Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Bone House book review

Stephen R. Lawhead. The Bone House. Thomas Nelson, 2011. 416 pgs.

The Bone House is a sci-fi book, the second in Stephen Lawhead’s Bright Empires series. I didn’t read the first in the series, “The Skin Map,” but in the beginning of “The Bone House”, there was a section to help readers who hadn’t read “The Skin Map” catch up.

This book continues Kit’s story in his search for the skin map. He takes over for his great-grandfather, who was killed. Kit is on the run but has resourceful friends such as Mina.

There are many good sci-fi aspects weaved throughout the story. These are presented quite well. Early in the book, when I came across several interesting little side stories, I hoped they would connect. At times, it was a little hard remembering them all, but by the end of the tale, it made sense.

Kit and other characters cross into dimensional divides to other places and times. Interesting questions about the nature of time, death, and the immortality of the human spirit come up.

Ley travel, the great aspect of this story, is not the same as time travel. Time is out of joint, and different worlds overlap. History gets slippery.

There are messages like, “We have to do the best we can with our lives; do the next thing.” Also, what are the connotations of a universe filled with multiple alternative worlds, the mysteries of time, space, and reality, etc.

The world exploration held my attention as the characters searched for the skin map.

The ending was the best part of the book. When Kit goes back to the Stone Age, his encounters with cave men are fascinating. For those who like sci-fi adventures, this is a book to check out.

I was given a copy of this work for review purposes by BookSneeze, and the opinions here are strictly my own.

Spartan Heart part one book review

A paranormal romance by Kristine Cheney
Published by Astraea  Press,  LLC
148 pages.

“Placing a foolish, drunken kiss on a Greek statue in the museum's basement, Evangeline unknowingly frees a Spartan prince from an evil oracle's curse. Suddenly, her lonely life is invaded by the rakish man with knowing emerald green eyes who never eats or sleeps, and seems to know her every thought and feeling.”

I just finished reading Spartan Heart part one and look forward to delving into part two. This story has its tender moments, a sad beginning creating great curiosity. Evangeline’s parents were murdered, and she’s the heir to their fortune and assumes the reins of London’s Greco-Roman museum.

“Evan’s” ex-boyfriend, Andrew returns to the scene, hoping to woo her again. Taryn is Evan’s best friend, an interesting character in her own right. Things heat up with Dorien, an immortal who meets her, in a most unexpected way.

The story is sensual and has depth with characters one can relate to. There is some distant writing, but intriguing Spartan historical tidbits are weaved throughout a fast-paced story peopled with characters creating the right amount of tension.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Final Summit book review

Title: The Final Summit

Author: Andy Andrews

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pages: 224

Where I got it: Booksneeze sent me a free copy in exchange for a review

Rating: 5

This is not an adventurous or action-packed book, but it was worth my time to read. Entertaining as it was, I’d describe it as a book that makes you think…about important ideas.

It’s not dry. The mental/emotional stimulation occurs in a fictional setting. The set-up is intriguing: The archangel Gabriel asks a regular guy to head up a committee in order to come up with the answer to an important question. How can humanity get back on track?

Well, this committee is fascinating. It’s comprised of famous people throughout history, but not famous for doing stupid things. No, these people have done great things. When David, the regular guy from our time, gets together with some of these intriguing people, the ensuing conversations are amazing.

Humanity is balanced on a precipice, and this group of people must examine the wisdom of our past to determine the future…or even if there is to be a future on earth.

There are so many great lines in this book that encourage, give hope, and inspire. One of my favorite lines (and there were many) is this one: “The tragedy in man’s life is not that he quits; the real tragedy is that he almost wins but never begins his second act!”

There is a time limit to answer the question posed. The big hourglass adds tension to the story.

This book is intelligent, a thinking book filled with excellent food for thought. Highly recommended.