It is astonishing how new 'Yi-Ching' material keeps appearing, some useful, some not (too much of it is a poor rehash of what we aready had, or arbitrary reconstruction).Happily, this new version has an interesting slant - exploring the 'Shamanic' use of the oracle. Although this has entailed the exploration and consultation of ancient sources, in part reconstructing the outlook of an archaic milieu, it actually translates into a very 'hands-on' look at the Yi-Ching.' The contemporary poetry used to punctuate the text at various points could have been a disasterous mismatch, but on the contrary, Jay Ramsey's verses evoke the spirit of the text wonderfully. Exploring the his- torical background to the Yi-Ching is a fascinating enterprise - but, without some feeling for the Yi-ching, as a kind of living, organic entity, 'historical' reconstructions can be hopelessly boring. Martin Palmer - and his collaborators have done a splendid job. Well informed but never ponderous, this is a sensitive and beautifully turned out piece of work.