Aleister Crowley: A Modern Master
by John Moore
reviewed by Nina Lazarus for the Esoteric Book Review

This book is an attempt to place Crowley in the context of modern ideas and older traditions.  That this should be attempted is not surprising when we recall that Crowley was number 73 in the recent poll of the top 100 Britons.  The biographical details given for Crowley are supplied to justify or clarify points of view, and as such this work is not, nor does it claim to be, a biography, providing only such piecemeal references.

Unfortunately this has resulted in sections of the book where you forget it is even about Crowley, as his name disappears for eight or ten pages at a time in places whilst the author discusses philosophy.  Whilst these discussions are interesting and demonstrate the authors breadth of knowledge, they often seem tangential and not directly relevant to Crowley and his context.  From this perspective the absence of Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo from the bibliography suggests a worthy source missed, whose treatment could have provided more useful ideas for the author.

This is an interesting work, but more as a background work for someone wishing to expand on their ideas of material that may have influenced Crowley, rather than Crowley the man, the mage or the modern master.

Reality Transurfing: 1. The Space of Variations by Vadim Zeland

reviewed by Herbwoman for the Esoteric Book Review

At last a self-help book that takes the most obvious and essential view – don’t hate yourself or feel that you have to change – rather change your environment or reality.  Whilst it could be argued that the latter is common in self-help books, inevitably it is by loving yourself more or buying the rest of the author’s books.  Which has always puzzled me – as surely is self-help books work you should only need one?

Many books rely on pseudo-science to sound impressive and bambouzle the reader into thinking they are receiving profound wisdom, so it is refreshing when the author actually has a background in quantum physics, and can actually walk the walk as well as talk the talk.  In some ways this book is the Tao of Self-help, as it encourages a path of going with the flow, but not in a lazy way, rather in an understanding the flow and then using it to your advantage kind of way.

I enjoyed this book, which offers interesting perceptions, a book of magick without rituals, where everything depends on you using the power of your mind – hurrah!