The Wizard and the Witch – a review

Once upon a time, a beautiful witch met a handsome wizard and they fell in love. Together they made great works of magic. They created unicorns and searched for mermaids. Many listened to their words: the seekers, the young, the wise, and the learned. And they lived… …perhaps not “happily ever after.” But they lived indeed! Once…

Continue ReadingThe Wizard and the Witch – a review

Bull of Heaven – a review

In the past few years, modern pagans have started to reclaim their history. As Ronald Hutton points out, pagans have always had a strong sense of “history” (an interest in past events), but not always in “historicity” (understanding what actually happened, as opposed to what you wish had happened).

Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon traces the factors that led to the founding of the modern Neopagan Witchcraft movement. Philip Heselton’s Witchfather focused on the life of one important individual: Gerald Gardner. In other words, Hutton told us about the times, Heselton told us about a life.

Michael Lloyd’s Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan does both. It does it a way that’s engaging to read. I’d never heard of Buczynski before Margot Adler recommended this book to me; now I understand his impact on the Craft.

(more…)

Continue ReadingBull of Heaven – a review

Bioshock Infinite – Archived review

I finished Bioshock:Infinite last night. My reaction, in brief: - This is most beautiful game I've ever seen. They managed to crank out more detail and depth out of an aging console than I could have possibly imagined. - The game is violent, especially during melee. I cringed, but accepted it; I'd heard the story was worth…

Continue ReadingBioshock Infinite – Archived review

Star Trek Into Darkness

Quick review: I just came back from seeing STID. Without spoiling: Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor. He has the range to portray villains: nasty villains, noble villains, tragic villains. He could be Sherlock Holmes, the Doctor, Moriarity, the Master, or Richard III. But he's not the villain for this film. That, plus plot holes you could…

Continue ReadingStar Trek Into Darkness

Dear Esther – Archived review

This is a strange game; it might not even be a game at all. I got it on sale for $2.50 from Steam. It reminds me of the game Journey: A beautifully-rendered environment, with the sole purpose of reaching the end. There's no interactivity, just a narration that changes depending on where you choose to go. Without…

Continue ReadingDear Esther – Archived review

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Archived review

I have mixed feelings about this one. I'd like to say it was better than Uncharted 2, but I find I can't. What's better: The graphics, the environments, the storyline, the voice-acting. Everyone put their all into making this the most cinematic of all the adventures. (If I were George Lucas and/or Steven Spielberg, I might considering…

Continue ReadingUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Archived review

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – Archived review

Now this was a horse of a different color. First of all, it had a "very easy" difficulty for us fumble-fingered oldsters. There were no impossible jumps like the one I talked about for U1. This doesn't mean I didn't have to replay some sections more than once to figure things out, but it never got to…

Continue ReadingUncharted 2: Among Thieves – Archived review

Uncharted 1: Drake’s Fortune – Archived review

I'd forgotten the reason I hate platformers. I was playing U1 on my PS3, enjoying the story, not getting too bogged down anywhere because I was playing on "easy" difficulty. Then I get to the jump I couldn't make; it's the final vine jump to scale the fortress wall. I tried for an hour, and another half-hour…

Continue ReadingUncharted 1: Drake’s Fortune – Archived review