This final book in the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis was definitely different than the others. Dr. Ransom is back, but this time he is a minor characterThis final book in the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis was definitely different than the others. Dr. Ransom is back, but this time he is a minor character in a wide story that includes academics, sadists, Merlin, and the rest of England. A battle is brewing between forces of evil and those of good, and one woman seems to be a key to either side finding victory.
Lewis doesn't seem to spend nearly as much time on long conversations in this one, which made it easier to read, but the buildup was so slow that I wasn't really interested until about pg. 150. After that it was a pretty fast ride but I was a little thrown off by the final chapters and didn't feel it was the best way to tie everything up. Overall, though, I liked the book, though I don't think I'll read this trilogy again....more
So, the biggest lesson I got from reading this book is that it is not one to be read right before you go to bed. Perelandra follows the first book inSo, the biggest lesson I got from reading this book is that it is not one to be read right before you go to bed. Perelandra follows the first book in C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet. That book had much shorter chapters and easy to follow dialogue throughout the book. I suppose I was expecting that same pattern, and as a result of reading this right before I went to bed, I really can't do a good job of reviewing it. Perelandra tells of the continuing adventures of Dr. Ransom into space. In this book, he is called to go to Perelandra, or Venus, and there must tackle an evil force greater than any he has faced before. It is up to Dr. Ransom to be an active champion for that planet and try to prevent a Fall similar to the one his own planet experienced.
I really do think I should read this again sometime. There was so much deep dialogue, especially at the end, and I just couldn't keep up. That is sometimes a frustration I have with Lewis, but I still appreciate his work. As I flipped through the next and final book in the trilogy, That Hideous Strength, it looks like he may have heard similar complaints as the long chapters are broken down and the reader is given obvious stopping points. ...more
This book certainly was not what I was expecting. It tells the story of Sierra Madrid (a name I found painful to constantly read), a woman who has itThis book certainly was not what I was expecting. It tells the story of Sierra Madrid (a name I found painful to constantly read), a woman who has it all until her husband decides to take a new job in a city far from their hometown. This event begins a journey down a long road of hurt, betrayal, and redemption. While reading about Sierra's life, we also read along with her as she goes through the diary of an ancestor whose circumstances mirror Sierra's in many ways.
This book was painful for me to read because I have gone through a divorce. If anything, Francine Rivers is the queen of realistically barabed conversations between people in relationship. You can feel the wounds the words inflict, and that is hard to go through as a reader. The first book I noticed this "talent" in was Her Mother's Hope, and at least in that book the pain was worth it in a good story. In this book, the redemption doesn't bring nearly enough soothing to those wounds that the reader has taken, in some degree, with Sierra. I wouldn't say Sierra was worth it as a character to go through that experience with her, if that makes sense.
In other books by this author I have felt an element of spiritual growth, but I cannot say that for this book. This is not one that I'd recommend for another reader....more
I was really disappointed in this book. Dekker has taken the story lines of Black, Red, and White and messed them all up, in my opinion. We're once agI was really disappointed in this book. Dekker has taken the story lines of Black, Red, and White and messed them all up, in my opinion. We're once again plunged into the world of Thomas Hunter and company, but this time some new, diabolical characters have been introduced, much to the detriment of the story, and the same back and forth between "past" and "future" caused the same frustration. In addition to all this, Dekker has added a lot of evil elements that I found rather graphic and over the top: animal sacrifice, vampires, bloodletting and drinking, evil scheming, etc. Afterward I did see that he was showing the difference between the two worlds: in one evil is easily identifiable while not so much in the other, but still, I found myself completely grossed out more often than I would have liked. The book is described as "Book Zero," meaning you can read it before the rest or after, but I think fans should just leave this one alone....more
Once again, Lewis has challenged me. I'm sorry that I read this book before I would go to bed because I feel that I wasn't able to really process whatOnce again, Lewis has challenged me. I'm sorry that I read this book before I would go to bed because I feel that I wasn't able to really process what he was saying. The basis of the book is that a demon uncle, Screwtape, is writing to his nephew, a tempter that, as we can gather from only getting Screwtape's letters, has been assigned to ensure the eternal damnation of a British man in the 40's. I found it fascinating to see Lewis take liberty to explore what the beliefs and tactics of Satan and his demons may be. In one part of the book, not the actual story, Lewis reflects on his process in this and that he'd rather not do it again. I can understand his thinking in that. I found his take on how demons may see love to be very interesting, mainly because he seems to believe that they have no understanding as to what love is. I would think that demons have the best understanding of everything, but I may be wrong. Overall, I enjoyed this and think I will try to read it in the morning next time so I can think on some things....more
I reread this book because it had been a while and I needed something to read. This book tells the story of many characters, the main one being HadassI reread this book because it had been a while and I needed something to read. This book tells the story of many characters, the main one being Hadassah, a young Jewish woman who is caught in the historical events of the Roman Empire. When her entire family is killed in the taking of Jerusalem by Titus, Hadassah is sold as a slave and ends up in the house of a powerful Roman family. We follow other characters as well, including Atretes, a German tribal chief also taken prisoner when his homeland is attacked by Rome, and the various members of the Roman family who own Hadassah.
In rereading this book, I was able to focus more on the writing style and story. When you first read it, you are pulled in and read it quickly to see what happens. In rereading it, you begin to see some of the flaws in the writing. The biggest thing that got to me was the constant mention of a muscle jerking in some young, handsome man's face. You can see Rivers' background as a romance author coming through in a major way in this book and in the rest of the series. This can be unfortunate at times because I feel that it takes away from a deeper level or story-telling that could be more spiritually encouraging. Overall, though, Rivers is still an excellent story-teller and grabs you emotionally. It's worth a reread, as in the first reading I imagine most, like myself, were completely caught up emotionally and weren't able to see deeper themes and lessons....more
I read this book because I got it from the Early Reviewers list. Once again, I was not good about reviewing it right after I read it, so this probablyI read this book because I got it from the Early Reviewers list. Once again, I was not good about reviewing it right after I read it, so this probably won't be as good as it could have been. I chose this book because I have read another series by the same author with the same intent: to take a well-known story from the Bible and change the setting. I did not read the first book that accompanies this one, but I was still able to follow. I may read it and then reread Mine is the Night to get the full story, but I honestly did not find this book as rewarding as the other series I read. Essentially, this is the rosy follow-up to what I assume was a very tragic first book. The book opens as Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, Marjory, travel to Marjory's old home to establish themselves in their new lives as widows. Complicating things are strained relationships between Marjory and the town people as well as the fact that both Elisabeth and Marjory lost their husbands supporting a prince in his failed attempt to take the throne. Elisabeth is a strong-willed woman, though, accepting her new rank as a poor widow and staying faithful to her mother-in-law by working as a seamstress for a newcomer to town, Lord Jack. Love ensues for many, as the story is loosely following the story of Ruth.
As I suggested earlier, this was not a great book, but it was an okay book. I was honestly a little disturbed by and could not believe that Higgs used the phrase (not exact): "they were older but not dead" when discussing an older couple and their physical desires for one another. Don't ask me why, but that's one of the major things that still sticks with me when I look at and think about this book. I guess it didn't make a huge impact. ...more
I received this as an Early Reviewer on LibraryThing. I wasn't able to review this as soon as I was finished as I couldn't find it to add to my librarI received this as an Early Reviewer on LibraryThing. I wasn't able to review this as soon as I was finished as I couldn't find it to add to my library (may have been an error on my part), so it isn't as fresh. Even though I had not read the first book in this trilogy, I found it pleasantly surprising to find that I could easily follow and get into the story without prior knowledge of the characters or story. Litfin did an excellent job of weaving flashbacks into the storyline. I'm not sure how someone would feel about this who had read the first one, but it helped me. The premise of a post-nuclear world that has lost the Word of God was believable and made for an intriguing setting, especially when the characters come across remnants of the old society. The characters themselves have, to some degree, depth, but I found them rather stereotypical and predicable. Overall I found the story to be enjoyable and involving but lacking in depth, which I usually like to see in Christian fiction. There is a predictable "fall," followed by predictable redemption, while other characters go the way you'd expect. I saw no new revelation of the character of God or connection with any character to challenge me or make me think. I would like to read the first book, though, and will read the third when it comes out so I can see what happens as there is a great adventure....more
I got this from the Early Reviewers a while back and finally got around to reading it, especially because I had gotten a new one. Rooms tells the storI got this from the Early Reviewers a while back and finally got around to reading it, especially because I had gotten a new one. Rooms tells the story of Micah, a man who has it all, or so he thinks. A letter from a mysterious uncle begins to shift his world in a way that will both break him down and rebuild a true life.
I really struggled to get through about the first two-thirds of this book. I found it a bit hokey and predictable. I'm not sure if the author had previously read The Shack, as much of his stuff seems to come from its influence. I found The Shack to be much more thought-provoking and touching than Rooms. The author did not try to hold back his personal beliefs in any way, and I found myself struggling at times with the commentary the book seemed to be making about my own walk and relationship with the Lord, not in a positive light. I actually found myself agreeing at some points with The Voice, and needless to say that wasn't a happy revelation. Either way, I'll think through some of it, but I don't see this book making the impact that it really tried hard to bring about....more
My sister let me borrow her copy as she knows I enjoy works by this author. While not as engaging as many of her other books, I found this to be one oMy sister let me borrow her copy as she knows I enjoy works by this author. While not as engaging as many of her other books, I found this to be one of the most painfully realistic. At many points I wanted to put it down because the humanity was so real in regards to our tendency to thoughtlessly harm those around us, many times with good intentions. I would like to read the next book to see what will happen in the relationship between mother and daughter....more
I wasn't quite as impressed with this book in the series, but it was still enjoyable. Dekker didn't go nearly as in depth with the character of ElyonI wasn't quite as impressed with this book in the series, but it was still enjoyable. Dekker didn't go nearly as in depth with the character of Elyon as I would have liked and the messiah character wasn't developed nearly enough. I've also found that I don't care nearly as much about the "Bangkok" reality and the threat to the world in the form of the virus. In all, it was still a worthy read and I look forward to reading the next book. On that note, Green was recently released and I'm a bit disappointed that Dekker has gone the way of many authors who have a good thing and then ruin it by creating bunches of new books ("The Lost Books") and then not ending a series when they say they will (that's for you, Paolini!) But, I haven't completed White and I'm giving it a chance. We'll see!!...more
After getting over my initial irritation with the first few chapters, I found this book to be absolutely amazing. The dual time lines were annoying atAfter getting over my initial irritation with the first few chapters, I found this book to be absolutely amazing. The dual time lines were annoying at first, but they soon stabilized and I was able to follow more easily. Dekker's take on the Fall is incredible, and even more so is his description of the world before that fall. I really believe that he is right on in this, and it made me long for a world with no concept of deception or selfishness, a world where the Divine Romance is expressed the way it has always supposed to, a world where we feel the love of our divine Creator daily. I'm really looking forward to the next book....more
I wasn't as disappointed in this book as I was "Red," but "White," in the same way, didn't meet my expectations compared to "Black." I was satisfied wI wasn't as disappointed in this book as I was "Red," but "White," in the same way, didn't meet my expectations compared to "Black." I was satisfied with the ending and I'm not quite sure why "Green" has been written. I guess I'll read it to find out....more