I wonder why so many members point to Scott Cunningham for new starters? Cunningham wrote around fifty books, mainly on solitary practise; and influenced by such as Buckland,Raven Grimassi, and Donald Kraig.
I have read a few of Cunningham's books, and they are very well written. But he wrote a lot in a very short life! He was only 36 when he died! And his books were of his opinions; and fair enough.But why start with Cunningham? Why not start with the original? The writings of Gardner,Valiente,Sanders?
Ignoring the original is like studying Christianity by ignoring the Bible, or Islam by ignoring the Koran!
Read Cunningham, by all means, but read the others first!