Monday, December 29, 2008
If you’ve been following the latest news, most of you know of the horrific winter storm that hit the Northwest this last week. I myself was snowed out of my house for the entire week. (Don't worry, I was rescued and had a nice warm safe place to stay.) My family and I missed Christmas together. My daughter was unable to fly home for the holiday from college due to all the flight cancellations. It was not the merry Christmas many had hoped for. However, God has a way of turning things around and making good come out of chaos. And as the winter storm raged outside many a home, there were a lot of folks who rediscovered what it was like to have a good neighbor, how to appreciate loved ones more, and that family is the most important thing. Not what gifts are under the Christmas tree.
Myself, being a writer, I wondered what it would be like to be snowed in with various characters from some of the books I’ve read over the last few months. My own book’s characters included. And after much thought, I decided that if I had to be snowed in with the characters from any of the books I’ve read, including my own, I’d have to say that the characters from Julie Lessman’s book, A Passion Most Pure won. Not that being snowed in with Dallan MacDonald doesn’t have its appeal. But let’s face it, those of you who have read my books know that one can only take so much of Kitty Morgan, and I just couldn’t imagine being snowed in with the whole Time Master bunch, which would definitely include Kitty. So the O’Connor family from Julie’s book won out.
Set against the backdrop of world war one in 1916, A Passion Most Pure spills off the pages and into one’s heart and mind like butter. It had a way of gripping me like no book had in many years. And let me tell you, it takes a lot to hold me especially when I’m working on my own stuff. Emotionally compelling and just as satisfying, the story revolves around Faith O’Conner and her younger sister Charity who both have their cap set for the same man. One the girls parents would rather they both leave alone. Collin McGuire isn’t exactly the type of chap to write home about in their book, let alone bring through the front door. But that’s exactly what happens.
Faith’s ever growing affection for Collin is kept hidden in her heart for many years and to suddenly find her sister Charity wrapped in his arms one day shatters her world. To see Collin then court Charity nearly rips it apart. Why can she not just let it go? What is it about him that so draws her? And why does he have to be in love with her sister? But wait! Collin seems to be asking himself some of the same questions. But he’s asking them about Faith! Ohhhh now we have a pickle!
The thing I loved about this book is the strong family core of the O’Connors. They love and laugh together, cry together, fight together. They are the stuff of the heart. The grist and guts that holds a family together. They are steadfast in their love for each other and that, along with an understanding of God’s forgiveness pulls them through an extremely difficult time. I’ve never started a rating system when I review a book, but if I did, and scored on a scale of 1 (being don’t waste your time) and 5 (being keep it on the shelf and never lend it out!) I’d have to give Julie’s book a five! The copy I read was loaned to me and under penalty of death too I might add. I need to remember to get it back to its rightful owner. One of these days …..
Thursday, December 11, 2008
OK,OK, firstly I know it's not Friday yet and the date of this blog says that it's Thursday. But my internet works only when it wants to and rather than take a chance on it not working early Friday morning, I took what I could get from it here on Thursday night and posted while the posting was good! Maybe if I had a friend named Genie helping me out such as in Stephen L. Rice's book League of Superheros, I wouldn't have this problem in the first place! In fact, I'd probably be an honorary member of The Mad Scientist Club as well! Just like the characters Allen, Tom, Rod, and Charlie. Oh, and Allen's little sister Clarice should be included too. After all, if it weren't for her, these up and coming mad scientists might never have met Genie.
And who is Genie you ask? Oh no, I'm not giving that away! You'll have to read the book. But I'm not above teasing! IS she a human? Or is she some sort of super computer that turns four ordinary mad scientist super hero wannabes into just that. Super Heroes! I think Genie prefers the role of mad scientist. But it's a good thing she's not mad! So we'll just leave her as scientist. Who else can build super suits for our four teen age heroes and deliver them UPS no less! And there's nothing more fun than watching four teen age boys bumble and stumble their way around trying to learn how every thing in their new super suits work!
But where there are superheroes, even if newbies, there are also villains! And finding out who is the nasty in this romp is half the fun. Stephen does a wonderful job of putting you right there with the characters, and characters we can all relate to as well. Especially those of us who, ah, well, nerd is a hard word and geek isn't much better. Let's just say there are many of us who had much the same interests when we were kids as these four boys do, including the little sister sidekick! What kid doesn't think about being a superhero at some point while growing up?
The book isn't incredibly long and so is a fun, fast read. It's also as fun to read for adults as it is for teens. If you have a tech crazy teen in your household act fast and get this book in time for Christmas! Or if you hanker for that euphoric feeling of discovering what it would be like to have a power suit created by a super brain then go for it! The gem of this book is it will take you back in time somewhat and restore to you those wonderful feelings of what it was like to dream. I know it did for me!
Well done Steve! Well done!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ah, this month the Christian Fiction Review Blog is saving the world. Er, ah, no. That's not quite right. How about the Christian Fiction Review Blog is touring the Book League of Superheroes by Stephen L. Rice and THEY are saving the world! Yes, what can one say about a group of geeks pitted against nasty evil doers? And just what do their outfits look like? Er, that would be the geeky super heroes not the evil slime. I mean, if you were dressed by someone named Genie that you weren't even sure was human, how would you look? However, on the other hand, some evil slime dress quite nicely this time of year I hear, and they dress themselves! Oh but I digress! Here's a synopsis of the book and on Friday I'll be posting my very own review! MUAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!(insert hideous evil laugh here. I have to go out and buy an outfit to review in!) But in the mean time, here's the general gist!
Four teenage boys and one little sister discover someone in a chat room who
claims to be a little girl named Genie, but whose scientific knowledge and
technology are a few centuries ahead of anyone else.
Who or what is Genie? The most intelligent mortal in history—an integral
part of the most powerful force mankind has ever unleashed. And she does not
consider herself subject to the laws of God or man.
On a whim, Genie transforms her new friends into the League of Superheroes:
Titan—a walking and flying tank—is Rod Davies, a klutzy, diplomacy-impaired
beanpole who is also a certified genius in math and physics;
Darklight—an invisible spy—is the narrator, Tom Reilly, a scientifically
Tachyon—able to speed or slow time in his area—is Allen Peters,
Micromegas—a size-changer—is Charlie Taylor, who hopes someday to be a
And then there are Clarice Peters, Allen’s little sister and perhaps Genie’
s best friend, and "Uncle," the mysterious elderly man who was the first to
treat Genie like a human being…
But can even superheroes save her (and the world) from her so-called creators
—and from Genie herself?
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