Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic

Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic

A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman?s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex. In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision. Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria?s innate skeptici A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman?s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the m...

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Title:Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic
Author:Victoria Loustalot
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B07CYZGZ1N
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:254 pages pages

Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic Reviews

  • Elyssa
    Dec 17, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

  • Johnny
    Feb 12, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

  • Blake
    Dec 10, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

  • Alethea
    Dec 30, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

    Still Crying in their Starbucks Another "crying in my Starbuck's because my candidate lost the election" rant. No growth -- a miserable elitist becomes a miserable elitist, and all the time spent reading this has been wasted. I'm weary of being told that my vote was some sort of mis...

    I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate: -- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters -- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times -- most profound quotes come from other authors -- no throughline or keen takeaw...

    Story loses focus There's little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject. There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to more rambling. She constantly references the Trump/Clinton election and ...

    I was interested based on the book?s description, but realized that the author had no intention of actually writing about the promised topic. Instead, she whined incessantly about Hillary Clinton?s political loss and Trump?s victory. Very glad I didn?t pay for this book ? it ...

  • Roy
    Dec 20, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

  • Tiff
    Dec 28, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

  • Vivian
    Dec 01, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

  • Kathleen
    Mar 15, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

  • Terry
    Dec 25, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

  • Audrey
    Jan 12, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

  • Katie
    Dec 13, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

  • Penny
    Dec 14, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

  • Hillary
    Dec 11, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

  • Molly
    Dec 27, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

  • Trudy
    Dec 03, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

  • Sarah
    Dec 13, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

  • Jackie Van Patten
    Dec 13, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

  • Julia V
    Dec 26, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

  • Nancy Ahyee
    Feb 21, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

    Still Crying in their Starbucks Another "crying in my Starbuck's because my candidate lost the election" rant. No growth -- a miserable elitist becomes a miserable elitist, and all the time spent reading this has been wasted. I'm weary of being told that my vote was some sort of mis...

    I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate: -- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters -- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times -- most profound quotes come from other authors -- no throughline or keen takeaw...

    Story loses focus There's little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject. There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to more rambling. She constantly references the Trump/Clinton election and ...

    I was interested based on the book?s description, but realized that the author had no intention of actually writing about the promised topic. Instead, she whined incessantly about Hillary Clinton?s political loss and Trump?s victory. Very glad I didn?t pay for this book ? it ...

    Loustalot writes of memoirists that ?...writers are often saddled with accusations of narcissism and self-indulgence, what commonly gets overlooked is the tremendous vulnerability that inheres in exposing oneself to the world?s scrutiny.? So true. As a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard,...

    Publisher's description: "In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision. Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria?s innate skepticism. She had to admit ...

  • Jennifer Ferencz
    Jan 10, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

    Still Crying in their Starbucks Another "crying in my Starbuck's because my candidate lost the election" rant. No growth -- a miserable elitist becomes a miserable elitist, and all the time spent reading this has been wasted. I'm weary of being told that my vote was some sort of mis...

    I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate: -- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters -- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times -- most profound quotes come from other authors -- no throughline or keen takeaw...

  • Terry Berger
    Dec 17, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

  • Amanda
    Jan 02, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

    Still Crying in their Starbucks Another "crying in my Starbuck's because my candidate lost the election" rant. No growth -- a miserable elitist becomes a miserable elitist, and all the time spent reading this has been wasted. I'm weary of being told that my vote was some sort of mis...

    I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate: -- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters -- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times -- most profound quotes come from other authors -- no throughline or keen takeaw...

    Story loses focus There's little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject. There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to more rambling. She constantly references the Trump/Clinton election and ...

  • gary a. guetzlaff
    Feb 19, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

    Still Crying in their Starbucks Another "crying in my Starbuck's because my candidate lost the election" rant. No growth -- a miserable elitist becomes a miserable elitist, and all the time spent reading this has been wasted. I'm weary of being told that my vote was some sort of mis...

  • T.B. Cooper
    Dec 04, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

  • Jesse
    Jan 05, 2019

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

    Still Crying in their Starbucks Another "crying in my Starbuck's because my candidate lost the election" rant. No growth -- a miserable elitist becomes a miserable elitist, and all the time spent reading this has been wasted. I'm weary of being told that my vote was some sort of mis...

    I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate: -- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters -- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times -- most profound quotes come from other authors -- no throughline or keen takeaw...

    Story loses focus There's little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject. There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to more rambling. She constantly references the Trump/Clinton election and ...

    I was interested based on the book?s description, but realized that the author had no intention of actually writing about the promised topic. Instead, she whined incessantly about Hillary Clinton?s political loss and Trump?s victory. Very glad I didn?t pay for this book ? it ...

    Loustalot writes of memoirists that ?...writers are often saddled with accusations of narcissism and self-indulgence, what commonly gets overlooked is the tremendous vulnerability that inheres in exposing oneself to the world?s scrutiny.? So true. As a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard,...

  • Bari Dzomba
    Dec 10, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

  • Linda Leenig
    Dec 06, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

  • James Klabunde
    Dec 15, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...

    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn?t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth...

    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endl...

    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle. ...

    1.5 ...

    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn'...

    Disjointed Rambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book. ...

    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself...

    Great writing I loved this book. So much resonated with me. The author has a real gift. I hope she keeps writing. 5stars!!!!i received this book after winning a goodreads giveaway. I will follow the author. ...

    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time. ...

    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect Mate While the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir ...

  • Michael Book
    Dec 24, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

  • Ginnie Scurlock
    Dec 08, 2018

    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon?s First Look promotion. I?ve been studying what the author refers to as ?the woo-woo stuff? since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional ...

    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of conscio...

    Did not finish. This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love. I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay m...

    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, ...

    (Kindle) Good title. Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy. She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? ...

    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place. ...

    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 ...

    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes ...

    From my editor?s letter: In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria?s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out ...

    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how...

    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic?s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn?t really support i...

    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she?s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-r...

    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for ...

    Shortcomings Would have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on. ...