Wednesday, June 18, 2008
It's a mystery book, beginning with an abduction of an 18-year old boy on his way home from a date. It's set in small-town utah, and involves quite a few suspicious characters and plot threads, and no, I did not have it figured out, which isn't usual for me, but it surprised my wife too, which takes a lot in a mystery book.
It's LDS fiction, but it's not an LDS book. Anyone can read it and not feel preached to, and it paints a good snapshot of life in rural utah. It moves quickly and has satisfactory attention to detail. A great light read/listen. As far as how it rates compared to other mystery books, I'd say above average.
Friday, June 6, 2008
- I saw one saying that the books are about female circumcision. This is a gross exaggeration. There’s one line in one of the books where, when deciding which side to fight for, a witch mentions that this corrupt church in one of the words suppresses every natural joy, and in one offshoot, cuts children so they can’t feel.” It’s one in a list of arguments why they should join the side that fights against the authority. So to say the book is about female circumcision is like saying that the Hobbit is about the tree species in Mirkwood – sure it’s mentioned, but is not a significant factor in the story.
- I’ve also seen it said that the children kill God. That’s also not true – the authority is old, tired, and decrepid, and has been usurped by one of his angels anyway (who just happened to be the Ether mentioned in the old testament), and then his chariot gets attacked by giant bat kind of things and crashes, and when the kids go to save him he fizzles away and blows away on the wind.
- The other thing I’ve heard is that these books are the antithesis of the Chronicles of Narnia by the author’s intent. For this, I don’t know that it was his intent, so much as parallels that have been drawn. There’s an interesting internet article that is mostly an accurate picture of the books, albeit from the conservative Catholic perspective if you’re interested:
- The last thing that I heard was that the whole book leads up to the characters recommitting original sin and thus saving the universe. I didn’t see it that way. If you feel that a couple falling in love, kissing, and embracing and the scene cutting out means that they had sex, then that’s your privilege. But it never said that they did or did not go any further than an embrace and a kiss. Me, I thought that the romance and kiss and embrace were nicely done and not at all sexual.
As for the stuff about
So there’s the scoop. I wouldn’t say I wish I didn’t read the book – it hasn’t shaken my faith or anything like that. It was recommended to me by a couple of devout Mormons who didn’t think it was a bad book. Personally, I think it’s borderline blasphemous, and I don’t think I would have read it if I had known more about it, and at this point, I don’t think I’ll support the movie either. As to whether I would recommend it to others, well, like I said, just make sure you know what you’re getting in to.