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Friday, July 20, 2018

Beauty and the Beast Retold

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is not Fere's lucky day to be hunting in the forests , close to the boarder of the fae kingdom of Prythia. Killing a faery thinking it was a wolf, Feyre now has to leave her father and two sisters behind and live in the kingdom of Prythia or face a certain death. With her family well cared for Feyre lives with Tamil and Lucien in the spring court. Many times she tries to leave or go d out what is happening to her family while at the same time she begins to develop a deepening g relationship with the ferry world and the faeries.
What follows here is a massive retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Like the original, Get father lost an important shipment of merchandise and is now destitute. But instead of the father going on a journey and giving up his daughter, it is the daughter who makes the mistake. Like the original , a prince is cursed to look like a beast until someone loves him. This time the Prince is fae and she is human. The curse permanent affixed an animal face to everyone in the Spring Court. The evil queen amarantha has usurped the realm, distorted the magic and cursed everyone else. Amarantha has plans for the humans as well. Like the original take Feyre returns home, her father's fortune returned. But she loves him and that should break the curse.
Her return sparks a clash with Amarantha. Feyre must pass three challenges to break the curse.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Beware of Black Eyed Children

Black Eyed Children: Revised 2nd EditionBlack Eyed Children: Revised 2nd Edition by David Weatherly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You are coming home after along days work and you are about to leave your car to go into your house. You look through your window and you see two children standing there. Definitely something strange about those kids. They are wearing goodies or mismatched old clothes, and for kids aged 10 to 12 they sure do give you the heebie jeebies. You ask them some questions and they don't respond. Let us in they say. They keep on insisting. These kids are making you super uncomfortable. It is like part of your mind wants to lock your car door and drive away, yet these children have some kind of hypnotic hold on you. Feeling creeped out you look at them a little closer. Long arms that hang down to their sides, their skin is pale and maybe even pasty, but most of all it is their eyes. Their eyes are jet black. Now your freaked out and you scrounge the car for your cellphone so you can call for help. As you begin to dial you notice something else, they have disappeared into thin air.
Stories like this are becoming more common place, more people are seeing these black eyed children. Brian Bethel a journalist was the first to write about his story in the 1990s. Since then the reported sighting of Black Eyed Children have skyrocketed. Encounters with these children leaves on traumatized. Bad dreams, paranoia and overall discomfort are left in their wake. Sometimes even bad luck follows. These kids have left behind and awful bad smell. People who have encountered them feel an evil presence like something predatorial. Yet they must ask your permission to come inside and they will not get to break in and attack you. Who or what are these kids?
Speculation runs the gamut from the extraterrestrial hybrids meant to take over the planet all the way down to being men in black, hungry ghosts from Japan and China to even being vampires. These children could be offshoots of other creatures like fairies, succubi, djinn, the angel of death and demons.
David Weatherly has done a bang em up job of researching this urban legend. He has collected stories of various encounters and he has researched modern and past connections to this phenomenon. You may not be entirely convinced but always check your doors before leaving.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

How to Deal with Psychopaths

Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful PeopleDangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People by Joe Navarro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They are everywhere, people with dangerous personality types, they are our spouses, children , parents, co workers, charming strangers and dangerous psychopaths. Many of these individuals with a dangerous personality fly below the radar and do not brook trouble with law enforcement but they can still be dangerous and they can still hurt us. These personality types steal, abuse and even kill.

Criminal profiler, Joe Navarro, has written a book that will help you stay safe. In this book 4 personality types are discussed. The first personality is Narcissistic personality. These types display self importance beyond position. Often time they have a unrealistic and grandiose sense of who they are. The world centers on them. They are above everything and rules do not apply to them. They can be very bullying. Narcissistic people focus a lot on their grooming. People are objects for them to use and they are very selfish and controlling.

The next dangerous type is the Emotionally Unstable Personality. This type makes the people sorrounding them very defensive. Relationships with this type are a roller coaster making their partner feel a decrease in happiness and confidence. Unstable people have no clue as to the consequences of their behavior. The oscillate between being a ruler and a victim. Dealing with this type is very draining. They remember past wrongs to use against someone for later. Very insecure with a very low frustration point.

Paranoid people think that someone is after them. They tend to think that there is a conspiracy to keep them down. Paranoid types try to insulate their family from the outside world feeling that outside world has dangerous ideas. These people tend to Need more personal space and they oft time show no tenderness. This type tends to be argumentative and they will often time dress in military or some other agressive outfit.

The predator is perhaps the most dangerous of all. In this category you have con men, murderers, pedophiles and violent criminals. These people have no conscience and feel no remorse for their acts. To predators following the rules is a sign of weakness and they enjoy duping people who are weaker then them. Predators can come off as being charming or as being cold and callous.

The book is not designed to make you a mental health technician who can make diagnoses but rather it gives a guideline so you can identify that something is dangerous and you can take measures to protect yourself. Sometimes people will have symptoms of multiple disorders . The final chapter gives guideline on how to protect yourself.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

When Actions are Louder than Wordd

Louder Than WordsLouder Than Words by Joe Navarro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever hear the expression “ actions speak louder than words”? Our actions in this instance is body language. Knowing how to read and interpret body language is a key tool to success. Body language though is a double edged sword. You also have to convey the right message.

Joe Navarro is a former FBI agent. He had to use body language in order to stay alive and succeed in his career. In effect you might say he had to be a bit of a psychologist. Reading this book will teach you a good number of things. First off when caught in;a fearful situation we have three options, fight , flight or freeze. In the office these would be situations that cause discomfort. The author uses a comfort/ discomfort paradigm in assessing body language. Such signs of discomfort would be squinting, rapid blinking, hyperventilating and nervous hand gestures. When questioning his suspects, Joe would let them get comfortable. After all a comfortable suspect is a cooperative suspect. Getting them comfortable allows you to set up a baseline and observe which behaviors denote what is comfortable for the individual you are dealing and also what denotes discomfort.

When dealing with clients it is important that they feel comfortable working with you. Comfort equals safety and stability. This comfort would mean falling into step with your client which would entail mirroring back vocabulary that the client uses. For example if they describe their automobile you follow up using automobile.

The emotional system will always trump our use of logic. When clients get angry then the best thing to do is let them ventilate. Let the ventilate to someone in charge so they know their complaints are being heard. Later the offending employee should write a letter of apology. This also gets rid of a lot of anger.

Little things can spell the difference between success and failure. How you seat people at a meeting can prove to be very conducive for productive communication or communication failures. Usually you want to have people seated at 45 degrees to one another. Office set up is valuable as well. Have a couch that people can sit and be comfortable with, cold drinks is a good idea as well.

Our body language and what we do sends a message. If you are meeting with someone important you may want to lean in and show interest . Playing with devices shows you don’t care. Image is almost everything.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Death Maidens Claim

The Hel Runes Claim: Life of the Oseberg priestess (783-834 AD) (Blade Honer)The Hel Runes Claim: Life of the Oseberg priestess (783-834 AD) by Maria Kvilhaug
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thordis adjusts to life among the savage like Viking Rus. As the days go by her different nature is coming to the forefront. During the day she picks herbs for healing and hunts different animals. Then once she kills the animals she eats them raw. Ivarr, the young warrior she has been honing eyes her bathing the blood off herself when he decides he wants to humiliate her. Ivarr does humiliate her he has to get humiliated in order to win back her favor.
Thordis experiences more blots and festivals. The HeL Rune, mare and seven sisters make their appearances more than once. These maidens who are sworn to Hela, goddess of the dead, make prophecies, assist in battle and participate in ritual. There is always a price to pay.

Prophecy foretell that a Thordis will be a sif of the Gods, doing their will with no thought of her own. She will always be directed by strong willed men. Thordis is not destined to stay with just one man.

The gods throw twists and turns . Arnulf, the heri is given a very interesting marriage proposal. Zivah finds out some very Viking about her background which changes the dynamics of her love with Thiodolf. A rival family wages war on Arnulfs clan that threatens to possible wipe Arnulfs clan out.

Thordis proceeds with her destiny.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

420 the Magical Number

Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the OccultLiber 420: Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult by Chris Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Liber 420

Ah the magic of THC and it’s effect on the body, mind and soul. Throughout the ages ethneogen or psychedelic herbs have been used in a variety of spiritual and magical streams in ways we are unfamiliar with. Chris Bennet does more than an awesome job of explaining the role of cannabis in the evolution of the human spirit. But this book delivers so much more. It gives you a very thorough history of magic.

Starting with the Scythian’s use of cannabis opium and ephedra in their elixir called Soma. They also used to burn cannabis seeds in their rites for the dead . The spiritual use of cannabis spread to Iran and India. In India the mixture was called Haoma. It was sacred to Shiva and Kali. In Iran the early Zoroastrianists would melt hashish into the wine and drink it. This produced visions of holiness. The usage of cannabis would proceed to used by the sufis and from the Sufis it spread to the Assassins of Alamut.

The crusades brought on an era of cultural exchane between Europe and the Middle East. One of the things that was brought back was the use of marijuana.the Templars learned a lot from the assassins, almost their entire spirituality may have been taught to the Templars via the assassins.

Cannabis usage was used by the ancient Israelites during the temple times and even during the early era of Christianity. It was an ingredient in their incences and may have been used in the annointing oil. There is evidence that it may have been used in healing potions.

From the Middle East the use would spread to Europe where in it was used by witches , alchemists and mystics.
The book is long and packed with information. If you want to learn more read the book. This tome is a classic and no review could give it proper justice.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Assassins vs Templars

Last Descendants (Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants #1)Last Descendants by Matthew J. Kirby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Part of the Assassins Creed series which is based on the ever successful video games. The Templars and Assassins have been going at it since the beginning of time. Both want peace and the overall benefit of mankind. However, their means of achieving this are 180 degrees different . The assassins wish to achieve this by giving freewill to all of mankind, with each person making their own choices. The Templars want a strong, almost dictator type leader who sets the rules of right and wrong.

Owen lost his father in a bank robbery gone wrong. Believing that his father was framed he goes about trying to find the truth. Tired of dealing with all the negative comments his grandparents have to say about his father , Owen enlists the aid of Javier one of his old chums. Together they go to. A man named Monroe who has a machine that can read memory from DNA.

Turns out Owen and Javier have ancestors that met when Cortez caramel to conquer Mexico. Owen gets more than he bargained for as he and a whole bunch of other kids access their ancestors memory at the same time. All of them had ancestors that were templars or assassins. Together they go back to the Civil War era to find a lost relic that could grant the holder certain powers. The Templars want it and the Assassins want it. Monroe is determined that neither shall have it. It is an ascendancy event with a prelude to more adventure.

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