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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Pulp Fiction... and More!, October 13, 2010
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I've enjoyed Hancock's non-fiction archaeological detective books a lot, and after reading his last (Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind) I couldn't imagine what he'd do next. With this new novel it's clear that he's continued along the same lines of supernatural research leading to more experiences and ideas best expressed in fiction.

Although he is in no way a great novelist, Hancock has crafted an intriguing and exciting page-turner (somewhat like Dan Brown's popular novels, but better written and way more interesting). Perhaps best of all is that he's finally found an editor able to help him trim the fat (probably easier to do for novels than for far-out esoteric-archaeological studies).

Jumping back and forth between 24,000 yrs ago and modern times (southern California and the Amazon forest), as well as their connections through the parallel spirit world of the "Blue Angel", the story is loosely based on a setting inspired by the DMT research of Dr. Rick Strassmann (DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences), the radical cosmic evolutionary ideas of Terence McKenna, traditional Biblical myths (or more accurately their Zoroastrian roots) of a cosmic Good/Evil struggle, and our older shamanic spiritual traditions - in short, a fantasy/sci-fi mix of visionary dream-time experiences and anthropological/consciousness studies. As the cover flap quotes, "...might have been written by J.K. Rowling - if Rowling had apprenticed herself for 7 yrs with Mary Leakey, 7 years with Carlos Castaneda and 7 yrs with Robert Crumb". That sounds about right, a Harry Potter tale for adults.

This may seem like an odd combination, but it works beautifully. I can see it becoming hugely popular; maybe not mainstream popular, but for those of us young and adventurous at heart interested in exploring similar ideas in our own lives, this could just prove to be life changing.

(I can even see it becoming a hit Avatar-like movie - what is this world coming to? - Just in time for the paradigm shift of 12/21/2012...Hopefully he's well on his way to writing the sequel - which, if he keeps following the threads of his non-fictional SUPERNATURAL research, will get very far out indeed.)
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2010 7:08:17 AM PDT
I. Ward says:
Entangled by Graham Hancock
I have not read his scholarly books, but ordered this on the strength of his being a scholar. So far, (the first four chapters), he has not made the change to fiction with any grace. All cliches and **** words. I do so hope it will improve.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2010 8:26:34 AM PDT
applewood says:
I do agree with you in part (thus my comparison to sensational 'pulp fiction') - and other reviewers here have commented on being turned off by the crude and violent content - my impression is that he is attempting to recreate a certain "primitive" expression of our Homo-Sapien roots and dark side. From this perhaps we'll get to see (in the sequel) an awakening of 'higher consciousness'....(I know I'm trying to be patient in waiting for in my self and current society!)

There is a lot of material (from his scholarly work) to synthesize and present. Maybe, since I'm familiar with the ideas presented in SUPERNATURAL, I was willing to let him carry me into the story (and accept the profanity and violence at face value). You might be better off going back to that scholarly work first.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 8:48:32 PM PDT
Based on what the ads say regarding this book, I felt it was in order but too long. Mostly because it was a repetition of the same actions over and over to the extent that I skipped the last few chapters except I read the last two and was disappointed to see that it ended with a cliff hanger. So is he going to write a sequel to this?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 5:43:00 AM PDT
applewood says:
I suppose all reading - fiction and non - is a matter of interest. For instance, some would not want to read J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) because it is too long and repetitious, others don't want it to end, and go on to read The Silmarillion, or just start on the trilogy again (I had a friend who'd read it 7 times by the age of 16!). I also enjoyed the Harvard Lampoon's Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, it was really short, but not very memorable beyond the title.

Entangled is also supposed to be the first in a Trilogy, but no word yet on when the next is due....
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