Book Reviews

Welcome to my book review page, here you will find reviews on books from a variety of genres.

The Celestine Prophecy

The Celestine Prophecy is a 1993 novel by James Redfield that discusses various psychological and spiritual ideas rooted in multiple ancient Eastern traditions and New Age spirituality. The main character undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights in an ancient manuscript in Peru.

Thoughts:
I would recommend this to others, particularly those of a spiritual leaning, to read it. It is enjoyable but I found it a bit of a cop out in some ways. Basically, try to see the energy in things, wake up to yourself, and be nice to people, then you get to ‘ascend’ – basically it is a modern way of spreading the good word on how to be a good person, nothing wrong with that!

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) is Malcolm Gladwell’s second book. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious: mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information.

Thoughts:

Gladwell examines how human beings process information to make decisions and how split-second decisions (made in a “blink”, by a process he calls “thin-slicing”) differ from decisions made at more length. I liked Gladwell’s conclusion: that it’s our responsibility not only to acknowledge making these judgments, but also to act to fix the inequities caused by them.

The Mists of Avalon is a 1983 fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which she relates the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters.

Thoughts:

I first read this mammoth paged book when I was 14 and recently re-read at 31. I have always loved Arthurian mythology, the feminist take is still unexpected and refreshing. It made me reevaluate the religious tradition in which I was raised, and question the lack of status for women in most, if not all, of the world’s “great” traditions.  It’s magical, compelling.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

John le Carre is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. There’s no glitz or glam in this. It’s gritty and does what it sets out to do. It shows a more realistic side to espionage, with double crossing, and hidden deals etc. A good read that holds you right to the end.

 

 

 

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