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« Topic Start: January 25, 2008, 07:37:10 am »

What do you think about Silver Ravenwolf´s books? Everybody is allways criticisen them, but I have allways found them very entertaining. Silver Ravenwolfs book Teen witch was first pagan book I bought about 10 (?) year ago, and it was very easy to read for someone who is young (and doesn´t read english very well).
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« Reply #1: January 25, 2008, 07:54:50 am »


I think some of her info is decent - correspondence type stuff.  I've found a few things in her books that I also like, such as a daily devotion to the elements.  But overall I'm not a big fan of her books.  I just don't really care for her writing style.
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« Reply #2: January 25, 2008, 08:03:03 am »

What do you think about Silver Ravenwolf´s books? Everybody is allways criticisen them, but I have allways found them very entertaining.

Silver is a friendly, entertaining, and accessible author. Unfortunately, there are many errors of basic fact in her books, so many that they are hard to recommend to anyone who is a beginner which means they are hard to recommend to the actual audience she wrote for.

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Silver Ravenwolfs book Teen witch was first pagan book I bought about 10 (?) year ago, and it was very easy to read for someone who is young (and doesn´t read english very well).

Teen Witch is one of the most problematic of her books on Wicca. Telling teens to lie to their parents about what they are doing is simply wrong. While she talks a lot about the Wiccan Rede in her books, some of the spells she gives could really only be uased to violate it. Some of the spells she gives are apparently based on bad mythological information. I believe one even involves torturing a faerie. Overall, I'm just not impressed.
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« Reply #3: January 25, 2008, 08:04:32 am »

What do you think about Silver Ravenwolf´s books? Everybody is allways criticisen them, but I have allways found them very entertaining. Silver Ravenwolfs book Teen witch was first pagan book I bought about 10 (?) year ago, and it was very easy to read for someone who is young (and doesn´t read english very well).

The problem isn't that they're entertaining- it's that her ethics are extremely bad.  In Teen Witch, she talks about invoking frost giants (a VERY BAD group according to mythology) and otherwise has spells that are of really bad ethics.  She likes to combine things that just don't go together and takes a very "momma knows best" attitude with people.

There are lots of problems with her work, I'm afraid.  And entertaining doesn't take the place of right.
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« Reply #4: January 26, 2008, 08:18:49 pm »

What do you think about Silver Ravenwolf´s books? Everybody is allways criticisen them, but I have allways found them very entertaining.
Hmm, as comedy.  If you take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy it for the light-hearted and misinformed giggle that it is then I can see how it's enjoyable.  I have never bought one because as soon as I saw the formats of the books, coupled with that name, I knew it wasn't my thing.  But I've taken a look whilst in the book shops and I have to say that if I had a child and they expressed an interest in any Pagan denomination I would make sure that books by Silver Ravenwolf had no part in their study on the subject.
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« Reply #5: January 27, 2008, 10:14:15 am »

I believe one even involves torturing a faerie.

What?!?! Shocked  Wow, that is just...wow.  Why would anyone do that?  To even suggest that is downright stupid and potentially dangerous.  Ya know, I think she goes to bed every night thinking, "Gee, I wonder what I'm going to write about in my next book", then has some crazy mixed-up dream...and writes what she saw.

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« Reply #6: January 27, 2008, 01:15:56 pm »

I believe one even involves torturing a faerie.

Dagnabbit, I have prided myself in the fact that I have never read a $RW book in my life, now I am going to have to go read that book just for that little treasure, hahah!

No seriously, if we leave the elementals out of it (boggarts, brownies, nyx etc.) out of it, the actual "Fae" are a downright nasty bunch (to a greater of lesser extent), physical harm oft crosses my mind when it comes to dealing with that lot. I am now very interested on her take, even if it is just to ensure I keep the value of my shares in Tena Ladies nice and high!
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« Reply #7: January 30, 2008, 07:45:27 am »

No seriously, if we leave the elementals out of it (boggarts, brownies, nyx etc.)


Nyx is an elemental Huh??

All this time I thought she was a goddess....oh dear, has Hesiod led me wrong again? :-P
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« Reply #8: January 30, 2008, 08:06:50 am »

Nyx is an elemental Huh??

All this time I thought she was a goddess....oh dear, has Hesiod led me wrong again? :-P

Last time I checked, Night wasn't an element. Now Darkness/Shadow might be considered one but that is more like Erebus.
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« Reply #9: January 30, 2008, 08:07:56 am »

Nyx is an elemental ?? ?? ?

Not in Greek view of things. I can't speak for the Celtic, of course.
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« Reply #10: January 30, 2008, 09:40:40 am »

Not in Greek view of things. I can't speak for the Celtic, of course.
I'm wondering if the poster was using that word ("nyx") as an alternate plural for "nixie." Not that I've heard of it used that way, ever, but I could see it being done (rightly, wrongly, or indifferently).
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« Reply #11: January 30, 2008, 11:52:42 am »

I'm wondering if the poster was using that word ("nyx") as an alternate plural for "nixie."

Exactly, you have *a* Nixie or *many* Nyx; I must admit I haven't heard many others use it in this context (a few locals only, so maybe it is a regional colloquialism) , but most people get my drift.

Edited to Add: Just remembered that a Nix or Nixe is the germanic version so perhaps that is where it came from?
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« Reply #12: January 30, 2008, 12:37:55 pm »

Dagnabbit, I have prided myself in the fact that I have never read a $RW book in my life

That makes 2 of us, I have never read any of her books, and i have never heard anything really positive about her books, then again she is only saying her view, I wonder if shes actually done proper research and spoke to anyone but her cliche.  I know many people have asked me about her and many teens have joined on pf thinking what they have read in her books are true, they never like the fact that things like lieing to your folks abd love spels (ones effectin a persons free will) are frowned upon by many on the pagan paths
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« Reply #13: January 30, 2008, 03:50:30 pm »

Dagnabbit, I have prided myself in the fact that I have never read a $RW book in my life,

I've read bits of them.  I've read bits of most authors that get soundly panned around here, often after the panning.

I have a taste for the 'simply bad'.  Bad movies, bad music, bad books.  I can't often make myself go through the whole thing, but I dip and I sample, and I store up examples that amuse me.

I also stalk trolls across the net when I can.  Reading them often amazes me, and it is interesting in the ones whose pasts are trackable to see what turned them into trolls, if not just their own nature.  Similarly, with the SRWs of the world it is interesting to try to tell when they departed from sincerity to selling books.  I've heard that her earlier books weren't as bad as her later ones.

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« Reply #14: January 30, 2008, 06:08:31 pm »

Exactly, you have *a* Nixie or *many* Nyx; I must admit I haven't heard many others use it in this context (a few locals only, so maybe it is a regional colloquialism) , but most people get my drift.

I've never seen that usage before. I learned something new today.
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