This is one of the worst story endings that I've ever had to endure! It's the kind of conclusion that makes your regret that you've s...more**Spoiler Alert**
This is one of the worst story endings that I've ever had to endure! It's the kind of conclusion that makes your regret that you've spent time on the journey to it.
Our heroine battle through some of the most horrific circumstances to only, really, be crushed by them all. Here only redemption is that she can fade into obscurity with the least possible discomfort she can manage. What about the higher purposes of bringing the world to a better place? Well, there's only a sliver of hope for humanity, and maybe the uprising and defeat of the great enemies will produce some good - oh well, time will tell.
What a sad and defeatist view of our struggles through life. Pessimism and cynicism are a crushing basis for a worldview! (less)
A children's book of some 670 pages - a massive accomplishment for any child. I generally enjoyed reading the book because it was set in modern Irelan...moreA children's book of some 670 pages - a massive accomplishment for any child. I generally enjoyed reading the book because it was set in modern Ireland, and I was able to imagine the children, Pidge and Brigit, galavanting around the streets of Galway, and struggling through their adventures over the mountains and lakes that I had the opportunity to visit earlier this year (thus, my motive for picking up the book).
On the whole it was a fun read, though slightly tedious because the author piled one episode/scene upon another until it felt like it was just to lengthen the book. Many of the various chapters failed to make much of a contribution to the whole of the story. I find it hard to believe that most children would have had the perseverence to make it to the end.
The ending was fairly satisfying, which makes reading a long book worth the journey. (less)
Lawhead is a master of drawing you into the story HE wants to tell. Very often, I think, we come to a story with ho...moreMy first book to read on Kindle!!!
Lawhead is a master of drawing you into the story HE wants to tell. Very often, I think, we come to a story with how we think it will go - and feel pleasantly surprise or sorrowfully disappointed by the journey. I've learned, with Lawhead, to allow him to tell his story, and I'm never disappointed.
The very idea of a map made of human skill is a thought most revolting. But with this story I am now convinced that, given the enormous importance of the map for the human race, these was no other way.
And now for a discursive monologue: I've forgotten how much I hate reading a trilogy or quintology(?), without the whole story being complete. I lose the excitement and momentum between books. I'm now one book into the five book series of the BRIGHT EMPIRE series. God only knows when the rest will be available. By the time the story's journey is complete I'll have forgotten all of the important details. Maybe I'll have to re-read the books every time a new one comes out - maybe not so bad!
The whole idea that there are alternate realities that affect one another is a thought most difficult to get my mind wholly around. And yet, it is intriguing. Clearly, from a biblical worldview, reality is made up of more that our physical, experiential comprehension. And we know that heaven is a reality that impacts our world. Do we dare to imagine a created omniverse in which various universes have multiple connections to one another? Are the past and future present realities in some sense? We know that God inhabits all of time simultaneously. Has he given us access to all of these realities? If so, what are the consequences in the hands of evil men?
My brother-in-law recommended and loaned this book to me. It was not until 3/4 through that I came to understand that it is longer multi-part story -...moreMy brother-in-law recommended and loaned this book to me. It was not until 3/4 through that I came to understand that it is longer multi-part story - realizing that there is no way the story can resolve itself. Now I have learned that it has four published volumes and three more planned. Bummer - I hate waiting for authors to write. I'm tempted to stop reading it because that means I have years before it will see it to completion.
But, alas, that would go against my motto to enjoy the journey of a story - not just its consummation.
A game of thrones is a complex work, with each chapter entitled by one of the characters in the story. I'm not convinced that I like this approach to story telling because sometimes it is difficult to see the story arch. However, after reading nearly 1000 pages I think I have an idea of what is going on - but I don't have a clue where I am going. Additionally, its a little hard to tell who the protagonists are.
But in keeping with my motto, I'll let the story tell itself! We'll see what happens.(less)
I read this sometime in my early high school years. It is one of the earliest science fiction books I ever read. I was mesmerized by the images that i...moreI read this sometime in my early high school years. It is one of the earliest science fiction books I ever read. I was mesmerized by the images that it invoked in me. I remember it as fascinating and disturbing. (less)
**spoiler alert** MacDonald, famously known as a chief influence of C.S. Lewis, I've always found a bit average. Lilith I found exceedingly tedious an...more**spoiler alert** MacDonald, famously known as a chief influence of C.S. Lewis, I've always found a bit average. Lilith I found exceedingly tedious and frustrating for the first half of the book. I had no idea what the book was about, where it was going and where I had been journeying from. Once I got to the middle I decided that this was probably MacDonald's intention. Life is like that - a journey we seldom really understand as we travel. We don't know our place in this world often times, and understand even less about the world around us and God's purposes.
It turns out that the main character needed to learn to humble himself and learn to die so that he can live. Pity that MacDonald didn't interact with the idea of dying to oneself while we live. He was overcome by the Platonic dualism that asserts that earthly life is merely preparation for heaven and heavenly realities. So much the more interesting and edifying would the book have been if Mr. Vane learned about the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven through his journeys and adventures.(less)