Category Archives: Book Reviews

Books reviewed from January to June 2013

Here are my reviews of the 17 books I’ve read over the past six months. If you would like to be notified of new reviews as they are published, use the email subscription button at Darryl’s Library, where you’ll also find 200+ book reviews archived.


Dream analysis: my take on Jung’s theories

My take on interpreting dreams, in light of reading C.G. Jung’s Man and His Symbols (also check out my detailed book review).

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One of my favourite authors dies: John Christopher

One of my favourite authors, John Christopher (real name Samuel Youd), died on 3 February, aged 89. I discovered him in the late 1980s, when I happened to borrow The White Mountains from my high school library. To my surprise and delight, I soon realised that I was reading the novel which had been adapted as the television series The Tripods a few years earlier – a series that had such an impact on me that I used to have dreams about it. Christopher’s Tripods saga is comprised of four short novels, which became lifelong favourites of mine, and are given pride of place on my bookshelf as the most read novels.

Christopher is also the author of a fabulous post-apocalyptic disaster novel, The Death of Grass, as well as many other science fiction books for teens and adults. Whichever age group a particular novel was intended for, he always injected his stories with an unapologetic sense of realism about life. A recurring theme in his work was the fight for individualism against mind control. And this perhaps explains my unending fascination with his work. He told an interviewer in 1984:

The apple which tempts my characters is the one that will remove the knowledge of good and evil. I suppose it’s something of a reversal of the conventional Eden story: Freedom of thought is perhaps the greatest good, and needs to be fought for and sacrificed for.

It was my pleasure to correspond briefly with John Christopher a few years ago via email. I had developed an idea for a Tripods spin-off entitled The Freedom Triangle, and was curious about the legal issues involved in publishing it. To my delight, he told me that my idea was highly original. Sadly, though, Disney owned the rights to The Tripods, as a movie adaptation was being planned.

I hope John Christopher’s work will live on, for future generations to enjoy. Check out my reviews of his books.

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From Witchcraft to Christ by Doreen Irvine

My thoughts on this classic Christian bestseller: Doreen Irvine’s autobiography, describing her deliverance from life as a witch in a Satanic cult. In addition to the following vlog, check out my very detailed written review.

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9 new book reviews

Nine new book reviews are online at Darryl’s Library:

  • Postmodern Satanism by Jason King
  • Consider Her Ways and Others by John Wyndham
  • Satan Speaks! by Anton Szandor LaVey
  • Starstormers 4: Evil Eye by Nicholas Fisk
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • The Secret Life of a Satanist by Blanche Barton
  • The Satanic Scriptures by Peter H. Gilmore
  • The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom
  • Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley

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5 new book reviews

Five new book reviews are online at Darryl’s Library:

  • Practical Psychic Self-Defense by Robert Bruce
  • The American Book of the Dead by Henry Baum
  • The Satanic Rituals by Anton Szandor LaVey
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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8 new book reviews

Eight new book reviews are online at Darryl’s Library:

  • The Resurrection – Fact or Fiction? by Richard Bewes
  • Heal the World by David Icke
  • Starstormers 3: Catfang by Nicholas Fisk
  • The Biggest Secret by David Icke
  • Branded by Robert Swindells
  • Lifting the Veil by David Icke & Jon Rappoport
  • The Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden
  • The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey

The Satanic Bible?! Darryl, WHAT are you doing?” Now, now. Don’t pre-judge my motives for reading this controversial volume. Go read the review.

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