar with this occult text, but I will get back to that) and another text called “Fedrekult i Norge” (“Ancestral Cult in Norway”) by Otto Emil Birkeli. Due to my lack of the ability to speak or read Norwegian, I will allow Vikernes whatever rights he choose in using the latter mentioned text as a basis for his work, but my familiarity and great respect for “The Golden Bough” is not something to be trifled with, and I remain suspicious of what is possibly in store for me during the reading this book. Vikernes also asks that readers forgive him grammatically, because he is not a native English speaker and it is of note to state that the English translation of the book is written entirely by Vikernes, and this is where one must start to give some props to the man because all too often, amazing books end up poorly translated by an overpaid underworking translator (please see Hebi ni Piasu by Kanehara Hitomi - known in the English realm as Snakes and Earrings) and much of the actual literary magic, so to speak, goes straight out the window. The props I give to Vikernes in writing a book in a second language are short lived, as he states boldly,
“Academics tend to disregard every book written without references to specific sources. This book is probably such a book, but I have to defend it by saying that I cannot list sources when the ideas are my own, the interpretations my own and the conclusions my own. You only need an open mind and common sense to appreciate the contents of this book, and hopefully this means that a few academics as well might appreciate it.” (page 7)
On behalf of my cynical, jaded and ultimately bitter mind, allow me to ask, WHAT THE SWEET FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT VIKERNES?! First of all those who are endeavouring to read books on the topic of paganism, witchcraft and the occult, likely already have an open mind or they wouldn’t be reading about said subject in the first place unless they happened to be the self flagellating Christian type who need to get all fired up before some hell and damnation sermon in the deep South and chose to read selected passages from various occult texts beforehand. I am slightly offended that Vikernes asks his readers to use common sense in approaching his work because what is the alternative to that statement really? Would you specify that only the criminally insane read your work? Perhaps only people exhibiting sexually deviant behaviour should read your work? I am offended because the statement is such a paradox in itself - let’s ask readers to use common sense in acceptance of this work, but also ignore the fact that there are virtually no sources available to the reader as further reading, background reading, and thus we are taking Vikernes at his word, for the entirety of the book. I assume that many of Vikernes’s readers are the heavy metal type who may or may not be familiar with what the hell he’s talking about, and may or may not have read the “The Golden Bough”. Though I am very appreciative of a contemporary musician drawing heavily on the theological ideas in the occult text, “The Golden Bough”, because it is such an obscure text, it also causes me to wonder how Vikernes got his hands on a copy or if they just have strange occult books handy in the libraries of Norwegian prisons, because my copy was obtained second hand at the used bookshop I work in and is a “new” edition from 1959 - allow me to add that though this book was published originally in 1890 that the bastard contains sources, MANY sources might I add, so I’m not sure if Vikernes is choosing to not do his homework or if he is relying on the extensive work that went into “The Golden Bough” to light his way, which if you look at it from a scholarly point of view is plagiarism and thus null and void. In the crappy small town University I obtained my English degree from, anyone caught plagiarizing was expelled from said course in which previously mentioned plagiarisim took place and put on Academic Probation, and because I know no further standards to base my criticisms on, and also the fact that this book appears as the journal of a sixteen year old goth-girl, I place Vikernes under “Academic Probation” so to speak.
I am further angered upon turning into the first section of the book, in which there is a woodblock drawing from an unknown artist, credited as from an unknown artist.. So what the fuck then, was Vikernes just saying fuck it to standards and chose the tackiest illustrations that the public domain had to offer and went with that option? I am quit certain that to some of you I sound overly critical, but the reality is that there’s a difference between a book and a book report and I am growing quite sure that this book of sorcery is in the book report category, but read on.
I will hand some medal to Vikernes in that the first few chapters of the book are brief and to the point summations of points found in “The Golden Bough” and this is helpful because like I mentioned previously, the book is not in excessive circulation and some of the text can be confusing to a lay person who would pick it up… Actually I think if any regular Joe from the street picked up The Golden Bough they would assume it was the Necronomicon and probably have a coronary, but thats my opinion and I’m fully entitled to it.. Maybe it is the fact that people still to this day refer to me as a “witch” or a “shaman” in all seriousness with the eye of newt malarkey, mumbo jumbo donkey skull hedgewitchery. I’m not kidding. All that aside, and akin to my book report argument of before, Vikernes clearly and concisely demonstrates to his readers what is necessary to understand the primitive ideas of “magick” and spell casting. a very concise and real example is as follows:
“When he in everyday life made different tools out of flint small sparks appeared and fell to thr ground, just like the lightning did from the sky. He therefore assumed that this was what happened in the sky as well; mighty spirits struck huge stones against each other, so that lightning occured and hit the trees igniting them” (page 10)
Primitive and tribal magic is so embodied in that statement, and found quite frequently in many cultures - the Cave paintings of Lascaux, France come to mind as it has been theorized that the paintings were “spells” meant to imbue the hunter with the strength to catch the animals they painted, and the will to overcome the animal energy with their own. The chapters continue illustrated with various black and white images that are sourced at the site in the text but only so far as to say who had drawn them originally and not to say where they had been found, what text they had originally been in. Over the years of study I have pursued I have found that placement is everything, and I am left curious as to where these images came from, and in some cases what their original titles were. To say simply, “Romantic Image of the Norns” is not to actually cite the title, but to give a new one made in haste - it is sloppy and I am still left curious. To mention also that some of the illustrations are poorly xeroxed and badly grainy is an understatement but I did opt with the inexpensive version of the book so I will avoid complaining about that.
Section 2.0 is worth noting in particular because it explains a Bronze Age calendar found in Sweden that is apparently the most accurate calendar of antiquity but with a lack of citation and sources for this annoy me. I enjoy his translation of days of the week, however into their Norse and proto-Norse names:
Sunday - Sunnadagr - Suntudagaz
Monday - Manadagr - Manadagaz
Tuesday - Tyrsdagr - Tiwadagaz
Wednesday - Odinsdagr - Wotanadagaz
Thursday - Torsdagr - Tunadagaz
Friday - Frjadagr - Frijodagaz
Saturday - Laugardagr - Laugadaz
I did not know that Wednesday in Norwegian was “Odhinn’s Day”, this brings a whole new meaning to taking Wednesdays off I think, and I think it should be agreed by all heathens that Wednesday is a day of magick, knowledge and sacrifice - it’s hump day for a reason folks.
The day names also go on to give “house” names to each of the thirteen months present in this Bronze Age calendar and all I will say is that I find it interesting to celebrate a god or goddess each month to refer to that celebration or month being in “their” house. I wonder how this would translate now? This also calls into curiosity my understanding of the astrological houses which are named for planets who are named for gods, which makes me wonder if we can find firm connection with the Gods into the astrological personalities of those born under their signs, or present in their houses - and example being, well I’m a Gemini but I have Mars in my fifth house so I’m a tad competitive and warlike? Is it possible to reduce astrological “science” into personality traits from myths and stories? I will investigate this further and report back.
I am disappointed that the following sections are just a Vikernes based retelling of Norse mythology, which is interesting for the read, but at the same time being familiar with the stories from the Norse pantheon, I am not amused at having to read them retold to me and this further makes me question - who is Vikernes aiming this book at? I couldn’t imagine it to be the lay person but he speaks with extensive summary and paraphrasing in a way that makes me wonder if he hopes the lay person may read it. I am curious if Vikernes is pandering to the audience of metal heads in explaining these topics to them, but as a rule most metal heads are at least somewhat familiar with the Norse pantheon, and identify strongly with vikings as strong brutal drinkers of distilled liquor. I am certain at this point that he is not writing for my crowd, because although I find this book interesting and will likely order and read any other works of Vikernes he publishes in the future, I am not held captive by it, and I am not inspired - in truth all I’m really inspired to do is build a time machine and somehow grasp spatial and time relativity, and go back in time and thank Sir James George Frazer for writing such an interesting book and actually bothering to do some research. I know things can be tough out there but a little homework and attention to detail never hurt anyone, right? Furthermore if as they say, the devil is in the details, the Vikernes should duly take note.
The mythological retelling by Vikernes, ends abruptly and segues into an explanation of several festivals and holy days for Ancient Scandinavian people but I find myself confused - one moment it was story time and now it’s more explanation and various trivial factoids one can find inside any Witches calendar - Llewellyn publishing puts out a great Witches alamanac and date book every year. I know this because I have and use both on a regular basis, and I wonder if Vikernes does as well.. Remember what I said earlier about feeling like I was reading his personal journal, or alternately his personal spell book? It still stands.
Of note in this section, for all you pagan marrying types - Noatan (July), has a sacred day devoted to weddings, that being the 13th, so if you’re planning a heathen wedding, that would be the day. I am making notes in my Witches datebook right now. I’m not kidding.
As this summation of important days and events and sabbats continues, Vikernes touches on the day called, Bjornevak, or “Bear Wake” which falls on the 8th of August and is like the Viking version of ground-hog day, which I found incredibly amusing, because ground hogs are gross little rats, and it seems much more manly to wake a grumpy bear, but that is just my opinion. In truth I won’t really be surmising each and every one of the days that Vikernes writes about because I would like to avoid having this review become a book report. For those of my readers who are interested in what all Vikernes says about the special days, then I duly advise to order this book.. nothing he has written in the past section of the magickal year is new or anything you can’t find on a witches almanac, it’s interesting but nothing special.
However, the next section of the book is Vikernes’s own interpretation of the runes, based on his beliefs, and translation of them. He gives a chart of the runes and goes into detail regarding each one. Again, i won’t be giving too much away about what he says because this is truly the work his readers came to read. Vikernes does well in his translation and interpretation and fleshes out the runes in ways I have not seen in previous books regarding runes and rune magick. I am all the more interested in this because of my respect for Vikernes as a musician and as a person. I may have been a touch hard on Vikernes for his rather unscholarly book report on “The Golden Bough”, however the review of the runes is a true saving grace and is only bested by the following section, so read on.
The following section is a review of the first poem of the Poetic Edda called the “Voluspa”, and in this Vikernes actually translates the full fucking Voluspa in its absolute entirety. He prefaces this amazing translation in saying that he translates so as not for the words to sound or look poetic but for the verses to be as literally correct as possible which beats several books I have on the subject of the Poetic Edda which butcher the translation in order to provide poetic meter. This section of the book is quite long and quite involved, and again this is what Vikernes’s readers are truly after - at least in my opinion. I quest and long to know more about Vikernes as a person and in order to understand him, the reading of this is paramount - if anything this demonstrates how fucking seriously he takes this task, and how very passionate he is. I am also unwilling to highly detail or document his translation because of how actually impressed with it I am and how anyone who cares should actually order his book simply for that alone. If we combine the translation of the Voluspa with his interpretation of the runes, I would have ordered a novella just to read those (and also to spare myself from the former drivel that I ranted quite passionately about). The book in itself is still peppered with shoddy looking images that could easily be replaced or simply not there and the book would look better if only because of the pre-dominance of “Romantic” age interpretations of the gods and goddesses of the Norse pantheon and though the images are alright looking, they would look better in color, fully cited or like I said previously - not there at all.. They quite resemble something from the book “A Regency Lady’s Faery Bower” and though that is also quite the book, it’s rather flowery and not what I think of when “War” by Burzum goes through my head.
Though I have already apologized to the best of my ability for putting Vikernes through the ringer as far as his structure and choice (or lack there of?) of images to accompany this work, I find myself becoming annoyed with statements like this one:
“Much of the symbolism of the myth of Valholl is quite obvious to us when we know as much as we do at this time” (page 103)
I know it is not just the inner Bachelor of Arts coming out, when statements like this rub me the wrong way, and I also know that Vikernes is writing in a foreign language so I will only say, that statements like this endeavour to cover up when an author has little to say and acts as a kind of literary filler. In truth I find that especially when writing about the subject of paganism, sorcery, magick, or occult ideas, saying less is actually saying more – statements like the one quoted previous offer filler but readers came for solid fact, not senseless pandering. I would like to make plain that I really enjoyed Vikernes’s personal translation of the runes, and the Voluspa, and that those translations could stand alone without the filler and would likely look more polished – it seems far too frequently that this book was under edited and that some revision would do it all the world of good it needs to come across smoothly and succintly – however, knowing Vikernes as I do from his interviews and works I can only assume that any revision would be an affront to what message he believes he is telling to his readers, so all in all, these recommendations I have are written here for me and me alone. I only ask that any readers or potential readers of this book go out and actually buy it, and come to your own conclusions regarding its subject matter. There is real magick to be found in this little volume, but as to where one finds it, only Odhinn knows.
As we get to the final pages and section of this book, Vikernes cites the cave paintings of Lascaux France as support for his earlier hypotheses of early spells and sorcery (which I had already mentioned earlier, so yes Vikernes and I are on somewhat the same page at least as far as his ideas go). I am still overly annoyed by the now excessive use of the romantic images of Norse gods and am finding difficulty with the seemingly lackadaisacal clip art feel to them.. If we’re to be frank here, Vikernes spent 16 years of his 21 year prison sentence working on this magnum opus and in that time he couldn’t have found (or better yet CREATED) better images that would more easily represent his ideas without Victorian frippery and nonsense.
One of the final sections is about the ballad of Ivarr Ellison, which is a Christian medieval norwegian ballad telling the story of a young man avenging his father’s murder with some friends mounted on horseback, and Vikernes interprets this ballad as being analogous to the tenents of the Norse pantheon and an imitation of the events of Ragnarok, with the son being born again as Baldr was with the turning of the yearly wheel. I am not of any Norwegian descent so I am unable to comment on how I feel about the ballad in any depth except to say that Christianity was a clever force in adopting pagan ideas from the ‘heathens’ the Christian faith sought to convert, and what better way to get people to follow you then to repackage their ideas for them, and call it your own? For those who have never heard murder ballads, I link you to this interesting piece sung in the telemark dialect, so click here to listen as it is quite interesting for those who have not heard Norwegian sung in ballad form (I know.. it’s fucking frightening that Norwegian is more than just scary metal.. REVELATIONS I SAY!!!).
The closing section of this book explains the fairy tale of Cinderella and how in the original Scandinavian version Cinderella pleads with her stepmother to go to the ball and is told if she can separate a shovelful of grain from the ashes she sleeps and works in, in under two hours she can go to the ball, and she enlists the help of some pigeons to complete her task… this sounds a touch odd doesn’t it? One moment we’re romping through Bronze Age Europe singing magickal songs and learning rune magick and drinking mead and then we somehow end up in the nursery.. I bid thee cruel fates to explain thusly our predicament! In a disjointed manner, Vikernes touches on the true origin of fairytales and explains that a Scandinavian tradition was to place a pot of seeds beside the body of someone deceased to keep trolls from inhabiting them and leading their undead corpses off to a life of blood drinking and night time revelry because “trolls are quite stupid” (page 116) and would be too busy counting the seeds and would forget about indulging their baser desires..
Well.. I have to say that I had never thought of Cinderella in that way, but I did once take a Children’s Literature class and learned that the Frog King fairytale is all about a girl losing her virginity somehow, and also how Little Red Riding Hood is a tale about female liberation.. So I won’t be too quick to dismiss whatever the hell Vikernes wants to say about fairytales.. Fly at it, I say, because in truth I would love to read a volume of fairytales as told by Varg Vikernes, and perhaps a Burzum concept CD on the same topic.. Who knows? That could be next. I’d buy it. Vikernes closes his work by criticising the Judeo-Christian concept of the world, and how if things had remained European world centric that society would have been shaped differently – which is all true, though I am unsure why Vikernes felt that underlining this point was necessary. However, for all of the readers who got totally lost in the somewhat disjointed ramble that was “Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia” there is a name index to accompany the work and does aid in explaining some of Vikernes’s more vague ideas.
So in all, what do I say here? Should I tell you to buy the book? Seems like a good place to start – buy the book. It is actually worth it, if only for the sake of novelty. I implore those with any interests in vikings, Scandinavia, Varg Vikernes, Burzum, Norwegian black metal, to go and have a read, because surely it won’t hurt, and the book is moderately priced. Do I think this book should be taken as gospel simply because Varg Vikernes happened to write it? No, absolutely not. Is the book dismissable? Not at all. I feel that this book is a great starting off point for someone perhaps not so versed in the Norse pantheon or even in what sorcery actually is – and no I’m not talking about the Teen Witch type sorcery you’ll find at Chapters or Barnes and Noble – all of the sorcery found within Vikernes’s mind is much much older and far more primitive. I recommend that anyone with an interest in these matters to read the book, but to be wary of it, because it also has some.. not untruths but base paraphrasing which becomes obvious once a reader understands how convinced Vikernes is of his own supposed genius, and how desperately he would like his readers to understand his ideas as he understands them. In truth I found much of the book to be poorly written, disjointed (constantly jumping from one seemingly unrelated thought to another without any notice or connecting phrases for the reader to enhance a smoother understanding of the work) and peppered with flowery images that could easily have been replaced. A fact remains that Vikernes translated this work himself, from his own knowledge, and that is what makes the book (and Vikernes himself) remarkable – the pain he goes to, to demonstrate his point to his readers, and the diligence and reverence he has for his translation of the Voluspa and for his interpretation of the Elder-Futhark rune script and it is for those reasons alone that I implore anyone to buy the book.
At the same time I want to say that though Vikernes has done something completely amazing with his translations, I also have to remark that much of the book before and after these translations reads like a bad book report done on “The Golden Bough”, and because of this, I implore anyone reading this to actually locate a copy of this magnificent work and draw from it your own conclusions. I am just a hedgewitch who has done a lot of reading, and I am also only mortal, and I base my conclusions on the reality I inhabit, which is to say that my reality may not completely mirror yours, and thus my conclusions may not mirror the ones someone else draws from these works.
So in closing, buy the book, READ IT, don’t take it too seriously, BUY THE GOLDEN BOUGH.. READ THAT, and always.. always.. ALWAYS question everything. Through questions we learn, provoke and grow.. and who are we but beings meant to grow? Expand your minds, expand your consciousness, read books for fucks sake.
Also, please don’t steal these words and claim them as your own.. it’s not funny, and it doesn’t make you look intelligent. Do feel free to quote me, but not too much, because then I might end up irrelevant.
Do feel free to criticize, send me hate mail, dirty pictures, death threats, Burzum lyrics, poetry.. I love mail. ;)
Stay tuned to this blog for more reviews in the future.
and to gently close out the evening and say good night to my friends on tumblr, i give you me.. with angels. thats right. motherfucking angels, bitch. just you say i ain’t rollin’ cuz i’m rollin with jeez-us and in his name.. we rock?
sorry i trailed off there. ah well, time to go continue my varg vikernes book review. nothing gets me wanting to read crazy like talking about jesus.
varg vikernes’s latest volume of anecdotal but not legitimate in the slightest a.k.a POTENTIALLY CRAZED RANTINGS arrived the other day. i am suspicious of it from the very get go, and i am off to immerse myself in the fair weather viking mind of this madman. a review to come, with pictures.
i feel this book looks much like a small girl’s diary from your local bookstore, but at the same time he’s pulling heavily off the masterful occult volume entitled The Golden Bough which is really a must read. however, i remain suspicious of this work, and having read nothing previous of varg’s assorted in print rantings.. i have however listened extensively to burzum, and read a great many interviews with the man. i regard him as so right in many ways, and that is why i am delving into the heart of the beast, so to speak.
let me also add varg vikernes much surely think that any readers of works regarding ancient scandinavia must be complete assholes to not know or have a brief understanding of the runes, because he goes through each one by one.. and i am looking all too forward to what he may or may not say regarding them. i’m terrified.
…also on my to read list and only because i dug it out of a discount bin at the local chapters is Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr. faeries. magick.. teen romance.
in general (and i speak broadly here) crappy faery-porno books are infinitely more entertaining than crappy vampire-porno books. if you’re looking for a break from reality that doesn’t come with the complete book of Mormon, and a full frontal lobotomy, i recommend Melissa Marr, Julie Kagawa, Holly Black. and to anyone following this who is too hard for some nice sexy romance trash lit.. then i feel sort of bad for you i think. i mean if you think some faery man is going to light a portal through the veil and into this realm and give you the blasting of a lifetime while pouring faery wine down your throat and onto your heaving bosoms, then you’re probably mistaken… bummer for you.. but i suspend my disbelief long enough to read trashy romance from time to time.
nothing soothes newly shorn rage and sorrow like the crazed rantings of my fave black metal musician - varg vikernes. his new book, entitled “sorcery and religion in ancient scandinavia” was just released in december, and it just came in the mail today. can’t wait to finish reading it.. i will post a review once i do.