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Now I have a chance to read this book thought I would post up about it.

 

Whilst I enjoyed the book and it has new and interesting bits including a couple of hints and a verse from the fated Dragon Grimoire of Chumbleys yet to be released, it was a bit disappointing in a way. If you are expecting the UV or the AP then you will be too at first.

 

It does have a few stories about personal practice but it can seem to be a retread of poison history from the CS viewpoint if you read it in that first disappointed way. Once you get past that though it is an engaging book, whilst I have a fair amount of some of the history in other books albeit not in a such a lovely prose, it does have a wealth of insights built into them. I like the way each chapter is a complete essay which you can take as individual if you wish or as and when you can flip back and forth between them.

 

There is a interesting chapter on Hecate and poisons, which builds on some Mandrake lore I have in regards to corpses and also in the book discusses the poisons that the human and animal corpse creates and releases including in part the effects. Interesting and I have read bits on this before but not in this detail.

 

The book has given me a few ideas and new directions to go in regarding practise (not in the corpse direction!) but for me strangely rather reading it with Schulke's other books I found that I got more out of it with Pendell's trinity of books.

 

Recommended but just don't expect it to be like his other books.

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Thanks for the review on the book.

 

Was this book on the expensive side as some of the other Schulke's other books are ?

 

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Thanks for the review on the book.

 

Was this book on the expensive side as some of the other Schulke's other books are ?

 

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It's not sold out yet, Ex, so the hardcover is only $40 (the deluxe edition is gone). I'm going to pick it up soon!

 

http://www.threehandspress.com/veneficium.php

 

The expensive copies are what happens when Schulke's work goes to the second-hand market.

 

Thanks for the review, Archabyss!

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It costs less if you can get it from a good bookshop now before they go to secondhand market, someone already has a copy on eBay for 53 which is way more than I paid. Both Xoanon and 3HP books are always reasonable for their standard hardbacks before the secondhand profiteers get their hands on them.

 

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So had anyone else read this book? What do you all think about it? I'm looking at getting it but I'm on the fence.

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I liked Veneficum a lot. I found it a good companion to the grimoires, but it is not a grimoire, but instead it is articles and stories. It is along the lines of the Opuscula Magica series or the Occult Monographs from Three Hands Press rather than the poetic grimoires of Xoanan. Three Hand Press offerings are very different from Xoanan books with a totally different focus and a lower price point!

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