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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Brân Gannaid » 29 Oct 2013, 09:06

The High King of Montival by Stirling. I've enjoyed the "Change" series, especially the pagan references and the post-apocalyptic setting that resulted from a magical event. This book is weaker than some in the series, yet still engaging, and since I know the characters well, it's interesting to see what happens to them.

Actually, I've been reading only a few pages at a time at bedtime, and even that's been sporadic because I like to listen to the Gwersi instead!
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Fire oak » 29 Oct 2013, 16:30

Have just finished Dance of the Stones by Kenn Day. It's about a shamanic road trip in France and Cornwall.
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Postby kukl » 04 Mar 2014, 22:23

Feral. By George Monbiot.
Modern life and intensive agriculture are incompatible with nature. This book is a recipe for setting things right.
Reintroducing wolves into the U.K? Yes please. :)
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Postby Kiara » 05 Mar 2014, 17:16

I just finished "Your Soul's Plan" by Robert Schwartz. I found that I agree with quite a bit in this book. Highly recommend if someone wants a different view of "why are we here".

Just started "The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries" by W.Y. Evans-Wentz
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby jninuk » 09 Mar 2014, 19:46

Feral. By George Monbiot.
Modern life and intensive agriculture are incompatible with nature. This book is a recipe for setting things right.
Reintroducing wolves into the U.K? Yes please. :)
Feral is on my to read list at the moment, heard Monbiot talking about it on the radio ages ago but just haven't got round to buying it yet.

I'm also right behind the reintroduction of wolves!


I'm reading 'The Wild Places' by Robert Macfarlane at the moment which is a great book where the writer travels in search of the remaining wild places in the UK. Some of it is really magical, would fully reccomend it. (and his newer book 'The Old Paths')
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Postby Snægl » 13 Mar 2014, 23:29

K. Hughes. 2012. From the Cauldron Born. I've been working through the cauldron ritual since Samhain of 2013 and have found it incredibly moving thus far.

R. McAdow. 1990. The Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers: A Guide to Canoeing, Wildlife, and History. This one just lept out at me from the shelf of the local library, as I'd been wanting to learn more about the waterways around my home. Turns out my landlady even knows the author!
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Brân Gannaid » 19 Mar 2014, 07:32

"Meet the Friendly Dulcimer" by David Cross.

I was given a mountain dulcimer for my birthday this month after showing an interest and some aptitude while playing a borrowed one.

OBOD's Bardic Grade has been a fantastic blessing to me. I've really expanded my experimentation with art and music and am loving it! It's like someone left the door to my cage unlocked! :)
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Branflakes » 14 May 2014, 02:28

"Meet the Friendly Dulcimer" by David Cross.

I was given a mountain dulcimer for my birthday this month after showing an interest and some aptitude while playing a borrowed one.

OBOD's Bardic Grade has been a fantastic blessing to me. I've really expanded my experimentation with art and music and am loving it! It's like someone left the door to my cage unlocked! :)
Dulcimers are fantastic instruments! My brother has played one for a couple of years now (unfortunately, he's limited his musical abilities to Christian hymns. Not a bad thing in general, but not much variety otherwise). It seems a simple instrument once you get the hang of it!

And I know exactly what you're talking about! Even though I'm primarily busying myself with the Ovate Grade, the Bardic is always in my heart, and it was such a big inspiration (go figure!) to my musical journey. It's really fun to let go and let yourself discover and create!

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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Brân Gannaid » 16 May 2014, 08:07

I've been reading a novel, "Suspect" by Robert Crais at the recommendation of a friend. Very different and a bit violent, yet very rewarding read.

I've also been reading different books on druidry and wicca, including the ones that come with the Druidcraft Tarot and the Witches Tarot. I have a collection on my Kindle now.
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Postby Branflakes » 17 May 2014, 00:58

I just finished Ronald Hutton's "Blood and Mistletoe," and now I feel like I have to finish all the books I've started but haven't finished. So now I'm working on Mark Townsend's "Jesus through Pagan Eyes," George R.R. Martin's "Storm of Swords," Clifford Pickover's "Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves," and...I think that might be it. Not sure...

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Postby Aphritha » 18 May 2014, 02:06

The Illiad, and when I want to read something a bit lighter, 'Gods and Heros from Viking Mythology'.


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Postby Brân Gannaid » 23 May 2014, 08:12

"Meet the Friendly Dulcimer" by David Cross.

I was given a mountain dulcimer for my birthday this month after showing an interest and some aptitude while playing a borrowed one.

OBOD's Bardic Grade has been a fantastic blessing to me. I've really expanded my experimentation with art and music and am loving it! It's like someone left the door to my cage unlocked! :)
Dulcimers are fantastic instruments! My brother has played one for a couple of years now (unfortunately, he's limited his musical abilities to Christian hymns. Not a bad thing in general, but not much variety otherwise). It seems a simple instrument once you get the hang of it!

And I know exactly what you're talking about! Even though I'm primarily busying myself with the Ovate Grade, the Bardic is always in my heart, and it was such a big inspiration (go figure!) to my musical journey. It's really fun to let go and let yourself discover and create!
I don't think my artistic endeavors will end with the Bardic grade. I've run into so many like-minded people and made so many new friends in my new neighborhood who jam and play in various performing scenarios that I think I'm hooked for a while!

It's a wonderful instrument since it's so quick to tune, small so it can easily be carried, and can be used with guitar chord books if one doesn't know a song! I've been playing from several other books and the challenge is always to find chords I need close enough together that I can reach with my short fingers! And some chords are just missing, so I play "air dulcimer" for some notes on occasion! I haven't yet stepped out and done a lot of "lead" work!

And, in keeping with the thread, "Suspect" is turning out to be a very interesting book for several reasons, including the fact that it features a police dog. Glad my friend suggested it.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Skogsvandrare » 23 May 2014, 11:19

"What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World" (Jon Young) I've only started in on it, but it does give some fascinating insight into what can be learnt from the natural sounds around us. It may become a similar experience as reading Gattys classic "Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass" was (suddenly one became a Sherlock Holmes of Navigation. or at least get a look into the toolbox of one). Time will tell.

I'm imagining myself in the outdoors version of the classic SH scene: "your desktop picture? Taken in late spring, around 9 AM, facing NW, probably somewhere in southern Norway".
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Postby EagleEye » 24 May 2014, 12:45

I usually read more than one book at a time, which is probably why it takes me a while to get through anything lol. I'm reading Peterson's field guide to Wildflowers - Northeastern/North-central North America, Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss and The Art of Living - The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby xidia » 04 Jun 2014, 21:28

Lots!

Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton (British ritual/customs)

Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman (shamanism with a distinctly Druidic bent)

RUN: the mind-body method of running by feel by Matt Fitzgerald (how to train based on biofeedback rather than a set schedule)

Spirituality without Structure by Nimue Brown (functional analysis of the sociological "point" of religion and spirituality)

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (a season in Arches National Park c.1950)

Malice by John Gwynne (medieval high fantasy)

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (online, spoof)

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Postby Brân Gannaid » 05 Jun 2014, 02:35

Been reading Ken Follett's "Code to Zero" the past couple of days (passed on to me by my DH while we were traveling) and also still slowly savoring Penny Billington's "The Path of Druidry." The first one is fast and fun suspense, while the second is a great read for an OBOD Bard working through the Gwersi.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Branflakes » 09 Jul 2014, 02:08

"Meet the Friendly Dulcimer" by David Cross.

I was given a mountain dulcimer for my birthday this month after showing an interest and some aptitude while playing a borrowed one.

OBOD's Bardic Grade has been a fantastic blessing to me. I've really expanded my experimentation with art and music and am loving it! It's like someone left the door to my cage unlocked! :)
Dulcimers are fantastic instruments! My brother has played one for a couple of years now (unfortunately, he's limited his musical abilities to Christian hymns. Not a bad thing in general, but not much variety otherwise). It seems a simple instrument once you get the hang of it!

And I know exactly what you're talking about! Even though I'm primarily busying myself with the Ovate Grade, the Bardic is always in my heart, and it was such a big inspiration (go figure!) to my musical journey. It's really fun to let go and let yourself discover and create!
I don't think my artistic endeavors will end with the Bardic grade. I've run into so many like-minded people and made so many new friends in my new neighborhood who jam and play in various performing scenarios that I think I'm hooked for a while!

It's a wonderful instrument since it's so quick to tune, small so it can easily be carried, and can be used with guitar chord books if one doesn't know a song! I've been playing from several other books and the challenge is always to find chords I need close enough together that I can reach with my short fingers! And some chords are just missing, so I play "air dulcimer" for some notes on occasion! I haven't yet stepped out and done a lot of "lead" work!

And, in keeping with the thread, "Suspect" is turning out to be a very interesting book for several reasons, including the fact that it features a police dog. Glad my friend suggested it.
The lessons learned in the Bardic grade and the flow of Awen definitely does not end with the Bardic gwersi! I can't say that I've met other like-minded people, though. I'd love to meet someone who would want to jam.

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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Postby Skogsvandrare » 09 Jul 2014, 06:21

"The Universal Toolkit" by Paul Campell. Field expedient -- i.e. quick and easy to make -- stone tools and the stuff you can do with them. yes, I am a primitiive tech and survival nerd, why do you ask
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Postby Brân Gannaid » 09 Jul 2014, 06:41

The lessons learned in the Bardic grade and the flow of Awen definitely does not end with the Bardic gwersi! I can't say that I've met other like-minded people, though. I'd love to meet someone who would want to jam.
Branflakes, I moved to an area of the country that values and encourages mountain music and jamming.

They even teach both credit and non-credit college courses in mountain instruments nearby, and the focus is on learning and jamming. Storytelling also is a big deal in the area.

It is in the middle of the Bible belt, and it's amazing how many pagans/heathens/witches/druids are present but just hidden until one proves trustworthy!

Oh, and I just finished "Ariel" and "Elegy Beach" by Steven R. Boyett. Elegy Beach was exceptionally creative fantasy, and this pair of books loosely followed S.M. Stirling's "change" series (starts with "Dies the Fire"), which started off as speculative fiction and then added more fantasy overtones later in the series.
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