First up, Mircea Eliade’s Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religions. I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed in this book. I shouldn’t have been, because he himself pointed out in the introduction that the book was a collection of unfinished essays and a conference paper or two. Consequently, the lack of detail and real working with the ideas or concepts wasn’t there that I was hoping for. Basically it just touched on some ideas and then moved on really quickly. The level of connections just weren’t there.
I’ll be honest, I’m starting to see that specific lack in A LOT of academic myth writing lately. There’s a very heavy dependence on repeating things ad nauseum to make a point rather than actually leading the reader through the logic. Can’t say I’m a fan, and it seems that the 50s/60s are the worst of it, though there are A LOT of problem sin the late 80s and 90s too.
Anyway, moving on to Peter Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. This book deserves to be a classic. I liked the style shifts on occasion throughout and there wasn’t too much time wasted jabbering about internal thoughts/feelings/etc. The plot moved at a good clip, and I really liked the ending. It wasn’t a traditional “happy ending” but it worked very well for the rest of the story. The Additional “Coda” was really great and helped wrap up the story even better. I’d suggest picking up the eBook version.