The problem is that even as a beginner, I would have found this frustrating. The tone is a bit pandering, the book assumes the beginner has never encountered any of this stuff or has never heard of any of this stuff, and that’s frustrating. Beginners want to feel smart. They want to feel like they already have something when they’re starting. Many of them are jumping into this stuff because something has already happened to them, and they want to know what it is and how to deal with it. They don’t want three different introductions to the book, they don’t want to be treated like they’re a seven-year-old, they don’t want to be talked down to. They want to be acknowledged as having potential, and then they want to be let onto the path. I don’t know, there’s such a thing as being too welcoming - so much “welcome” and not enough “now let’s get to it”.
It’s obvious this book was written in reaction to the resurgence in magic due to the rise of Harry Potter, and I think that was a wise move, but the tone is like… I don’t know. Like people who read about fiction wizards need to be held by the hand like first-years. Harry Potter was a first-year once and he slew a chunk of Voldemort then. The book was so exciting and engaging partially because Rowling understood that people at first-year Hogwarts age wanted to be taken seriously.
Maybe this will improve once I get to later chapters. I want to know what’s in this book so I’ll know if I should recommend it to MPV’s readers. I wish Cunningham were still alive. He could have contributed so much to this. He had a really good approach for those new to the arts.
I’m sorry you’re not taking to the book :( I can tell you, though, as someone who had no real exposure to Magick pre Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, I really appreciated the foundation work it does in the beginning.
Well… Scratch that - I didn’t appreciate it at the time, of course, heh.. but after being involved in the magickal community on Tumblr, and seeing people either throw around terms, or be afraid of terms, or diluting everything by saying it’s all the same, or trying to make themselves feel more important by saying X is superior to Y… that’s when I really started to appreciate the foundation work the Grimoire, and the early classes at the Grey School, put you though.
A lot of it really is geared toward deprograming movie-sparkle misinformation and rebuilding with a more historical (but far less flashy) picture of Magick and the Magickal Community.
But if you found it overly pedantic, I do apologize for the original suggestion :\