Sunday, June 24, 2007

I Fell into a book of Od Magic

It happens sometimes, more often than not with a Patricia A. McKillip book, that I pick up a book to read and fall in. Lost in the magic of her words, the subtle tones of nuance and color, magic and light, I am transported outside of my own plain gray world into something brighter and deeper. Od Magic was like that for me, devouring it page by page, chapter by chapter, until I had my fill.

This is a tale of a gardener and a trickster who just do what comes naturally to them. In a world where magic is real, it's very form is explored and challenged, it's nature re-defining itself through the talents of those who use it. Those who had held it in the palm of their hands, who thought they new it's machinations, still had a thing or two to learn. They failed to recognize magics they had never heard of. Complete with the Od School of Magic, and the odd ways people come to that school, this book is filled with enchantments at every turn. Like all of McKillip's books the cover artwork is that of the incredible Kinuko Craft, perfectly setting the mood for your decent into this fairytale setting.

Another must-read from the World Fantasy Award winning author.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fairy Lore and Brownies

According to, a Brownie is "a Scottish domestic fairy; the servants’ friend if well treated. Brownies are brown or tawny spirits, in opposition to fairies, which are fair or elegant ones; a legendary good natured elf that performs helpful services at night." Living in an older home, I'm fairly certain that it came with it's own Brownies. Just to be sure, I set out some tea and cookies for them in my studio so we can be on good terms. They are known for keeping a home neat and tidy, and I think they clean up after our negative energies and keep the home feeling good. At least they haven't been inclined to do any dishes that I've noticed.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Three Wyrd Sisters

Once upon a time there were three sisters, one witch, one changeling, one vampire. Oh and did I mention that they were born of a human mother and a faery father? No? Well it's true as fiction. There's a delightful new series in the works by Yasmine Galenorn, and I quite enjoyed the first book, Witchling, a while back. Now the next book, Changeling, is available just in time for my birthday!

There's nothing like a supernatural detective story with a female protaganist, and this series offers up three of them. The baddies are complex, the good guys are too, and I really am enjoying this sexy, witchy romp that crosses magical borders. It's a nice break from all the metaphysical reading I've been doing lately, and at the same time strangely supportive of my world view.

So I do hope Changeling shows up around my birthday, I'd be more proactive about it except I already ordered myself a B-Day present. I have no idea what my twin wants, but the party is at my place so maybe playing hostess is enough for her, or maybe I can gift her my used Witchling to see if she likes it.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The latest release dates have been posted, and we are looking at a Wednesday release for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Personally, I really liked the idea of a Friday the 13th release, it's always been my lucky day. Now I have a decision to make, do I go see it on the 11th after I'm done doing my Tarot & Faery Oracle readings for the night? Or do I wait until my favorite day?

Decisions, decisions. It might actually be kind of fun to dress the part of the reader and then go to the movie that night. I'll have to be sure to secure my tickets in advance and have friends waiting for me at the Theater. I'm toying with the idea of adding a countdown for the movie, since we're at 38 days right now. Maybe I'll just check in at veritaserum and their counter, since it is down to the millisecond after all!