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The Gospel According To Jesus Christ (Panther)
The Gospel According To Jesus Christ (Panther)
by Jose Saramago
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous, 23 Sep 2009
I have read this book a couple of years ago, and it still stays with me, bits of it flash by in my mind every day at one point or another. For those who can digest a less than dogmatic view of God, Jesus and the Fallen Angel, and have a good sense of humour , then this book is an absolute delight!
Nothing is absolute, nothing is black and white, and it all just alters depending on the perspective you're looking at it. We all know that, nothing new there, but Jose Saramago does it beautifully and boldly to a subject that is so divisive in human history, you hear the sharp intakes of breath and murmurs of - `how dares he?'
I loved every minute of it, even some of the more long drawn passages.

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My two penny's worth, 23 Sep 2009
I enjoyed the book, and aside from the usual roller coaster of evens, emotions, action, and notions being hurled at you from all direction, aside from the usual who's who on whose team,up to the last minute, I thoroughly enjoyed two other things: first, the emphasis on the emergence of a universal set of beliefs all inclusive and second, the renewed interest in the strengths of human mind, human potential and how to best achieve it.

If reading this book will generate more interest in these last two aspects, then in my view, it will have a much better impact and consequence on the collective psyche then a perfectly written novel with a spotless plot but an inconsequential message.

If you're not too blasé, if you still hold hope for the human race, you will enjoy the book, as it ultimately does offer hope.

Breaking Dawn Special Edition (Twilight Saga) (The Twilight Saga)
Breaking Dawn Special Edition (Twilight Saga) (The Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Multilayered & fascinating read, 7 Sep 2009
The Twilight series has been marketed as a teenage series and I strongly believe, that is not right. As much as I would love it, I am not there anymore, but I still (thoroughly) enjoyed the books! All of them! They are written, in my view, at many levels, not just what meets the eye - a love story with all the trimmings and sparkle of fast paced action, a third player and the bells of fairy tale wedding - but if that is what the teenage readers see at first read, that's fine. Maybe at second read or as things settle in the back of their minds, they see something different, or the will recognize another level, for instance the alienation, confusion, indecision one feels as one moves from the twilight of the teenage years into the breaking dawn of young maturity, knowing, even if mostly at 'gut level' that the choices made will affect those who make them and those around.

Yet another level of the books is that of the struggle to integrate 'different' and 'unconventional' in today's society and it's values, norms and morality. The vampires can live amongst the humans, as can the wolfs. Talking about morality and values, I found it refreshing that the book promotes (yet another level) restrain, patience, self control, marriage - all values on the verge of extinction in today's fast paced world.

All in all, I truly enjoyed it and find the entire series very educational for our young (and maybe not so young) generation!

The Host
The Host
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giving something back, 7 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Host (Paperback)
Host is a great book to read, even though a little slow at times.
The idea of the plot is not new, we (the Earth) are being invaded, and unlike in many other macho cases, we lose. However, there is still a nugget of humanity that resist, and by doing so, they thwart the alien's plans of complete annihilation. Just as well, because in fact, this resistance is powered by the high octane fuel of some of the most precious values for humanity - strength, courage, love, determination. This is what Melanie, Jared, and all the main characters of the resistance have (alongside with the other not so noble characteristics like jealousy, self-centeredness etc). On the other side, Wanderer or Wanda as she is called for the latter part of the novel, is powered by some of what we seem to have lost as humanity - kindness, ability to love "thy neighbor". In one passage of the book she feels bad taking stuff (food, clothes) without giving something back to society.
The key to solving the conflict comes to Wanda, the alien, who looks at an alien couple playing with their child - a human child and doesn't fail to notice the overflowing love between the three. It does turn out that maybe the key to the survival of her friends, us the humans, is the ability to live and let live, so maybe "not the same" can equal diversity that can be embraced, rather than something that needs exterminating. That apparent solution seems to be experimented in the finale of the novel when Meyers pairs Wanda with Ian, who is nothing but Wanda's mirror image to a large extent - he is the only genuinely kind, forgiving, understanding, soft human left in the caves.

The Fire
The Fire
by Katherine Neville
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A fire that doesn't quite warm you up, 9 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Fire (Hardcover)
The Eight is amongst my top favourite books, and ever since I read it, I kept an eye out for any other offerings from Katherine Neville, whilst longing for a sequel. It finally arrived and it was my Christmas treat.
Entertaining, fast paced, as we came to expect from Neville's books, but sadly, not quite up to par! Too many lose ends and even more 'leaps of faith' needed from the reader. None of the 'looking at scientific concepts or historical events in a different light' I so enjoyed in The eight.

I have to agree with quite a few other reviews published here, in that, The Fire was a disappointment! It truly hurts to say this given how much I longed for more of the same from the author of The Eight, but there it is. The Fire has nothing like the title would suggest - no real passion, grip, intensity. The characters are all built on huge stretches of imagination, and the plot is just the same. It requires a tremendous amount of blind faith to go along with anything in it, really. As for Alexandra, the main character, she really comes across as a necessary extra in this plot - the perpetually confused. For a main character, and one who is supposedly carrying on the heavy role of a Black Queen, she is seriously ill equipped for it and fails to impress, as sadly does the entire book.
If you want to read something, read The Eight and leave it at that.

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