Cosmic Egg Books
8 out of 10
I have to admit that normally I am not a huge fan of “alien invasion” type novels, but I found that Mr. Albertsson was an amazing author when I read and reviewed his first (nonfiction) book, and was more than willing to give this one a try. I’m glad I did—the book has a great plot and, at the least for me, had really good characterization. I found myself deeply involved in what was happening to each character and actually caring about how events unfolded around them.
Dena Anderson is a wonderful main character—she is a strong woman, and I appreciate that, as far too often women become secondary, weaker characters that are more part of the background than part of the driving force of the plot. The aliens have destroyed the world we know; seeing not just the how humanity will rebuild but IF we will be able to do so, reaching beyond what we are to what we need to become, is handled quite well. I’m personally hoping for a sequel… if not a few more books in the series; there are some loose ends and ideas left to explore and I will be there, eagerly waiting to get back into this universe.
The Trickster’s Hat
10 out of 10
My first step into serious Mail Art (making amazing things to send out into the world to others – in my case, there was an amazing exchange I did with another mail artist that included having a de-stuffed stuffed animal mailed without a box, and a plastic coconut filled with confetti… my mailman adored me, he did) were Nick Bantock’s amazing ‘Griffin & Sabine’ series. It was a haunting love story done via letters, cards and all sorts of mailed items that were actually part of the story themselves. Not just an amazing read, the ability to open envelopes and pull out letters that were part of the text added an extra dimension to the enjoyment of the books.
‘The Trickster’s Hat’ is not fiction, but a wonderful collection of exercises and ideas to get your creativity to the next level. Some of the exercises are simple and can be done with a pencil and a pad—some require trips out of the house and a lot of gathering and construction. All of them, even if you just read and dream how you WOULD do them will make you pause and look at your world a bit differently, and that is the important thing. Learn to see the world in another way, learn to try something you think you cannot do, learn to leap rather than sit back and you change a bit for the better. The book is great; you are greater still and together, you and this book will do some wonderful things.
I’ve read many “comprehensive’ books on faeries and most cover the usual English/Welsh mythology. If you’re lucky, you’ll find those that expand a bit into French mythos. This book is NOT one of those; this book is exactly as named, that being WORLD Folklore. It is comprehensive enough to be considered a must-have to anyone who studies mythology.
There is not a massive amount of information on each sort of faerie, but enough is given as a starting point and the amazing bibliography can be used to find more information on anything in the book. It is set in alphabetical order according to the name of the faerie, and finding the information you need is easy—that is if you are not me and stop along the way to check out other entries that catch your eye as you are on the way to the entry you were looking up.
All in all, I consider this an important volume to anyone who studies folklore, mythology, or is just a lover of Faerie. Your library will thank you for its addition, and you will look to it often.