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What struck me first about The Flowering Rod was the small font that was used.   This caused more work than necessary to get through it.   I found that I was concentrating more on getting through it than was actually trying to be communicated which caused me to read sections over again to get to the meat of the matter.
 
The contents seemed to be scattered and not very well organized.  I found the subject jumping from one subject to another without a real flow from one idea to another.  Another problem was that there was a little portion of a lot of information.  While it didn’t give me *all* the information, it did wet my interest a bit to go searching for more information on the items that I was interested in.
 
Once you get past those hurdles and actually get into the meat and bones of this book, there is some good history in there and some good reasons why things are done the way they are done.  I wish the bibliography was a bit more comprehensive and maybe some footnotes on exactly where information came from because there were some areas where I would have liked to do a bit more research and find out where they got the information they used.
 
One of my favorite parts of the book was the “In Men’s Lives” portions of each of the Sabbats.   It gave another look at how and why we, as men, can and do celebrate.  While I didn’t agree with everything that was said, I did enjoy the different perspective.
 
Overall, there was some good information in this book but I wasn’t enthused with the layout.  Not sure if I would read it again or even use it as reference material.  It was more work than the information was
worth.
 

~review by Leon


Author: Kenny Klein
Megalithica Books, 2009
200 pages, $20.99

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