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Status: Out of print but still widely available
Many of the books for novices that I have read are written like school text books - dry and boring. And many of those aimed at experienced users seem to make wide assumptions about what the reader already knows. I mean, it is possible to be an experienced diviner without having read all the associated runelore, or without learning all the verses of the Edda. But every other book I pick up seems to assume I know what they are talking about whatever the subject.
So now I have written Discovering Runes which I hope will be an entertaining read as well as a vital reference book for everyone. It is distributed by Bookmart in UK and Chartwell Books in the USA. It is widely available but the signed first editions you might find on eBay were only ever available directly from this and other Runemaker Group websites.
The book is
bound with a vinyl coated flexi cover (tougher than paperback,
but not as stiff as a hardback) and is luxuriously illustrated
throughout with high quality photographs and my own artwork.
In the chapter about rune meanings I have expanded considerably on the subjects discussed on my websites and enlarged the rune meanings section to 112 pages, allowing more thorough illustration and discussion of interpretation and associations for each rune. I have described the methods for several more rune spreads and random casting methods.
There are also chapters on the runic pendulum, bindrunes, Gandr magic, runic transcription, rune graphics, a key word index and a very thorough selected bibliography.
I have received your magnificent rune book a week ago and the voyage of discovery is a real pleasure! Great book with excellent text and illustrations. It arrived promptly and safely. It combines a sound academic approach with very sensitive and beautiful illustrations. It is a joy to browse! I do recommend a second edition, so many would benefit from it. I am an old fan of your website. CKR, of London, UK - Jun 2011
I wanted to dash to the keyboard and write to let you know that the book has arrived. I ripped open the bag and was so totally impressed with the quality and beauty of this published work. I don't think I have ever seen a more beautifully done book. I mean it is fantastic quality and with your expertise the content matches. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and talent. G.K. of Grefrath, Germany - Jan 2011
The book is so very beautiful. Discovering Runes I feel is so apt a name as while journeying through
the pages it feels like hidden among the wonderful photographs of our earth you are then presented with
the image of a rune and the information relating to it. Then feel encouraged to continue that journey
onto the next page, the next beautiful photograph, the next rune image. I am looking forward to a quiet
time when your book and I will share the journey.
I have now finished reading your amazing book, and its the best I ever read (and I read lots), it is truly well researched. I love the nature connection that you make with the runes and the intuitive approach that you make, it is all very connected. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us by writing this beautiful book that I am joyfully reading. A.S. of Enfield, UK - Apr 2010
Just to let you know that we received your book this morning. We both thought it is a beautifully
produced book, you should be very proud. I have just read the first chapter and already know that I'm
going to find it very interesting.
I just received my copy of your book "Discovering Runes" today. What a joy! The full color photographs, and the (as usual) wonderful writing - it truly is a joy to spend time with . . . You have gifted the world with a stunning resource! Blessings B. C. of Shelton WA, USA - Oct 15 2008
Just thought i would say thanks, your book is beautiful! Very well thought out and beautifully illustrated. Many thanks M.G.D. of Huntingdon UK - Oct 13, 2008
I received your book in the post this morning. Thank you very much for the speedy delivery. I must
congratulate you on putting together such a beautiful book on runes . . . the snippets that I have
read so far have been refreshing and wonderfully written and I have been in total awe at some of the
beautiful and inspirational photographs. May I say well done and thank you. Blessings, Love and
Light. J.G. of Hull UK - Oct 09, 2008
The book arrived yesterday and I am not
disappointed! It is absolutely superb. The
photography is stunning, and I just cannot
understand how you have produced this volume for so
little. . . . You may be sure I will be spending
some time studying . . . Thank you once again. W.S.
of Runcorn UK - Oct 08, 2008
Casting the Runes
Status: not in print. Withdrawn on publication of Discovering Runes
I was obliged to withdraw the hard copy version of Casting the Runes when Discovering Runes was published because - although the latter is more comprehensive and much expanded - some of the same material appears in both books.
The Ancient Pagan Runes - a Short Introduction
Status: Available by print-on-demand
It is now more popularly available as an e-book for download and for that version it was thoroughly revised and updated with many new illustrations in 2010.
It's very basic, but might still be considered a useful introduction for newcomers to runes. The extensive bibliography does point the reader to the most useful published works on the runes and associated history, language, magic, mythology, natural history and closely related subjects.
There were a couple of other hard-copy publications very early in my career. The first two were "novellas" which is a posh name for a short novel or long story. They appeared in pulp paperbacks known in those days as "penny dreadfuls" although by the time my two efforts appeared they were selling for about one shilling and sixpence. That's 7½ pence or 15 cents in modern money, and believe me, that's about all they were worth!
There was a pulp novella entitled Garradora which was a fantasy based in a future world recovering from nuclear holocaust. The plot centred around the struggle for supremacy between magicians with psychic powers and mutant people with normal perceptions. When the editor had finished with it I thought it was rather gruesome and sensationalist. I was never proud of it and glad it hasn't been available for more than 40 years.
There was a space opera novella about escaping convicts overcoming alien invaders entitled Flight from Carthia (I was rather prone in those days to making up exotic place names). The plot was inspired by the writings of such masters of SF as Robert Heinlein and Eric Frank Russell - but regrettably written without their flair or mastery. It sank without trace after a single printing and I don't think they sold all of those despite the garish cover illustration. I was paid 30 British pounds for 6 months work - that was about 100 bucks back then.
I gave up on science fiction after that, accepting that I was no Heinlein. I still read a lot of the genre though, the sense of wonder is with me yet.
Until the rune publications came along there was just one more book. It was a technical manual entitled The Quality Pilot intended for use by small firms who wanted to become certified to the British quality standard by doing it themselves rather than hiring expensive consultants. It was quite a thick tome of about three hundred pages, but it didn't sell.
At the time I was quite pleased with it but heartbroken when new standards legislation came into force rendering the book obsolete only a few months after publication. The publisher went broke before I got paid as well.
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