July 13th, 2004

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Today's eBooks

Elizabethan Demonology (1880). I point out that this claims to be an expansion of an earlier paper on "The Witches in Macbeth". The mummers might want to give this one a glance.

Simon Magus. An interesting overview of an early biblical character famed for working magic. Has lots of translations of early primary-source material, which always catches my eye.

Sacred Books of the East (1900). This casts its net widely, with a good array of sources ranging from Vedic Hymns to a Life of the Buddha. Has several apparently religious sources that I don't know at all, such as selections from the Persian Zend-Avesta. Looks worth digging into.

The Moon-Voyage, by Jules Verne. Besides being an early science fiction novel, this may be of interest to comic book readers who are currently following Planetary (and if you are reading comics, why wouldn't you be reading Planetary?). It appears to be the original appearance of The Gun Club, which featured in a recent issue of that title.

A Textbook of Theosophy (1912). I ought to at least skim this at some point: I know just enough about modern occult sciences to have come across Theosophy a number of times, without really having a good grasp on what it's supposed to be about...