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Hermetic Library book club selection F Gwynplaine Macintyre’s The Woman Between the Worlds


F Gwynplaine Macintyre’s The Woman Between the Worlds

Looking at my “to read” stack, there was one book that caught my eye, so I’m selecting F Gwynplaine Macintyre’s The Woman Between the Worlds for the Hermetic Library book club, beginning Aug 1st.

Ran into this author, if I recall correctly, because of an article over at IO9, and this work because of the description. “[A] fabulous adventure begins in the realm of the occult and the fantastic. Wonderous shape-changers, mysterious dissappearances, and terrifying evils await on the other side of the shadows.” Moreover: “A female shape-changer, pursued by invisible aliens, escapes to Victorian London. . . where she is aided by Aleister Crowley and the disciples of the Golden Dawn.” This book seems overall to promise a kind of Philip K Dick / Kurt Vonnegut surreal ride. Will it deliver?

Anyhow, I’m just leaping in to read books I’ve wanted to read and hope that people are interested in joining in. So, come on over and participate in the Hermetic Library book club and the ongoing discussion about the previous selection, René Daumal’s Mount Analogue, or get a start on discussing the next book, F Gwynplaine Macintyre’s The Woman Between the Worlds!

 

The Hermetic Library book club is for people interested a living Western Esoteric Tradition. The book selections will be wide ranging and may be from many genres, including fiction and non-fiction, that are of interest. Generally speaking the book selections will be related to the subject matter of the Hermetic Library, but this is a book club not a study group or an online teaching order of any kind. If you have comments, questions or suggestions contact the librarian.

Extending René Daumal's Mount Analogue, the current Hermetic Library book club selection for another month


René Daumal’s Mount Analogue

So I previously announced the Hermetic Library book club and René Daumal’s Mount Analogue as the initial selection, but life intervened and I haven’t been able to do much yet on this project. So, instead of selecting another text for next month, I’m just going to extend the current selection and have another go at starting the book club. Of course, the book club is still experimental, so maybe it won’t be monthly selections like I was originally thinking, but we’ll see!

Anyhow, I still really have not had much chance to get the idea sorted, but I’m just going to start reading books I’ve wanted to read and hope that people are interested in joining in. So, come on over and participate in the Hermetic Library book club and the discussions about René Daumal’s Mount Analogue!

 

The Hermetic Library book club is for people interested a living Western Esoteric Tradition. The book selections will be wide ranging and may be from many genres, including fiction and non-fiction, that are of interest. Generally speaking the book selections will be related to the subject matter of the Hermetic Library, but this is a book club not a study group or an online teaching order of any kind. If you have comments, questions or suggestions contact the librarian.

Introducing the Hermetic Library book club and René Daumal's Mount Analogue as the first selection


René Daumal’s Mount Analogue

Back at the beginning of May, I mentioned that Liber Astarte vel Berylli sub figura CLXXV was recently cataloged at Goodreads and that I would be thinking about ways that the new author profile I’ve ended up with might be used to help promote the materials at the library. So, I started to think about what, if anything, would be sensible, ethical and aesthetic to do. I settled on the idea of doing a book club. Although I mentioned this idea in passing on twitter and pointed to this over on the facebook page, while I was away over the last month I started the book club with a first selection. Now I’m just trying to catch up on everything!

I am today making the official announcement that I’ve started a new, and still quite experimental, Hermetic Library book club. I made the first selection back in May, but wasn’t able to mention it until now, so I apologize for the short notice; but, I’ve wanted to read René Daumal’s Mount Analogue for quite a long time, and so I decided that would be first.

The Hermetic Library book club is for people interested a living Western Esoteric Tradition. The book selections will be wide ranging and may be from many genres, including fiction and non-fiction. Generally speaking the book selections will be related to the subject matter of the Hermetic Library, but this is a book club not a study group or an online teaching order of any kind. The online discussion group for the Hermetic Library book club will be over at Goodreads, and I’ll work on expanding things there over time.

Seriously, I bought this book back in 2004 and just haven’t gotten around to it. That I’ve had this book on my quite ridiculously high stack of “to read” books is actually one of the reasons I’m excited about the book club. Another reason is that I’ve been really missing the kind of engagement with others around particular texts that I remember from my undergraduate days. I’ll do more to create some basic guidelines and suggestions specifically for the book club over time, as things get rolling, but I am pretty likely going to base my vision and aspiration for the group on the idea of what a seminar was at my undergrad institution and book response outline from one of my courses. That’s not to say that I expect the discussion to and so forth to be academic, but it’s where I’m coming from when I think about a book club. I’m sure things will evolve over time and my idea will change some, but there it is.

I’ll probably also just make selections from my “to read” stack to begin with, but I’m actually hoping to have people participate that will not only have their own ideas about selections but also who want to participate as discussion leaders for some selections.

Anyhow, I’ve really not had much chance to get the idea sorted, so I’m just going to leap in and start reading books I’ve wanted to read and hope that people are interested in joining in. So, come on over and participate in the new Hermetic Library book club and the discussions about René Daumal’s Mount Analogue!