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Since reading The Second Messiah (and the Sign and the Seal) in 2018,
I've felt the need to turn back to some books I have already read, albeit some time ago,
before moving onto others. I've been trying to collate the titles together in order of date published:

Date Published Title Author(s) Date Read
2005 Cracking the Symbol Code Tim Wallace- Murphy 2013
2007 The Secrets of Solomon's Temple Kevin L. Gest -
2010 The Hiram Key Revisited Christopher Knight and Alan Butler 2011

 

 

The Secret Teachings of all ages by Manly P. Hall

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Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens

I have in my collection a multi-volume set of books by Charles Dickens, one of which is the collection of short stories under the title of Christmas Stories. I began reading these in the Christmas of 2019, and continued this again in 2020. So far I have read the following (not all are complete due to other authors writing chapters that are not included in my edition - I may source more complete versions in the future):

p.7 A Christmas Tree
p.19 What Christmas Is As We Grow Older
p.23 The Poor Relations Story
p.31 The Child's Story
p.35 The Schoolboy's Story
p.43 Nobody's Story
p.48 The Seven Poor Travellers - In Three Chapters
p.70 The Holly-Tree - Three Branches
p.95 The Wreck Of The Golden Mary [This story was written in 1856 yet it tells of a Titanic-like tale, the latter occurring in 1912]
p.117 The Perils Of Certain English Prisoners - In Two Chapters
p.152 Going Into Society
p.164 The Haunted House - In Two Chapters (originally in eight)
p.188 A Message From The Sea (incomplete)
p.213 Tom Tiddler's Ground - In Three Chapters (originally seven)

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Currently Reading:

 

Turning the Hiram Key by Robert Lomas and Colin Wilson

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Thomas Telford by L. T. C. Rolt
 - The acclaimed biography of the father of civil engineering

I spotted this little paperback (224 pages) for sale at a local thrift shop. Prior to moving to Anglesey in north Wales I'd not heard of Thomas Telford, but since the island is linked to the mainland with one of Telford's bridges (the Menai Bridge) it's hard to remain oblivious.

When I read Charles Dicken's Bleak House (a book I thoroughly enjoyed) there was a part where a journey was made from London to Holyhead (by horse drawn coach). Here the past of Dickens was made especially real as I considered the route took them along what is generally known now as the A5, another of Telford's works, now signposted as an Historic Route.

From this book I can learn some more about the man himself and the times he lived in 200 years ago.

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The Children's Encyclopedia Volume 9 by Arthur Mee

I read one volume per year of this 10 volume set of encyclopedias, first published over 100 years ago. I inherited them in my childhood.

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Great True Stories of The Islands by Claude Williamson

This book contains 40+ short stories, written by a variety of authors, about various islands around the world. I have been gradually working my way through the book and often record me reading the tales, of which I upload as audio books - you can find out more in the Audio section.

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Astronomy for GCSE by Patrick Moore

I'm slowly working my way through this book, researching further things of interest. You can find out more in my Astronomy section which is dedicated to this pursuit.


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Read so far in 2021:

Space 2069 by David Whitehouse
 - After Apollo: back to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond

buy from Amazon.co.ukThis book documents our space-travelling history; our visits to the moon, the probes we've sent there, to Mars, and beyond, along with the steps proposed for getting humans further. Our next stop is Mars, but we may first return to the Moon, then perhaps in Expanse-like fashion out further to the moons of the gas giants, the asteroid belts, or who knows, one day out to another solar system.

 

 

The Ethical Psychic Vampire by Raven Kaldera

After reading Michelle Belanger's book about Vampires (see below), I was keen to read more. This was another interesting book and a good choice.

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Fixed Star, Sign and Constellation Magic by Christopher Warnock

This book is probably okay as a casual reference but the 'spells' are pretty basic with no explanation as to why anything particular is chosen.

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The Book of Hiram by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas
 - Freemasonry, Venus and the Secret Key to the Life of Jesus

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Vampires in Their Own Words by Michelle Belanger
 - An Anthology of Vampire Voices

Not that I'm into vampires, per se (although I did used to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I've read Bram Stoker's tale), but I came across this book recently in the topic of 'psychic vampires'. It's not that they are psychic (although they can be), but they feed upon the energy, or chi, of others. I've come to learn that we all have this capacity. Some are conscious of this, most aren't. Some do it in a positive way, or follow a moral code, while others don't.

For those interested in the internet of the 90s, there is also some crossover here also as various 'vampire communities' found their way online back then.

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Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey
 - part 4 of the Expanse Series

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Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

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Amateur Radio Computing Handbook by Joe Pritchard

I saw a copy of this book for sale on ebay but then I discovered that due to its age it had been made freely available online so I downloaded a copy.

It arks back to the days of the BBC Micro and BASIC programming*. I was intrigued because I had recently looked a little into 'amateur radio', namely tuning into short-wave radio stations. During my teens I dabbled in BASIC programming on ZX Spectrums and I was fascinated by the idea of programming computers to do things, clever things, and to control things - had I discovered this book then there is no knowing where my tinkering would have been lead.

The first half the book provides programs and ideas for calculating various 'complex' things that would be difficult to do with pen and paper and a simple calculator (ie 'aerial design and propagation'). Then there is the ability to use the microcomputer to catalogue stations and other stuff, before getting into the exciting stuff (what I had been hoping for) 'Interfacing the radio to the microcomputer' - using the system to decode (and code and transmit) 'Morse code, RTTY and ASCII signals... SSTV and FAX... [and] Packet radio.' It's a lot of stuff that goes over my head but I actually enjoyed reading my way through this well explained book.

Given that this book was first published over 30 years ago, and based on the home computers of the day (for the few people that had such things), you might consider it to be irrelevant, but amateur radio is still a popular activity and, while I'm not into these things myself, the modern day Raspberry Pi would be an ideal replacement for a lot of what this book covers (I am sure the projects would be transferable)... indeed, as I searched for this book on Amazon, such titles as "The Amateur Radio Bundle: Hamshack Raspberry Pi for Amateur Radio Activities..." and "Raspberry Pi Explained - For Radio Amateurs" came up in the results. Of course, you could go old-school and still use an old Micro computer.

One thing I did consider whilst reading this book, that it doesn't go into, is the prospect of detecting and deciphering alien signals; given how complicated our own signals now are with the digital and the myriad of things that can be converted to such a form, and encrypted in various ways, how on earth would we make sense of a signal from... aliens? [I participated in SETI@home for over 15 years].

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Life After Death by Damien Echols

Damien Echols was one of the so-called West Memphis Three, a group of three teenagers convicted of the 'ritualistic murders' of three boys. This is the personal account of Echol's time spent on Death Row. The thing is, Echols was innocent, but it took eighteen years for him to be released.

It's a horrific tale, but also fascinating.. I'd discovered Echols after landing on some content about 'magick'; it intrigues me that Echols, at the time of his arrest, was painted as someone into such dark stuff that he would carry out satanic murders, yet as he grew and developed in his solitary confinement (because indeed he did) he became more and more engrossed in the world of magick and meditation, and now, years later he talks about and teaches such things.

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Egregores by Mark Stavish
 - The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny

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The Invisible College by Robert Lomas

I originally read this in 2003 but decided to read it again.

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The End of Materialism by Charles T. Tart
 - How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together

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Quantum by Manjit Kumar
 - Einstein, Bohn and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality

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Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Henry Cornelius Agrippa

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Spirit Communication by K. Ryerson and S. Harolde
 - The Soul's Path

One a couple of chapters in, I couldn't help but think of 'The Only Planet of Choice'.

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A Little Something for Us Tempunauts by Philip K. Dick
 - from Volume 5 of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Seeing mention of PKD [here] I was prompted to read of the Tempunauts (since I particularly enjoy pondering about time travel). I enjoyed Dick's take on "space race propaganda" by using it for the first "flights" into time, and also his incorporation of Cyclothymia (which I had not heard of before). I could see the links between the depressed mind that has a tendency to go round in circles and the Tempunauts plight of continually reliving their hell (similar to that of Tom Cruise in The Edge of Tomorrow) and either, in the case of the Tempunauts, wanting to escape from that loop, or (as the depressed mind can do), keep them in it.

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The Bible is History by Ian Wilson

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

It was back in 2015 that I read A Clergyman's Daughter. Before that I read Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Ebla: An Archaeological Enigma by Michael Bermant, Chaim and Weitzman

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Secrets of the Great Pyramid by Peter Tompkins

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Because some of my reviews on books have increasingly included vast notes and quotations, I would like to point out that I do recognise that these books are protected by the Copyright act. I put my views online to share with other internet browsers in the hope that little snippets of information may be useful and my views interesting. I have always included links to the online retailer Amazon and encourage anyone that finds any title particularly interesting (thanks to what I have to say) to either buy a copy or borrow one from their local library.

 

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