This book was on several Top 100 lists, prompting me to read it this time around.
John C. Reilly's performance was pitch-perfect for this novel.
Having not seen the movie yet, I think that let me appreciate the book as it stands.
The writing was sharp and witty, the characters were developed, and the plot moved with a purpose. What's not to like about this novel has been overlooked in favor of all of the good qualities.
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(sing with me ...REM)
"its the end of the world as we know it..."
The comet is coming, the comet is coming!
A newly-promoted Detective is not going to let a little thing like death and dying get in the way of his dreams, especially when he senses foul play.
I would not recommend reading "Elmer Gantry", unless you desire bad feelings for the church (a church from about 100 years ago!).
Elmer Gantry is the original "snake-oil" salesman, and the Anti-Hero of this story.
The book chronicles his upbringing as a bully, his disgraces throughout seminary, and his later 'smooth' rise to the pinnacles of evangelical preaching. Written in 1926, Elmer Gantry echoes many sentiments we now associate with that time period: apple pie and ice cream socials, fear of “Communist Sympathizers”, racism, and (of course) loud and sanctimonious “Revival Preachers”.
Sinclair hammers the reader over the head with the notion that all pastors (save but one or two cardboard cut-out characters) are immoral, liars, thieves, athiests, or all of the above. He brings up important points about the hypocrisy of "Professional Good Men", but I wondered often what he was actually trying to say. (?)
The morals of the story seemed to be: All pastors are hypocrites; Religion is laughable: All religions have good points if not taken seriously; The congregation of a church is mostly made up of dumb sheep; and etc...
Verdict: skip it.
The last book in the 'Silo' Trilogy.
It starts out slow enough, and only really builds interest about half-way through. It wraps up the Silo trilogy in such a way that was somewhat predictable, and allows for another book to follow (if the movie options aren't immediately forthcoming).
This was the weakest of the three books, and also the most confusing storyline.
A disgraced reporter needs a new story to pick up the pieces of his shattered career. Plagiarism, fraud and addiction to prescription meds can be hard for a newspaper man to recover from.
He happens upon word of a missing American in Mexico, and smells a story, and a cover-up. That is where his trouble begins, and he witnesses movements of dangerous men.
Several stories intertwine, and finally resolve in a mostly satisfying conclusion (if not slightly predictable). There are moments of brilliant writing throughout, most notably the moment where a main character is hit on the head and suffers a concussion. remember the writing here! if you choose to read this novel.
If this description sounds like your cup-of-tea, you will likely enjoy this well-written novel.
Narration by Scott Brick is solid.
Although the story was 24 hours long, I thought it could have been shortened by half.
There was simply too much explanation about the mechanics of the "magic" in this world. I know as much as the author does about this magic system. I don't think needed to know so much, and I am sure I did not want to know so much.
As a previous review stated, the language was simple, but effective, with the occasional word that none has ever heard of (an which seems out of place).
*I have read many of fantasy novels in my formative years, and perhaps that makes me unable to separate this from a book from a "YA Fiction". And therefore, I would only recommend this for teenagers and young adult.
Narration was steady and enjoyable for the entire 24 hours of reading.
I really dislike group narrations (adaptations?). Reminds me of a hokey "radio-hour" rather than the reading of a novel.
In "Truth", the story is a little slow and lacks suspense. On top of that, the 'mystery' of the initial crime is distracted by the Detectives sloppy lifestyle and inner turmoil. This might be fine, except that the reader is apt to miss the point.
The main character's monologue, or the story's narrative, tends to switch topics without warning, making the storyline difficult to track (this, likely due to subtlety in the writing, stylistic differences of Australian crime-writing, and reader inattentiveness).
Bottom Line: "Truth" is not a bad novel, just slow, and rather boring, but there worse ones out there. 50/50.
Eschatology* is the study of "end times", specifically as it relates to the Bible and world events.
*This book is for those who have a serious interest in this subject only.
The title lets us know that his major point of study for this book, is the nature and origin of the "anti-Christ". This "person's" identity has been the subject of the three Abrahamic religions, and is frequently mentioned in the eschatological texts of all three's sacred scriptures.
Chris White is well-read in the field of eschatology. He has a bible study podcast which examines various issues surrounding the bible, with an emphasis on biblical "end-times". (I believe his career occupation however, is that of an Attorney at Law. This is evidenced by the compelling arguments he is able to make, and his clear presentation of facts, and separating speculations for examination.)
He understands most of the major arguments about biblical prophecy, and states them in a clear and concise manner. He presents his views in comparison and contrast to the other most commonly held views, and then explains why he feels his position is better. He creates compelling arguments, underscored by biblical supports.
There are so many unnencessary plot-lines that are introduced that the story becomes hard to follow and (somewhat ironically) loses interest.
I enjoy the author's writing style, with one major exception, his "back-stories" or "flashbacks" seem included simply to flesh-out the character or to add dimension. Instead, they become so long as to distract from the original story.
Just when you think you have finished with one "flashback" and the original story will resume, another, different, flashback is introduced. This happens so frequently I cannot tell which is the main story, if there is one, or if they are a series of independent stories linked together to make a LONGER novel.
I think the author missed an opportunity here. I would have enjoyed this much better as a series of books, rather than a montage of very long vignettes spliced together.
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