by Donald Michael Kraig
Llewellyn, 2002 $17.95 US
ISBN 0-87542-324-8 (republication)
Review by Daven
Many would find the sheer size of this book to be daunting. I mean it’s 10 inches tall and 6 inches wide and better than two inches thick. It would put anyone off who realized just what those numbers translate into in real dimensions. There are almost 600 pages of information sitting there on the shelf of your bookstore. Waiting for you to pick it up. It’s not surprising that many would shudder and pass it by.
That would be an inexcusable mistake. This is one of those rare books that is a seminal work of magick. I understand that when this book was first published, tens of thousands of people bought it and learned about magick for the first time. With its reissue, I think this phenomenon could easily repeat itself.
Normally when I review a book, I skim it. I may not read every word; I may read a sentence per paragraph to try to get a feel for the content of that paragraph. Then I read bulleted lists, I go back through it and I generally finish a book in a night. This book breaks all the rules. I want to read and absorb every word on the page, and read it two or three more times.