Monday, December 21, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

When a novel opens with a line like, "I'm pretty much fucked," it's difficult to put it down. In this volume, we see how fitting that first line is. This book deals with how a man deals with being stranded on Mars, with only the supplies he has on hand, his intellect, and his wit to survive.
The story alternates between Mark Watney, a man believed to be dead, the people at NASA, who discover he's alive and are trying to figure out how to get him unstranded, and the crew who left him on Mars, who figured he was killed in a Martian sandstorm.
With a mix of technology, drama, and humor, I was enthralled in this tale.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Night & Day by Robert B Parker

This was my first excursion into the work of novelist Robert B. Parker. I was familiar with him due to the "Spenser: For Hire" television program and the series of "Jesse Stone" TV movies, but this was the first time I had read one of his books.
I can say with honesty that this was an excellent story. The primary theme is one dealing with what is, or is not, sexually deviant. This book deals with issues such as "swinging," and how it impacts, not only the couples involved, but their children. It deals with voyeurism, and how far an individual may go. It also deals with how a person with multiple sexual partners can relate to each of them.
This is definitely a book for adults, and one I can openly recommend.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge

This short volume is a great introduction to the writing of John Eldredge. In relatively few pages, Eldredge takes the whole of redemptive history, from eternity past to the final judgement, and explains it in a manner that practically anyone can understand. By referencing stories we all know and love, like Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Titanic, and The Chronicles of Narnia, Eldredge shows how we are all created to be a part of something larger, how evil came to be, the ongoing spiritual battle for the hearts of men, and the eventual restoration.
This is a great book to help understand what God is doing in this world. Eldredge also succeeds in demolishing certain aspects of Christianity that we may have misunderstood. For example, when speaking of heaven, he states, "I've heard innumerable times that 'we shall worship God forever.' That 'we shall sing one glorious hymn after another, forever and ever, amen.' It sounds like hell to me"(p. 80). If nothing else, Eldredge challenges us to look past what we've been told, and look to God and the Scriptures fior what reality truly is.

Eldredge, John. Epic: The Story God Is Telling. Nashville. Thomas Nelson

Sunday, May 15, 2011

All About Books

This is simply a blog of books I've recently read, with a short description/ review of it. Those of you who know me personally know of my bibliophilistic tendencies. This is imply an outlet for them.