May 2, 2013
Recent Literary Encounters
I thought I might highlight the additions to my authors. Recent reads and updated comments ensue:
If you want to peruse the Whole List, visit my Literary Sampler.
|Bahnsen, Greg L.
||Postmil Theonomist. Read his Theonomy in Christian Ethics. Hard, repetitive, drowning in factoids. I remain convinced he was working too hard to prove what is still conjecture.
||Ray Bradbury (Farenheit) I’m hoping the world ends before this happens. It’s too easy to envision and too frightening and depressing to enjoy reading twice. I like the idea of brass pipes. Thought about making one someday to try it out (tobacco, fools).
|Burnett, Frances Hodgson
||The Secret Garden. Yet another of those turn of the century (still almost 19th C.) novels that really get me. I loved the setting, the good capture of the time and place. And the theories of physiognomy that frequent these sorts of books.
||(Kushiel’s Chosen/Dart/Avatar) I haven’t read #4. I don’t think I will any time soon. Too far off my moral scale. A year ago I would’ve bent the spine, but I’ve changed. But it was good stuff. Some interesting religion and philosophy.
||(The Hunger Games) Normally, I should be ashamed to admit reading Teen Pulp. But this isn’t, really. It’s definitely reading for a younger crowd in language, but the plot and the characters, the meaning, definitely reach out to anyone who can read. Good stuff. Ray Bradbury would like it, I think.
||Crazy Zombie Stuff. I wouldn’t normally pick this sort of thing up, but I stumbled upon Alice In Deadland and after a page I was hooked. Weird it was, but there was a running thread of philosophy on modern government and economies that always makes for good Sci-Fi. I enjoyed it. Except they killed the Hatter off.
|Doyle, Arthur Conan
||(Elementary) Sherlock is awesome and I love the Good Doctor for his steadfast faithfulness to his intense and quirky friend. I look forward to the surprise appearances of Sherlock’s brother too. “The Final Problem” may be my favorite. I love bittersweet endings when the last man standing has lost something so important that the clouds draw in and he shuffles home in a colder, more silent state than has been described in previous pages.
And then I read The Lost World. What a diversion from Holmes. And it was right up there in quality and plot. I enjoyed this one immensely.
|Haggard, H. R.
||(Allan Quatermain) “I Got It!” The original Indiana Jones, only out of Africa with tons of epic battles and some echoes of Sherlock Holmes tossed in. I love these books from the 19th Century. They are full of rich details and intricate descriptions.
||(THE MASTER of Sci-fi and social ideas) Yep, he’s a humanist. He’s not Christian, but his work is entertaining, informative, and one can do much worse. I don’t keep up with most Sci-fi any more, but I’ll stick with Bob. I have yet to discover useless writing from this source. Some of the most influential works include “Time Enough For Love,” “Starship Troopers, (NOT THE MOVIE! LEARN HOW TO READ!)” “Number Of The Beast,” and “Stranger…” Seriously, social studies include a strong dose of Heinlein.
||Les Miserables. Fantastic book. Detailed, passionate and FAR more intense than the movie or the play. But both performances do a great job of distilling and capturing the book. I almost want to complain about the author’s asides about Waterloo, religion and social commentary, but that stuff, too, is worth reading. This guy knew how to set the stage and draw the reader in.
||Rough and flowing. Read The Road and The Call of the Wild. Both were really amazing. Totally different books from each other, they were both very much London’s work. Beautiful, in the case of COTW and starkly bright in The Road. Worthwhile.
I’m always thinking more about past reads, returning to old favorites and taking on new works. I can’t claim professional critic status or even well-read, but I love digesting books both old and new. And I can prattle on and on about most of them. Enjoy.