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message 1: by Brad (new)

Brad I wish you could remember that other book too. I'd like to read that.

message 2: by Miriam (last edited Dec 28, 2010 07:17AM) (new)

Miriam did you know the U.N. is apparently a tool for the anti-Christ?

Well, sure. That's in the UN Charter and everything.
Nobody reads the fine print...

Oh, could the alternate book you're thinking of be The Third Millenium?

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Miriam: No that's not the book, although it already sounds more interesting than this schlock. I should have added that the UN is evil because it unites the nations together as one. Oh, of course, divisiveness and infighting is so much better.

Brad: I didn't say it was good, just that it wasn't as awful. ;)

message 4: by Brad (new)

Brad Oh I know, but these kooky books always give me a sort of strange thrill. I thought it would be fun to read and compare.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) I know what you mean. It's kind of like getting a peek inside the head of someone insane.

message 6: by Tim (new)

Tim I can see why he became your ex. Imagine only ever reading drivel like this.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Lol. 8 years ago left me for the 18 year old next door (he was 36) who previously thought she was a lesbian. They still live with her mom. They really are a perfect match. She has much more personality than he has now and we get along fine online. He had all his teeth removed shortly before we broke up and he never wears dentures. He looks like an old man. I picked a real winner. :)

message 8: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes I read most of the books in the series just to see what the crazies believe will happen. It was both amusing and alarming. I rather enjoyed the action-adventure aspect. It summoned early Robert Heinlein for me.

I had a GR-friend whose uncle told her that Obama was the anti-christ and she accepted that. Needless to say, we are GR-friends no longer.

message 9: by Kelly H. (Maybedog) (last edited Apr 29, 2012 05:19AM) (new)

Kelly H. (Maybedog) You are braver than I. It was all I could do to get through the first one!

Heinlein is an interesting comparison. I din't see the similarities in writing but there's another way I see it: Heinlein was my favorite author from 7th grade through college when I finally couldn't reconcile his politics with my own. My review of Stranger in a Strange Land explains some oft love/hate affair with him. If you're interested:
I don't know if I would still like his work if I read it now.

message 10: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Sounds like the real bravery is yours, Kelly.

I have only a dim recollection of Stranger, other than a memory of it as ground-breaking mind-bending in a variety of ways,including views of religion and sexuality. There is a gung-ho, we're-all-in-it-together attitude, and a lack of questioning in much of Heinlein's earlier work, that strikes me as a weird combination of peppiness and fascism. That Heinlein roomed with L. Ron Hubbard adds spice. It is that pep and single-mindedness, in addition to the action-packed approach, that caused me to think of Heinlein while reading Left Behind. I actually found the books goofy fun, as long as I kept my tiny brain from holding the parallel information that there are actual human beings who believe this is the literal truth.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) You pegged it. I didn't know he roomed with Hubbard. That explains a lot about the latter.

I am very interested in religion. I'm fascinated by people who are capable of belief. People like the fans of these books give me the creeps but a lot of people find peace and solace faith. It intrigues me. The more I learn the less I can relate to it but I want to learn more. Recently I read a number of books on Mormonism. I found it bizarre but I couldn't stop reading. I have a Master's in religion & culture which I initially started because of my interest in Africa tribal beliefs.

But I still couldn't stomach these books. :)

message 12: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes I have not read it all, but I have read a bit of the Book of Mormon (no, not the script for the play) and it struck me as either an acid trip or the outpourings of someone with schizophrenia.

I also share an interest (although I have not really read all that much about it) in spirituality. My take on religion is that it originates in early civilization as a means of controlling the numbers of people who were beginning to congregate, and has always served that purpose, in varying degrees and forms. Really, the opiate of the masses, or, more, a tool by which those in charge control their people.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) I agree its for controlling but I think it's more of a moral code. Cultures believed that people needed to be forced to live moral life--there were consequences if you didn't.

message 14: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Of course it is those in control who define what is moral and what isn't. Maureen Dowd's April 28 piece, Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns offers a contemporary example of this in action.

Kelly H. (Maybedog) That's an excellent article and it makes me really mad. It's also odd that they want anyone from Seattle heading up anything like that. When I was in college the Archbishop for Seattle was defrocked because he allowed a group of gay Catholics to meet in the basement of the cathedral. He refused to remove them so he was removed. Note: defrocked, not just moved like pedophiles. We had a female governor back in the seventies (a republican no less!) and another now on her second term. We are one of the most liberal cities in the country. I would think the Catholic Church would worry that anyone from here was a little tainted. :)

message 16: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Apparently there are some taints they can handle

message 17: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Well, they made the archbishop of San Francisco a cardinal and put him in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, so apparently they don't hold geography against them too heavily :)

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Good point. Maybe it's also a test of faith and resolve. Very Catholic. :)

message 19: by James (new)

James BeauSeigneur Came across your review and I can't help but wonder, was the other book The Christ Clone Trilogy?
In His Image

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Sorry! I somehow missed this. That looks like it could be it but it's been so long I'm not sure. I thought that there was something similar in the other book where the rapture took everyone near the beginning, but I don't know anymore. I'd have to get a copy of that book and start reading it to see, and I just don't have that kind of energy. :) But seriously, thank you for suggesting it.

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