This book is just really funny and it takes place in the area I grew up as a kid. This book hit close to home - in more ways than one. I immensely enjThis book is just really funny and it takes place in the area I grew up as a kid. This book hit close to home - in more ways than one. I immensely enjoyed the story. It was curious that I read this book immediately after finishing The 19th Wife, another novel on polygamy, which also took place in Southern Utah. I often find these connections in life fascinating.
Here are a few favorite passages:
"La la la," he sang. "Do do do." Too busy enjoying his own nudity to notice Golden, the boy rubbed his butt luxuriously along the pine wainscoting and then shimmied to the other side of the room, where he pressed himself into a potted plant. Only when Novella appeared, threatening to tell his mother, did he gallop off around the racetrack, slapping his haunches as he went. ________
Pressing his thighs together so he wouldn't wet his pants, Golden hobbled across the hall and leaned against the doorjamb in a desperate attempt to look casual. He realized he was holding the half-eaten chicken wing right out in the open and in a moment of panic stuffed it into his pocket. ________
For Golden it was hard not to think that there might be something wrong about a household in which the dog was wearing underwear and the children weren't. ________
He tried to shout, Daddy's here! Daddy's here! but all he could get out was the sound a choking person makes: ack. He rushed into the kitchen, his face flushed crimson, going, Ack, ack, ack! and his mother, who thought he was choking, panicked and could think of nothing else to do but slap him smartly across the face. He fell backward against the refrigerator, his face burning, but finally able to say it, in whispery squeak, "Daddy's home!" ________
He offered friendship to everyone who would speak to him, but found no takers. ________
He was a man with a crush on a prostitute, a condom in his wallet, and gum in his pubic hair -- what could it all mean? ________
Golden had to wonder, as they drove along the fence that stretched north and south into separate infinities, how Nelson ever managed, with those stubby dinosaur arms sticking out of his torso at a forty-five-degree angle, to button his own pants. ________
Most people liked this book better than the first one, but I'm going to be the odd one out and say I liked the first one better :-) I listened to mostMost people liked this book better than the first one, but I'm going to be the odd one out and say I liked the first one better :-) I listened to most of this book on Audiobook - only actually read a few chapters in print while I was waiting for the library CD copy. It annoyed me to hear: "Kendra said.", "Seth said.", "Woozit interjected.", "So N.So exclaimed." etc. frequently throughout portions of dialogue.
I loved this book. Fablehaven is the the best childrens book I've read in a while. I enjoyed the Merlin Missions of The Magic Treehouse series and havI loved this book. Fablehaven is the the best childrens book I've read in a while. I enjoyed the Merlin Missions of The Magic Treehouse series and have also recently enjoyed the Dragon Keepers series by Kate Klimo. The Fablehaven series is now complete - so I'm looking forward to reading them over the summer with my children. I also plan to read Mull's The Candy Shop War.
"Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others." -Fablehaven, Chapter 9
As a side note, Fablehaven is published by Shadow Mountain, Shadow Mountain is a non-LDS division of Deseret Book owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Shadow Mountain arranged with Simon & Schuster to reach a larger audience). Reading Fablehaven, I couldn't help but pick up on some similarities to LDS doctrines, when it comes to authority, rules, etc. Here are just a few examples from Fablehaven:
"No mythology or religion that I know of holds all the answers. Most religions are based on truths, but they are also polluted by the philosophies and imaginations of men." -Fablehaven, Chapter 7
"My authority is the same as my husband's. In his absence , I am indeed the caretaker. I invite you to leave and never return." -Fablehaven, Chapter 13
"New crimes will entail new punishments." "Don't provoke new enmity. Depart in peace." "Your actions require retribution." "I have commanded you to depart. Your defiance is an act of war." -Fablehaven, Chapter 13
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. -SAINT AUGUSTINE
A fascinating work. Having been born andFaith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. -SAINT AUGUSTINE
A fascinating work. Having been born and raised in St. George, Utah, this was very interesting to me on a personal level. This is two books in one (The 19th Wife and Wife #19), and the stories are connected. This is the first book I have read by the author. I will probably need to read The Danish Girl. The 19th Wife is quite impressive.
One thing I didn't quite understand was the author's need to change some location names, but leave some as they really are. Hilldale becomes Mesadale, Washington County becomes Lincoln County, St.George Boulevard becomes St. George Avenue. No changes were made to the names of locations such as Kanab, Cedar City, St.George, Hurricane, Snow Canyon etc.
Favorite Quote from the book: The LDS Church has been so intent on distancing itself from polygamy; on letting the world know that we stand adamantly and unequivocally opposed to the institution, that we have ignored its actual role in our own history. By repeating the message "That has nothing to do with us!" we inadvertently minimize the effects it played on our early members, especially its women.
Chris Heimerdinger is a great author. His "Tennis Shoes" books are better but this story is still worth reading. I found Passage to Zarahemla especialChris Heimerdinger is a great author. His "Tennis Shoes" books are better but this story is still worth reading. I found Passage to Zarahemla especially intriguing because the story takes place in Southern Utah - Leeds to be exact and deals with Lee Instruments where my sister got her violin. This book has been made into a movie (I haven't seen it). A good, easy read but not quite as good as Tennis Shoes :-)...more
An easy read and a nice little story, but better for younger audience (ages 10-13). Doesn't even come close to the great "Tennis Shoes" series. The enAn easy read and a nice little story, but better for younger audience (ages 10-13). Doesn't even come close to the great "Tennis Shoes" series. The ending of the book was interesting about the Family Tree of Lehi, but that's about all that was real impressive....more
Chris Stewart writes a good intense story. The author has written fiction for a general audience (non-LDS) and they have been national best-sellers, bChris Stewart writes a good intense story. The author has written fiction for a general audience (non-LDS) and they have been national best-sellers, but I haven't read any of those books.
This was not quite as thought provoking as volume one and I had to skip a couple of pages when it came to the drawn-out rock climbing scene. Still, this series is among the best of LDS fiction and readers feel a connection to the characters....more