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The Curse of Chalion
The Curse of Chalion
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bujold returns to fat fantasies, 1 July 2002
This review is from: The Curse of Chalion (Paperback)
After some years in which she stuck to science fiction, Bujold has again brought out, in her words, "a fat fantasy." This one is set in an alternate late mediaeval Spain. Only in this world, there are multiple gods. Unlike many fantasies which include gods, The Curse of Chalion treats the gods seriously, exploring in some depth the relationship between the world of spirit and the world of matter, and specifically the kinds of events which would bring the two into contact. Rather than being cheap plot devices to bring about events which wouldn't be believable otherwise, Bujold's gods are real, with their own character and motivations. As such, this book provides a tantalising glimpse into Bujold's own theological thinking, a subject about which she is not otherwise forthcoming.
The protagonist, Cazaril, has had a tough life, culminating in a long stretch at the oars of a slave galley. When he is finally rescued, he makes for the castle where he had a happy period in his childhood, serving as a page. He hopes that the lady of the castle will remember him, and give him a nice, comfortable, safe position, where he can recuperate from his assorted physical and psychic injuries in peace. Of course, knowing Bujold, you just know that comfort, safety, and peace are the last things Cazaril is going to find. What we find in these pages is a new Bujold hero, every bit as worthy to carry on the tradition of her brilliant characters as Miles Vorkosigan and Leo Graf.

Shifting Realities: Information Technology and the Church (Risk Books)
Shifting Realities: Information Technology and the Church (Risk Books)
by David Lochhead
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important questions, 15 Jun 2002
I had the privilege of knowing David Lochhead. He taught at Vancouver School of Theology, but I knew him through Agora BBS, a bulletin board system he ran back in the days when the Internet was not widely accessible by mere mortals. Agora was the first system I had ever called which was devoted to discussing Christianity. There were theological liberals, there were fundamentalists, there were unbelievers, and there were people like me who just enjoyed being a nuisance to others. And behind it all was David's incredible patience with technological "newbies", and his remarkable ability to be civil and agreeable, even with people (like me) with whom he didn't hold many theological convictions in common. Since then, technological innovations have come and gone. Agora BBS is long gone, as are most of the others I have used. The Internet has gone from nothing to being practically everything when it comes to electronic communications. Through it all, David displayed a remarkable ability to see past the trends and the hype and discern the deeper issues raised by information technology. David passed away in June, 1999 after a stroke. I thank God for the privilege of knowing him.
This collection of essays shows some of David's thinking about the issues raised by information technology, and how IT interacts with Christian faith and Christian communities. His earlier work, Theology in a Digital World, was perhaps more profound, but as far as I know it's out of print. I strongly recommend David's work, because he raises important questions. Whether you agree with the answers he comes to or not, I believe that it is important to consider the questions.

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