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Darkside Zodiac Paperback – March 1, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This book is a pretty funny, sarcastic take on the zodiac sun signs. No holds barred, she tells you like it is; the (not so) good, the bad, and the ugly of your inner self :PPublished 6 months ago by Jay
Love this book it's very accurate! All those little things you do that you didn't know why you did them is all explained in this book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
HILARIOUS read for the Zodiac lover in mind. This was given to me a few years ago, and it's always been a hilarious read whenever I'm down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Will Reilley
When they say "Darkside", they MEAN "Darkside". This book IS dark and somewhat negative rather than being humorous in any way.Published 6 months ago by consumer
Inexpensive and a great book. Great condition as well, exceeded expectations.Published 7 months ago by Andres D.
Great book and so much truth to it as well. Very entertaining.Published 8 months ago by rosesdreamsandstardust