So, a while ago I mentioned that I had started reading "Witch Crafting" by Phyllis Curott, and that I probably wouldn't be reviewing it right away. A review will happen eventually, I think, but not for a while. I wanted the ability to just read and enjoy without critiquing as I went along, and I did. Sort of.
I think I said when I began that I was actually quite enjoying it despite some obvious flaws. As it turns out, it's a pretty awful book. My enjoyment faded and my frustration grew the more I read it. It's part of the whole "Pat yourself on the back, witches is special" breed of Ravenwolf-esque shite that makes me twitch. The main issues, of course: complete unawareness of non-"Wiccan" Paganisms; sexism; basic lack of knowledge on subject matter. (Seriously, some of her errors would be obvious to someone who had only been studying a few months.) Not to say I didn't get anything from it, because I did... but the fact that I got something out of it is more due to the mindframe I was in at the time than anything the book was trying to teach. It's certainly not a book I'd recommend.
But anyway. Now I am done, I can move on to something I plan to very much enjoy: Elves, Wights and Trolls by Gundarsson.
From a first look, it seems a fair bit more practical and hands-on than I anticipated it would be; when I bought it, I thought it was going to be a straight scholarly work. I'm not sure at the moment whether or not I'm pleased that it turned out to be a bit different. I guess pleased... A teeny bit disappointed, in that I was looking forward to a good dive into the scholarly, but also rather chuffed to find a book with a slant towards the scholarly that is written for the believer. Gundarsson uses sources and citations to give basic advice on dealings with these various spirits and entities. A Pagan book full of citations and footnotes? It's true!