A sci fi noir, seasoned with a dash of Lovecraft and a whiff of Lonesome Dove.
The author has written many scenes of a fantastical nature. Being able to listen to the narrative without the distraction of the printed page allows these sequences to develop fully in the mind's eye. By contrast, there are also many "teaching moments" that are best absorbed from the printed page. In my opinion, the audio version compliments the printed version.
While the book starts with verifiable history — the story of Mary Bliss Parsons — and moves to contemporary reality — a moment in the life of the author — the story progresses more along the lines of The Chronicles of Narnia as Mary introduces herself to Din. He is presented with a series of events and encounters that provide lessons and insight into the true nature of the universe, the fate of humanity, and what can be done to change that fate. In that sense, The Strong Witch Society is somewhat like The Celestine Prophecy except that the lessons and directions are more tangible and practical.
I loved the scene where the garden came alive. I will leave it to the reader to find out exactly what that means, but it was delightful.
I don't think I would call my reaction extreme, but I was left with a renewed appreciation for the depth and complexity of this planet we live on, and an increased resolution to pay attention to what lies beyond our vision.
I am not sure what the previous reviewer, Rob, found to be so viscerally objectionable in this book. The existence of Mary Bliss Parsons is a fact, as is the author's connection to her. What follows is a series of observations, lessons, and insights that, while one may not like them or may disagree with them, cannot be simply dismissed. Indeed, the pages are filled with practical advice for a better life.
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