Okay, I'm new to this community and a bit rubbish at explaining stuff, so please forgive the rather pants reviewing skills!
Voodoo Rituals; a user's guide
Author; Heike Owusu
This book is primarily aimed at beginners but is also useful for those who would like a basic understanding of Voodoo. It covers everything from the Loa (gods) to making, charging and the use of various magic aids such as wands, mirrors and masks. Also included are types of doll magic a section on demons, elemental and sphere creatures and sections on "magic exercises" (basically how to get into the right state of mind to work magic, how to do claivoyance etc) and working magic which includes things like knitting and weaving magic.
The good bits; despite being titled voodoo rituals the stuff it describes can easily applied to any tradition and most of it can be done, should you want, by yourself in your kitchen/workspace. Everything is easy to understand without being patronizing and the author doesn't shy away from the topic of bokors (black magic practitioners) and includes the kind of things they use and how to defend against them, which makes a refreshing change from the usual "all witches are good and any witch who does a bad thing isn't a witch" rubbish you often get from books dealing with witchcraft/wicca/paganism. It was also a pleasant surprise to discover that a voodoo practitioner uses many of the thigns found normally in "western" traditions such as runes.
The bad bits; Voodoo itself is an umbrella term used to label many different religions including Santeria and Palo mayombe, and to be honest the sheer scale of voodoo means that everything is straight to the point with no historical references and few explanations as to how or why things are the way they are. Also, if you're expecting an explanation of the beliefs and practices of Santeria and New Orleans/ Haitian type voodoo you're going to be sorely disappointed as Haitian voodoo only gets the odd mention and Santeria gets no look in at all!
In summary then, if you're curious to know what your voodoo counterpart gets up to of a quiet afternoon, would like to read something that isn't from the usual western P.O.V or would like to learn something new to suplement what you already know then this book would be useful. If you are looking for something seriously in depth on the subject on voodoo then i'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere.