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June 26, 2008



Whilst I appreciate what your colleague said, I think I disagree. Just about every book I seem to be reading at the moment deals with big ideas - or should that be Big Ideas - in a way that hints that the status quo is about to be undermined. And I'm not including your book in this comment by the way!!! There's The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton, The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas, and The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by GW Dahlquist, just to name the last three... all ostensibly science fiction/fantasy/literary fiction, and yet there's that odd little something about them...

Of course, I could be bonkers and not have realised yet, but you know what I mean. I've had to move onto Jackie Collins briefly to give my brain time to calm down.

jonathan black

I haven't read any of those. Which would you recommend to start?


I would start with the End of Mr Y since it's closer to some of the themes that you deal with, in particular the nature of thought, consciousness, religion and heaven. Although the ending is a bit weak.


I visited the Rosicrucian's last night, and it was a pleasant experience. I mentioned that in the past, mystery schools often had "commerce with disembodied spirits" (credit to Mark Booth for that line) and I wondered if this occurred for Initiates in this Rosicrucian Chapter? I was told it's not uncommon for someone who's doing their exercises to have a visitation, but I got the feeling it typically happens for them as dream visitation more so than a waking one.


Thanks, Al. (Glad I found it. I'm still learning how to navigate my round this site.) Was it an interesting building? I seem to remember beeing insomniac and in the small hours seeing a documentary that had a feature on the Rossicrucian building on Ashdown Forest. If I remember aright, it had a spectacular undergound initiation chamber in the Egyptian style.

When i was recently given a tour of Grand Central Lodge in Londom, I asked if there were any such there - and was told no.

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