In the second book of the Homecoming series card further develops Humanities refuge from the Earth they destroyed, Harmony. The Oversoul grows weaker,...moreIn the second book of the Homecoming series card further develops Humanities refuge from the Earth they destroyed, Harmony. The Oversoul grows weaker, the charismatic Moozh takes control of Basilica, and Wetchik and his sons, with the help of Rasa and her allies have their hands full preparing the arc and trying to stay alive.(less)
I read this book after months of prodding by my deeply religious mom. Ever want to know what the bible says about heaven or hell? What does it say abo...moreI read this book after months of prodding by my deeply religious mom. Ever want to know what the bible says about heaven or hell? What does it say about where great grandpa is after he died? Was my dad lying when he told me that my first dog had gone to heaven after it was killed by a drunk driver? Perry Stone knows the answers and is prepared with the chapter and verse to back his opinions. I found this a difficult read. The sequence of chapters seemed jumbled and I didn't think the writing was anything to write home about. Stone fortunately included an extensive list of chapter notes at the end of the book to remind me where I was and help me to understand where he was taking me along this zig-zag path to understanding Stone's understanding of the secrets beyond the grave. Bible verses and a few near death experiences of others are shared and implied to be evidence in support of Stone's positions. It would be fun to sit down with a group that also read this book to debate and discuss the content and messages. Of course the axiom is that to enjoy this work one must first accept that the bible (new and old testaments)are divinely inspired and that at least a few parts are meant to be taken literally. Okay I told mom I would read this book and now I'm good to my word.(less)
A cross between Alice in Wonderland and anything by Richard Bach. A man takes a nasty fall and tumbles down the rabbit hole leading to a spiritual jou...moreA cross between Alice in Wonderland and anything by Richard Bach. A man takes a nasty fall and tumbles down the rabbit hole leading to a spiritual journey. story telling is not great but entertaining.(less)
In the first book of the Homecoming series Card sets the stage for another multi-part saga where politics, religion (of sorts) and the idiosyncrasies...moreIn the first book of the Homecoming series Card sets the stage for another multi-part saga where politics, religion (of sorts) and the idiosyncrasies of human nature are explored and sometimes dissected. The Homecoming series takes place on the planet Harmony. Harmony is a peaceful planet that is carefully guided by the Oversoul, a sophisticated computer network created more than 40 million years before to watch over humanity in an attempt to protect humanity from itself.
Houston we have a problem!
The Oversoul grows old and it's circuits aren't what they use to be. It's power over mankind and ability to control the thoughts of humans is failing. As a result of these failings, humanity slowly slips into it's comfort zone, those with ambition begin to seek wealth and domination.
In an attempt to preserve humanity the Oversoul selects a few to help prepare an Eden of sorts where humanity can begin anew.(less)
Favorite Quote: "Time is a river...and books are boats. Many volumes start down that stream, only to be wrecked and lost beyond recall in its sands. O...moreFavorite Quote: "Time is a river...and books are boats. Many volumes start down that stream, only to be wrecked and lost beyond recall in its sands. Only a few, a very few, endure the testings of time and live to bless the ages following."
I learned some about architecture in Washington DC, Freemasonry, magic squares and other esoteric societies. I also learned the origin of using the word "Sincerely" (without wax) at the end of a letter.
The book started out slow, writing was brilliant in parts and mediocre in others. I did enjoy the last chapters of the book. It was at about chapter 120 (yes 120!) where the story took on a more honest approach to the theological aspects of mysticism.(less)
The Stranger is my introduction to Camus but not to the ideals of existentialism. I read this book while sitting in my car in the parking lot of a par...moreThe Stranger is my introduction to Camus but not to the ideals of existentialism. I read this book while sitting in my car in the parking lot of a park. The day was a bit cool (glad it wasn't humid) and so no one else was at the park. That is to say, it was only the stranger and I there that day. I had put off reading Camus for years because many had told me that the reading was difficult and that understanding the meaning was even more difficult. They compared it to Ulysses. As I worked my way through chapter one I asked myself if I had the right book or a terrible translation of the original text. The sentences were short and childlike and the tone was reminiscent of The Catcher in The Rye. I honestly considered abandoning the book after completing chapter 3 but lunch was only half over and I hadn't brought a backup book. Okay I get it, Meursault is mentally challenged. I read chapter four and five secure with the understanding that I was reading a book about a mentally retarded man and his struggles to get through life. If this book didn't get better soon I would get home and remove all Albert Camus books from my "to read" list.
Wait!! Did Meursault just kill a man for no reason?? What the heck??
I decided to reread this chapter after determining that I must have missed something. Was I really reading the words or was my mind drifting while I read what I was sure were the meaningless meandering wanderings of a simpleton as he stumbled through life.
Chapter six was powerful when read with the foreknowledge that a man would be murdered out in the open for no apparent reason.
I closed the book, opened my mind and started again with the first sentence of the book.
"Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know..".
I stopped and took another bite of my sandwich . . .How could he not know what day she died? I could remember the date and time of day that loved ones of mine had died. This was his mother for Christ sake!
I read on realizing that the culmination of these simple sentences was painting a picture of the life of a man without goals, ambition or hope. How sad! The sentences while short were powerful and descriptive. This was art!
I devoured the rest of the book while I finished my lunch determined to do what I could to make my life and those around me meaningful. The ideas and themes described in this short, seemingly simple book will remain with me well beyond the time I post this review. I’m moving Albert Camus books up on my queue of “to read” books.(less)
A very, very long book. In fact, it’s so long that even the verses are numbered. I think their numbered so you don’t lose your place when you put the...moreA very, very long book. In fact, it’s so long that even the verses are numbered. I think their numbered so you don’t lose your place when you put the book down to break bread or something. In summary, it’s a collection of stories about an angry and pissed off God and his magician son. I’m a wine maker and one of the reasons I picked this up was the hope of learning how to change ordinary water into wine. This was a trick that the magician son was very fond of. I was relieved to find out how simple the trick really was. All one had to do was to “go with the flow”. . . relinquish control of one’s life and decisions and just “let go and let God”. In my excitement, I rushed to the kitchen and dug thru the cabinets until I found a clear, Tupperware bowl. I grabbed a paper towel and whipped the dust from inside the bowl and filled it with tap water. Every nerve in my body was tingling with the knowledge that I had found the secret and would soon have wine in abundance. I sat on the kitchen floor, crossed my legs and placed the Tupperware bowl full of water on the floor in front of me. Then I did the magic and began to pray. I prayed for like ten minutes when the phone rang. I jumped up, answering on the second ring, and was enthusiastically relaying to my friend how I had turned water into wine when I looked into the bowl and added “white wine”. Okay I didn’t really like white wine buy hey, beggars couldn’t be choosy right? I reached down, with the phone held against my ear and with the other hand dipped one finger into the wine, lifting it to my tongue for a taste. I was disappointed to learn that that I had failed my wine making attempt. Despite following all the steps, my miracle hadn’t happened. My friend, hearing the disappointment in my voice suggested I might need to go to church to learn the secret. Then she invited me to join her at BevMo, reminding me that they were having their 5 cent wine sale. Oh well, I like red wine anyway.(less)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a cult phenomenon. I decided to reread this novel after reading the Christopher Moore book Fool. Moore mention...moreThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a cult phenomenon. I decided to reread this novel after reading the Christopher Moore book Fool. Moore mentioned Adams in the Author’s Note at the end of the novel. Rereading this as an adult was an interesting experience. Perhaps the popularity of the work is due to the ideas communicated rather than the beauty of the writing. The book is a funny (if you are into British humor), entertaining, quick read. Douglas Adams does know how to tell an entertaining tale.(less)