Yesterday, I was enjoying the journal HUGINN: An alternative Journal of Heathen Viewpoints, which I must be a late comer to since there are three issues out and I hadn’t encountered it before! I was surprised to note two reviews of Hoofprints in the Wildwood in their Midsummer issue (PDF). One is by Steven Sinnott and one by Talas Pái.
Mr.Sinnott doesn’t seem to have liked the book very much, but I thank him sincerely for taking the time to review it. My only point of contention is when he said it appears that I just accepted any submission that came my way to make the book bigger. There was in fact a large number of submissions that didn’t make it in and I felt that those I did include truly belonged and was I proud to have them. None the less I appreciate his viewpoint and the criticism, should I ever do another.
Talas Pái gave a very thorough and in depth review that I thought was quite favorable. Not only did he review the book as a whole, but he commented on many of the individual pieces directly, giving his thoughts on them. His comments were very well thought out, and any criticism he gave I thought was fair. So if you submitted to the book, do go and see his comments!
All in all I’m always surprised to see any mention of the book, especially when I’m just reading for my own leisure and it happens to pop up. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m just a guy who was doing this out of love for his own Deity. I did it with the support of a few good friends who helped me and took their own time to devote to the project, not with a large religious organization of any kind that most devotionals seem to be put out with now a days.
I’ve just encountered HUGINN myself, but it seems to be a very well done journal that I’ll be reading for some time to come! Do check it out! I thank the reviewers for reading the book and taking the time to write their thoughts about it.