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Reverend Mother has commented on (6) products.

The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches) by Anne Rice
The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches)

Reverend Mother, January 12, 2015

While Anne Rice's writing style is usually too gushy and overly emotional, I found that this book has quite a bit less of that, and that the story itself is good enough to mitigate what there is of it. For Rice fans the Talamasca is familiar and the best part of this book is their study of the Mayfair family that spans centuries. The story is complex and suspenseful and full of great characters. This is the only Anne Rice novel I kept when thinning out my book collection and I highly recommend it. There are two sequels that aren't quite as good as this one.
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Plains of Passage Earths Children 4 by Jean Auel
Plains of Passage Earths Children 4

Reverend Mother, March 20, 2013

This was not a good book. Auel spends pages upon pages describing vast grasslands, vistas, mountains, rock outcroppings, and migrating animals. It seems endless. In between these long, "plain passages" (sorry :)) is the same story told over and over and over to each settlement Ayla and Jondalar encounter: how they came to travel with tame animals. This incredibly boring book could have been a pamphlet. Don't waste your time. Read the first in the series (Clan of the Cave Bear), which was great, and be done. None of the others compare, but this one was the worst.
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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany

Reverend Mother, March 20, 2013

A Prayer for Owen Meany has the best first line of any book I've ever read, and it only gets better from there. Owen is a perfectly unique character in literature; he looks, acts, and most of all, sounds strange. He's even stranger when compared to the narrator, who is about as exciting as a wet firecracker. Several times I laughed out loud. I also cried a couple times. I'm not a huge John Irving fan (I disliked a couple of his books and flat out hated one of them), but this is one of my favorite books ever.
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Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
Mary Queen of Scots

Reverend Mother, March 20, 2013

Lady Antonia Fraser has done an extraordinary amount of research for this book and it's extremely well written. She read every letter, communique, and published work of the time, even if it wasn't in regards to the people about whom she was writing. The result is a fully fleshed out and intricate portrait of Mary and all the satellite figures before, during, and after her reign. Fraser shows us a child sent to a foreign country at the age of six; a wife and a widow at fifteen; a monarch and country torn apart by civil and religious strife; and finally a prisoner for the last decades of her life. Most of us are used to hearing about Mary via the gossip and paranoia of the Elizabethan court, but this book was written with empathy and understanding for Mary and she becomes much more than the "papist witch and pretender to the throne" she's always portrayed as. It's a final irony that Mary's son, James VI of Scotland, succeeded Elizabeth and became James I of England.
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Mythic Tarot
Mythic Tarot

Reverend Mother, March 20, 2013

For people who are familiar with Greek mythology this is a nice deck. Each card in the major arcana contains a figure from a well known myth in a setting appropriate to the message of the card. Each suit in the minor arcana, excepting the face cards, are a story from myth: Cups are the story of Eros and Psyche; Wands are Jason and the Argonauts; Swords are the story of Orestes; and Pentacles are about Daedalus. The face cards are, like the major arcana, are from various myths. The artwork is beautiful and meaningful, and the book is nicely descriptive. I find I'm able to glean great meaning when doing readings with this deck.
I also suggest the workbook for beginners.
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