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At first the writing style appeared clumsy, each case was solved and then Dr Tavverner would sit and explain the occult principles or the "message" of each tale. But as the stories progressed they got more interesting and less heavy handed. There are some beautiful, spooky and romantic stories as well as some interesting discussion of the Western Magical Tradition. Having had a background in psychology I found the setting of the psychiatrist as the psychic investigator to be very interesting.
As the author was trained in psychiatry it was a nice juxtaposition between the occult and the modern science. There is also some discussion on the rights of women and ethnic minorities that at first come across as frighteningly racist and sexist but the message that comes across in the end is that those beliefs are incorrect and everyone deserves respect. Despite being a selection of short stories the narrator himself undergoes his own journey.
But I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely read more by this author. The book is written from the point of view of Doctor Rhodes, that becomes a helper at the psychiatric clinic of Doctor Taverner, together they meet peculiar medical cases, that are approached by Taverner with a method different from any existing one at the time the book was written I really enjoyed this book, both as a "novel", as a teaching on the personal inner path Dion Fortune so much wished to bring in her books, and as an account of a different method of approach to certain subjects.
Moriarty, this book will be a pleasure to read whatever your personal belief is, and in any key you like. I truly loved the characters of Dr. These stories are stranger than fiction. That is for sure. In particular, the first story, called Blood Lust, a vampire tale, illustrated to me just how flat that genre has become in modern story-telling.
Much better to deal with it from an etheric point of view. Very other-worldly undertones in these cases that leaves one unsettled at times. These stories are certainly not for everyone.
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