They do. They really do. It is rare to find a book that doesn't seem to presuppose that Ásatrú is the only Reconstructionist path, and rarer to find one that isn't rife with editting errors, or flat out misinformation and distortion of fact. They all read like someone's personal blogspot blog(actually a lot of these are at least written without spelling errors and have clickable citations). Even worse, a good chunk of them seem to be largely Germanic Mysticism based and not even Reconstructionist based. I'm reading two books right now...one is a text book, it's okay. The other was written by a Heathen and it's bad. It's unfortunate, especially for newcomers who are looking for something to read so they can learn what it is their respective path does, and how its people think.
I wish I could yell at every person that Krasskova and Edred Thorsson are highly inappropriate and inadequate avenues into Reconstructionism. Edred Thorsson's main background appears to be that of Germanic Mysticism. He also advocates "Odianism", some strange form of mystic NeoPaganism. I don't know about everyone else, but what he does is not Germanic Reconstructionism, and I wouldn't throw two pennies at either of their writings. A lot of these books seem to be flat out about magic too. A cursory look through the list of eponymous "Heathen books everyone talks about" on Amazon will tell you. A lot of them are about magic, and it's usually Occult based and not Recon based. Magic and mysticism and spelling errors are not all Reconstructionist paths have wrought. We need to do better.
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