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VINE VOICEon March 26, 2012
This is a marvelous and affordable collection of Aleister Crowley's "Simon Iff" detective series and his Golden Twigs series of stories inspired by Frazier's "Golden Bough." This collection is published as companion volume to The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural). The character of Simon Iff is himself an idealized characture of the author, Crowley.

This contains all six of the stories originally included in the Teitan edtion The Scrutinies of Simon Iff, and a number of other Iff stories not included in that volume, almost 600 pages of rare, if not previously unpublished Crowley material. Long unavailable except occasionaly through privately published pamphlets of individual stories from Crowley esotericists, this is the first time since their original publication almost a century ago that they all have been collected and anthologized. Quite entertaining in its own right, Crowley's fiction is a delight to read. One hopes that the publishers will compile Crowley's rarer poems and plays in a similar companion volume.
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on June 21, 2013
When I was beginning my studies, I was always intrigued by the Simon Iff stories, yet I didn't know where to find them, and even when I discovered that, sometimes they were hard to locate. Now with this volume, everything is collected under one cover, and is easily accessible.
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on January 21, 2013
I met the character of Simon Iff in Crowley's "The Moon Child" and was intrigued enough by him to want to know more. These stories tell you more, but not all.

Simon Iff is an authorial self-insertion, but an entertaining one - though the racial and gender attitudes on display are very much those of a bygone era (and all the better for being gone).

Not terribly shocking by today's standards - I wonder how The Great Beast would have felt about becoming conventional?
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on July 28, 2013
Crowley at his best. It's fascinating to see him apply his genius to short stories not unlike Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, but with much more Thelemic depth and intensity.
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on April 10, 2013
These stories are interesting, but hard to follow. The author takes an intellectual approach and tends to be verbose. There are pages of notes at the back of the book to explain references within each story. Read the notes before you read the story to understand these references.
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on August 27, 2013
There are at least 10 books by Aleister Crowley that have been listed as "in press" for the last 15-20 years. Those are the ones I want to see. I don't want fiction, poetry, drama or sarcastic book reviews. I want books of occult instruction.

Where is the Equinox III(2)? The unabridged Confessions? 777 with Greek Qabalah added? The Equinox IV(3)? The unabridged Magick Without Tears? On Drugs? Shih Yi? etc.

And how about reissuing The Equinox one volume at a time so people could actually afford it?
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