September 9th, 2005


50 Book Challenge 2005

#12 Voodoo & Hoodoo by Jim Haskins

Interesting to a point. It is mainly a bunch of recipes given to the author by "actual practioners". There is some history, but his disclaimer at the beginning that his reasearch is not of scholarly merit and are simply his impressions takes something away from the book. His history of the beginning of the slave trade to this side of this world reads mostly accurate from what I can remember. He alternates between poo-pooing voodoo and hoodoo in a rather condescending way to embracing it as part of black history in this country. He appears to feel both ways about it and writes in an honest way which shows that. The conjures are interesting, though some are quite repetitive and therefore unnecessary. How to cause unrest and fighting in your neighbors house (in the "to do ill" chapter) is amazingly *the exact same one* as to cause unrest and fighting in a couple's house (in the "in matters of love" chapter). My excitement over the table of contents - eh, forget it. The order is arbitrary and his division of conjuring into those categories is also which he admits in the introduction. *watches my lil bubble burst*

I'll withhold final judgement on the conjures until my other books arrive, especially Cat's book, but at this point I'd say get it from your library and save your dollars. It is a quick read, even when you read all of the tricks, like I did.