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- Print Length: 189 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946589004
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- Publisher: PaperSteel Press, LLC (December 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9M3CRH
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Pages 7-31 each provide meanings for one rune - but they are very general, comparable to most "rune interpretations" one could find on the internet.
Pages 47- 147 (the bulk of the book) contain the author's personal rune-a-day readings for 200 days, and I couldn't get past the first few days. In contrast with the very brief, general descriptions of the runes themselves, the author shares his detailed rune readings for 200 days. He could have provided a few days to give the reader an insight into how to use a rune diary and spared us the rest.
There are a few pages about different methods of doing rune readings, each very basic. These are followed by lists of the runic associations to the days of the week, the best-known Norse gods, and "Important Terms" like "frith" and "Mjolnir."
The References/Suggested reading list looks like every book the author could find related to the runes and Northern history and culture -- including several books on runes which are so much better than this one that it's hard believe the author ever read them. The list is arranged by author's last name, but with the title of the work first. The books are not grouped into topic categories, making it harder to get any value from it.
Most damning from the perspective of content, is that the author refers to himself as having "hung on the tree" but spends no time discussing Odin's ordeal on the Tree. There is no mention of the Havamal or the primal nature of the runes. I do not dispute the author's own ordeals, but surely he could have provided this most basic information about the source and nature of the runes.
On top of all this, the book is poorly edited. There is no space between the period at the end of one sentence and the first letter of the next, which makes reading very difficult. In the recommended reading list, there is no space between the comma after the last word of the title and the first letter of the author's first name. I bought this book almost a year after its release. I can't imagine how this formatting error made it into print in the first place, much less hadn't been corrected by now.
Find a book by Aswynn, Paxson, or Krasskova (or almost anyone else) if you want a solid introduction to the runes.