I gave this rating because of how it was written. It is believable. It's not GREAT LITERATURE, but it is believable--- to an extent. I accept that itI gave this rating because of how it was written. It is believable. It's not GREAT LITERATURE, but it is believable--- to an extent. I accept that it is--was-- a trap from the beginning now, and cannot really decide if I liked it or hated it because of its implications. I won't recommend it, and yet I cannot stop talking about it-- because I need to get it out of my system and feel like I can believe in something good without second-guessing it again. A more lengthy review can be found on my blog: http://randomlyria.wordpress.com/2015......more
This book can be finished in one sitting, but the overwhelming information may require time to completely process the different facts revealed in eachThis book can be finished in one sitting, but the overwhelming information may require time to completely process the different facts revealed in each chapter. The simplicity of the story-telling of Colton's experience during his brief visit to Heaven makes it possible for people of different walks of life to contemplate upon the wonder that lies ahead. Christian Doctrine and the Bible has left us with material to know what awaits after death, but Colton's testimony affirms this through his straight-to-the-point answers, which can leave you questioning, awe-struck and overwhelmed. ...more
This collection of writings is very informative and has allowed me to better understand how there is still so much in the world (and out of it) whichThis collection of writings is very informative and has allowed me to better understand how there is still so much in the world (and out of it) which the human mind cannot completely comprehend.
All in all, this book is not a collection of horror stories, but is very insightful and is a lucidly-written account of of Fr. Amorth's experiences as an exorcist. He does not romanticize these experiences, but helps readers understand why such things happen. With clear thinking and rational explanation, he explains how much this battle between good and evil is present today through these experiences. ...more
I began reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore yesterday, and finished it today. I cannot explain what it was exactly which kept me interested tI began reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore yesterday, and finished it today. I cannot explain what it was exactly which kept me interested to keep going. As far as I knew, by the time I was in the middle of a chapter, I'd tell myself that I should give it a rest and continue tomorrow. Five chapters later, I'm thinking the same thing all over again.
The work tackles metaphysical topics, particularly topics on dreams and reality. It's a classic product of post-modern writing, inserting references of Greek tragic heroes and classical music here and there. And when you begin to sink in, to absorb this imaginative world, everything takes a strange turn and you realize that you are reading a work of fiction.
This would be the first time I've come across such a writing style. It was uncomfortable for me at first to realize that every chapter does not take off from the previous one; tenses and the point of view constantly change, shifts and it took me a while to get the hang of it and be able to piece everything together. The protagonists swap every chapter.
By the middle of the the novel, I was wondering if the paths would converge somehow, and for a moment I was reminded of Gaiman's American Gods. Everything simply took a turn for the stranger and because I've just finished reading I'm still trying to piece snippets of chapters together, to let everything make sense. The irony in this is that, I also have a feeling that it's not supposed to make sense the way I think it should. Maybe it should be left as is, as disjointed experiences and realizations.
There are a lot of insights in the work, too many for me to quote. Nevertheless, as a whole, I wonder what the whole piece was truly about, or if I by trying to find the "sense" in it, I am destroying the work altogether.
See, this is why I'm not an admirer of post-modern literature. I get all the more confused by trying to make sense of the whole thing, and yet I know that I can understand things in snippets. It's the irony of it all. Nevertheless, Kafka on the Shore was worth the reading. ...more
Hardly any mystery in this second book, though I read it (and enjoyed it) because of the philosophical insights of Isabel Dalhousie. More than the seeHardly any mystery in this second book, though I read it (and enjoyed it) because of the philosophical insights of Isabel Dalhousie. More than the seeming conflict presented in two new characters in this novel, it is Isabel's plight and thought process which keeps me flipping the pages.
It's a good light reading to get you slow down and maybe even (because of Isabel's musings) see things in a new light. ...more