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Book reviews

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This is a quick note: Despite the welcome publicity I often get, and good feedback from people like you, my books have only a couple of reviews on amazon.com and none on amazon.co.uk. This way, they never show up prominently in searches or recommendation algorithms. So if you've read one or more of my books, I'd much appreciate it if you could write a quick review on one of those sites!

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Enchantment

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When young, we were all familiar with the enchanted places of fairy tales. Even as adults, we still hear others alluding to some special places in the world as being somehow 'enchanted', which we take to be some kind of metaphor. But what is enchantment? What do people mean when they say that a place is 'enchanted'? As someone who was indoctrinated into a very rationalistic, analytic, even cynical way of relating to reality, I've only come to develop a sense for enchantment later in life. To me, enchantment means many different, yet related things.
Once, while playing a game of chess with an old, very traditional, wooden chess set, I had the sense that the pieces came alive at some point. It coincided with my intuitively sensing (though not really seeing or calculating) a forced mate combination several moves ahead, which assured me of victory. As I begun to play the moves out on the board, the pieces became a living, breathing army, resolutely marching towards the…