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So I'm a steampunk, and a fan of noir. Christopher Beats wrote this book for me, or at least people like me. From the first chapter, his story captures the mind into a world that is almost, but not quite familiar. Coulter does a magnificent job caturing the characters and gives a truly masterful performance.
For anyone who likes the gritty world of noir and the gears of steampunk, this is for you.
I love the concept that this book is written on. As a seminary student, I am often annoyed by the fact that there is an "anti-God" theme to most alien books, but this one takes a different tact. I still was annoyed by the "anti-God" message for those of us that believe in an present and active God, but still a great concept here. I'm really interested in how Sawyer came up with some of the ideas he puts forth, but would also love to know why he discounts many of the accepted truths about God (omniscience, omnipotence, etc.)
For believers, a warning: if you're looking for God in these pages, you won't find Him. The concept is interesting, but Sawyer is using the term "god" for a limited being who happens to be a fictional universe creator, not the God of scripture.
I am a fan of Suarez, but this wasn't up to the same level as his other books. It was a great read. I didn't feel the sense that his was possible though. There was just too much for me to suspend my disbelief and become really engaged. I still recommend it to fans, but read Deamon and Freedom too!
This was a fun listen. I find myself listening to books when I have a slow day at work, and this filled that day nicely. Fun story. Fairly well put together. I loved the concept. hope to find more like this in the future!
Correia did a good job with this one, and I'll keep reading these, but why the asides? This is a growing trend in books and it isn't a good one. Don't tell me a story within a story when a character could give a synopsis of past events and make it a smoother flow to the reading. Other than that, I truly enjoy this series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural without the teenage girl romance and glittery vamps!
Listening to this really got me thinking about the possibilities that are just around the corner. Wilson does a good job of showing the fears that technology can bring but also giving a view of the humanity that will survive even as technology becomes even more integrated into our lives.
So I can't say this was the best of continuations, but I have enjoyed it. My wife and I were talkinga bout it and the only complaint we have is that Hearne has started using other characters to tell the story at times. In the last few books, he has used a bit part character to come in a tell a story to catch us up to speed on some info that he wants us to have before moving forward. That's fine, except that it makes forward progress in the story feels halting. The book also felt like it had to many different stories running parallel and that we never got enough of the back stories to make the amount we got resonable. So now my review sounds halting, but not sure how to tell it but that.
Daniels was back up to his normal performance with this piece and I loved hearing the characters return to thier normal voices (see my review of "Two Raven, One Crow" if you're not sure on this!)
Departing from the story of Z. Pitt and his life as a monster hunter, Correia gives us more of the story of Harbinger. This story was much needed and I actually liked it more that the rest of the series. Harbinger is a bit more believeable and understandable after hearing this side of his story, and the idea of an alpha being challenged. If you like the story so far, jump in to alpha, you'll like it even more!
Scott Jurek has intrigued me since reading about him in "Born to Run". After reading this, I'm even more intrigued. His story inspires and makes me want to push beyond the limits I have imposed on myself. I encourage anyone who feels those limits to read this, and follow Scott's advice and example as you tread forward in your journey.
I've said in other reviews that I'm a fan of Mark Driscoll, and this book shows why. Driscoll lays out what he believes to be a true and fair interpretation of church leadership as laid out in scripture, primarily the Pauline Epistles and Acts. He is clear in his source for each of the major points and gives a concise description of need and want in a church.
The fact that he sets up elder and pastor as the same in leadership is very important to me, as scripture does not use different words for these roles (in the original languages). If you are looking for a book to help navigate the process of setting up a church plant, or overhauling the leadership of an established church, this is the book for you.
Prayer and clear guidance are the two most important things when navigating leadership, and this helps with the guidance!
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