Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Carma Reads: On my Nightstand

This month's selections represent another odd mix. I've been reading The Night Following by Morag Joss and a non-fiction selection: Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.




The Night Following was very dark. It left me with a sense of foreboding every time I put it down. It is basically the story of a woman who commits a hit and run, killing a woman who was riding on her bicycle. Instead of confessing to the crime, she decides to look after the elderly widower who was left alone after his wife was killed. She starts by visiting the man's yard under cover of night, and observing him from a distance. She eventually moves into the shed out back and then begins doing chores for the man while he is upstairs and she is out of sight downstairs. He thinks it is dead wife who is taking care of him and he leaves her notes.
The book is really a story inside a story, since his wife was writing a book at the time of her death, and portions of that story are interspersed throughout the novel. Both the novel and the story within have a creepy element to them. Both are disturbing, but the author weaves everything together in such a way that it keeps the reader guessing and hoping for answers.








I picked up the Reiki guide after attending a seminar at my local library. I have always been intrigued with non-traditional healing arts. Since I am not the most touchy-feely person, I was a bit apprehensive and my inner skeptic told me it was a bunch of bunk, but I wanted to explore Reiki further. I discovered that Reiki treatment is a series of hand placements on specifically targeted areas (on innocuous places like the head -- phew!) and that it is possible to perform Reiki on yourself. Children being so much more open-minded then adults, VC was eager for me to perform the treatment on him....I can't say that any momentous healing has occurred yet, but I understand that it takes practice and repetition. If nothing else, you will gain some relaxation time to de-stress. If you have ever been interested in learning about Reiki, this book has some suggested treatments in the appendix and covers the histoy of Reiki. It is enough to get you started, before you go out and spend big bucks on a Reiki class. It is best approached with a very open mind!


This post was written in conjunction with 5 Minutes for Books. Check out http://www.5minutesforbooks.com/573/nighstand-november/ and see what others are reading this month.



carma


6 comments:

Katrina said...

Hmm... The Night Following does sound both intriguing and creepy at the same time!

Lindsay said...

Wow The Night Following sounds very interesting! I might have to add that to my list of to read.

Nise' said...

Does sound like an interesting book!! Sounds like my massage therapist does some Reiki on me.

Alicia said...

I'm liking 5 Minutes for Books because it's going to expose me to books that I wouldn't think to pick up on my own. Thank you for the reviews!

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Alyce said...

The Night Following sounds creepy and compelling at the same time.

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