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Darkside Zodiac Paperback – March 1, 2004

4.1 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Darkside Zodiacs Series

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Stella Hydeis the also the author ofDarkside Zodiac at Work, andDarkside Zodiac in Loveall published by Weiser Books. She is also a grudge-bearing Cancer who resides in England and thinks everyone should embrace their evil twin.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; Original edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578633109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633104
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Groovy Vegan VINE VOICE on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
As astrologers know, each sign has its positive and negative qualities. What if an astrologer with a dry sense of humor looked only at the negative qualities? (And as a double Capricorn myself, is there any other kind? :-) The result is the sometimes hilarious, sometimes mildly amusing, but always funny "Darkside Zodiac" by Sheila Hyde.

Much like any beginning astrology book, Hyde begins with a discussion of the four elements (fire, earth, air and water) and the three qualities (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). According to Hyde's take, as a Capricorn, I'm a bossy pig-headed fusspot. My last boyfriend, a Scorpio, was a stubborn moody whiner. The boyfriend before him, a Pisces, was a fickle moody whiner.

After the brief intro section, there's a section for each sun sign, where among other things, you can match your ascendant with you sun sign to determine your personality, check where your Mars is to determine how you mishandle aggression, check where your Venus is to determine how unfortunate you are in love, match yourself up with your partner's sun sign to see what disasters will ensue, and even how you handle toothpaste. I laughed at how Capricorns handle toothpaste which is to tightly roll it from the bottom up, then when it's finished to unroll it, cut it open, and scrape off the last smears. I've actually done this! Some of Hyde's funniest writing is in the "Dream Jobs" section. One of the dream jobs for Aries is firefighter, "fire, danger, big sharp axes, shiny red appliances to ride on..." Another amusing thing is the pictures of the zodiac signs, clever but dark interpretations of their traditional pictures, which are found on the cover and at the beginning of each sun sign.
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This book is ridiculously funny.

Caveat: as the author herself warns, this is not for the faint of heart. If you can't laugh at yourself (or your friends), this is not the book for you. If, however, you can deal with a little tongue-in-cheek cynicism and equal-opportunity send-ups of all 12 signs, this book will provide hours of teasing your friends and loved ones, while surreptitiously tearing out the pages of your own sign and hiding them where no one can find them.

Speaking as an Aries - I put up a good front. I have a carefully - very carefully - maintained facade as a sane, intelligent, enlightened human being, fit for civilized company. But once in a blue moon, while it's not what anyone in their right mind would call "flattering," it IS rather refreshing to see someone call me on it - someone who knows that under that thin innocuous veneer of decency lies a seething, rage-filled, carnivorous soul, bent on fire and destruction and entirely unreasonable, one which has no truck with such niceties as patience or logic, not when there's people out there who just... won't... do... what... I... SAY!!! *face turns red as fist slams through desk*

Ahem. Sorry about that. Where was I?

The information in the book is exaggerated and distorted (of course!) for maximum comic impact; the basis of it, though, is pretty astrologically accurate. My only complaint is with the quick-and-dirty moon sign chart in the back, which kept trying to put my moon in Taurus (it's in Gemini) - but then, the book does say it's only an approximation, and gives the address for a very nice website that will give you a complete chart for free. So that's ok then.
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I'm pretty sure this is the only book that has ever made me laugh so hard that I cried. Most days the glossed over brightside astrology can be really annoying and this book is a wonderfully refreshing book to laugh at yourself...and others. I enjoyed it because I know at least one person for every sign. Some people may not like it, like my mother, who said "why are you reading that? it's says horrible things about you!", but at least I didn't mind. Some of the negative traits are a little exaggerated (like all pisces being drug addicts), but it still makes it funny. You will get the most enjoyment out of the book if you, like me, actually beleive in astrology and the basic character traits do apply to you. I think I laughed the hardest when she wrote about the pisces room/house and about my collection of random string that may be useful at some point....and then looking over at my shelf with my random string that may be useful at some point. Even if the things don't apply to you, it's still funny to read for any of the signs because it is so cynical and clever.
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When you've read everything about how cool your Sun sign is, and are ready to move on the dark stuff you knew was there, but just hadn't admitted yet, get this book. I've studied astrology for years now, and even Linda Goodman (whose works I truly love) always manages to "spin" the negative characteristics I know I have into something positive. In the spirit of honesty though, I've always believed knowing your darkside can lead to being able to temper it a little.

The reviewer who was critical of the colored pages and text DOES have a point - the ones I found most difficult to read were the dark blue pages with lighter typeface. But I resolved that by getting directly under my overhead light to read (the reading lamp just seemed to cast a glare on the page, making it more difficult to read). I mention this for any readers who have visual impairments, particularly with contrast.

Overall, though, great read, and definitely a book I will keep in my library.
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