23.5 Degrees: The Kabbalah Code by James Twyman Comments - Mania.com


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ProfessorW 8/1/2009 12:20:01 AM

Great review.  It sounds as though this scribbling belongs - with so many others - on the dung-heap initiated by Mr B.  I think I'll stick with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!  At least it doesn't pretend to be more than it is.

All our thoughts, I'm sure, will be with Our Lady of the Snows this year!


GIJew 8/1/2009 2:15:47 PM

Another pos written by someone that thinks he's the Maharal reborn. Reminds me of Revolver and its agonizingly inane plot.

Rosenbaum 8/1/2009 6:24:07 PM

Of course, it's too late now to correct historical errors, but here's a mid eighteenth century map of the no longer extant island referred to as the Ile aux/des Juifs, Ile des Javiaux and Ile Louvier:



StellaMaris 8/2/2009 2:40:29 AM

Brace yourself, GIJew... it's gonna get worse. There are at least two more books being written around this theme that I know of. The Kabbalah, especially the later Christian Kabbalah is going to become the new "in" theme in this genre after we've been pummelled with Freemasonry when Dan Brown's book is released in Sept. 

This is one of the reasons why Chip asked me to come back to Mania - so that I could write about this material BEFORE it started being published. That's why a lot of what I'm writing doesn't make any sense, because most of it hasn't happened yet...

Rosenbaum - sorry, you've got the wrong side of the Ile de la Cite, you need to go west to find the Isle of the Jews, which was later fused with the Ile de la Cite. 

What you've got there are the two islands which later became the Ile Saint Louis (which was originally used to graze cows). 

The Ile Saint Louis enters our story later on, in a very interesting manner...

Rosenbaum 8/2/2009 3:30:03 AM

 Stella, you're absolutely right!  Wikipedia misled me:


Various (unreliable) Internet sources assume Ile des Juifs = Ile des Javiaux = Ile Louvier.  I now appreciate that these assumptions are no more than the deposits left by the previous occupants of the Ile des Javiaux and the Ile Louvier/Ile des Vaches!

As a result I have forfeited my right ever again to cock a snook at D. Brown for placing Versailles north of Paris!

StellaMaris 8/3/2009 12:15:05 AM

Rosie, I think you've just demonstrated why it's a bad idea for an author to Google their research. It's always better to write about something that you have firsthand experience of... 

Rosenbaum 8/3/2009 12:00:52 PM

 QED,  as the Ancient Greeks used to say.  But doesn't my gaffe mean that I am ideally qualified to write second-rate, second-hand "historical" fiction?  The Roman philosopher, Socrates, once wrote: I know that I know nothing.  I thought of changing that to: I write because I know nothing.  Do you think I could get published?

RogerXXII 8/4/2009 9:45:38 PM

 I wish it were legal to chain certain authors to a post, say on the parvis de Notre Dame, and pelt them with pulped copies of their literary turds.


As they used to say back home...  "Il y a des claques qui se perdent"

ProfessorW 8/5/2009 11:37:26 PM

 Roger's comment reminded me of one of the earliest reviews of Wagner (of whose music I am, incidentally, a fan!):

"There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal."

- The National Paris 1850

However, I suspect that only writer of quality historical fiction who will be read in a 150 years' time will be Piedmontese...

sfkhooper 2/13/2010 3:02:21 PM

Thank you, Stella, for this frank review of the Twyman offering. I was considering purchasing this book as a gentle introduction to Kabbalah, but I see now this might not be the best course to take. As a staunch atheist I have always put my "faith" in science although as a youth I suspected there was something profoundly connective about vibrations or frequencies, so I flirted with spiritulism for a short while many years ago. Recent quantum discoveries have brought me back to the search for a truth and I am fascinated by the fact that so many recent discoveries seem to be common knowledge to those that have studied The Kabbalah. So, author and contributors, I ask of you all, is there a text that could be recommended as an introduction to the Kabbalah?

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