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  • ISBN-13: 9780399500350
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/1968
  • Series: Perigee Series
  • Edition number: 40
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 342,490
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

    Not Impressed

    This book is for those after a surface knowledge of "black arts." It doesn't promote any one of them, it's more for informational purposes at best. Richard C. doesn't go into exhaustive detail; I found myself with more questions than answers after it's read. Due to the lack of foundation the book provides, it's more of a light-read, unfortunately. The author, from time to time subtly interjects his personal opinions of which he lacks the personage to merrit. There are quite a few instances where, for example he might say: this came from that a long time ago; without delving into time periods, origins, cultures, politics, and so on-- crutial knowledge if one is to truely understand. I'd imagine anyone would have a hard time holding a conversation-- if the topic ever arose-- based on the information contained in The Black Arts. It doesn't surprise me that there is just as little foundation and helpfulness with the book itself. There are no footnotes at the bottoms of pages for ease of understanding and context; only reference numbers to books, leaving YOU the reader to hunt down these books.

    Gee, thanks Rich. You might as well have left those out too and simply instructed to read the bibiligraphical texts.

    Overall the book is poorly constructed and poorly written. There was one happy moment, however; this book had me joyously saying, "NEXT!" right as I finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    Wonderfuly writtten

    If anyone wishes to learn Dark Magic or is curious to see what it is all about, this is a beautiful book to read. To the core realism on what the dark arts focuses on.

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