In Which I Read Books

And get bored enough to blog about them. Actually, I’m not bored, I’m procrastinating: I’m supposed to be taking a shower.

 

So, here are the books I’ve been reading lately:

The Ringmaster’s Daughter by Jostein Gaarder
I thought this book was ok. Coulda done without the sex scenes. The book was engaging enough to keep me reading it. It’s about this kid/adult named Petter who has an overactive imagination. He then uses this overimagination by creating plots for writers that need ideas. I don’t get the thing at the end where he feels his life is threatened, because I do not see at all how this could be life threatening, and didn’t feel like the book did a good job of explaining it.

I’m still not sure what the point of the book is. Lemme give you the basic overview: Petter meets Maria. Petter and Maria have child. Maria leaves. Years pass. Petter meets another woman who seems like his soul mate. They have sex. Afterwards, he finds out that this woman is his DAUGHTER. And that’s the end of the book.  The other stuff, like Petter’s business of selling stories to authors, had potential, but this particular storyline kind of… majorly sucked.

Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark— I liked this book. It’s about a 15 year old  girl (though we don’t find out that she is 15 until the end of the book, which is super stupidly annoying, as these are things I like to know right off the bat. I had to keep revising her age the whole way through.) who spent the last 4 years living in the south, because her mother died. Her father, however, is very much alive and well, and it was never quite explained why she had to go live with an aunt and uncle in the south when her father was alive and well. There was a one sentence explanation that didn’t make much sense, however, there was NO explanation at ALL why she suddenly returned to the North to live with her father, especially since she seems to have enjoyed the south so much.

Anyway, when the girl (whose name I’ve already forgotten, and Amazon is devoid of plot descriptions or reviews to get it from.) comes back to the North to find that her house is a stop on the underground railroad. Her father is away for a few days,s o she and her brother have to help 12 year old Marcus cross the river to Canada.

I personally thought the main character came across as a 12 year old rather than 15, however, if you’re appealing to the 12 year old audience, I could definitely understand that. I think that the character should have then BEEN 12, but whatever. I thought that the narration talked down to the audience a lot, but again, 12 year olds might need that, especially 12 year olds not familiar with slavery.

I also thought that the main character switches way too quickly from being pro to anti slavery, but could excuse that because it’s possible the author only had a limited number of pages to work with.

I’d highly recommend this book for the 8-12 crowd. At that age, this is something I would have been all over.
The Time Machine, by HG Wells.
This is an excellent book that everybody needs to go out and read RIGHT NOW. It’s awesome. A man goes forward in time to the future, and talks about the humans he meets in the future, which have regressed a lot since their time, which is 1860 something. One part of the human race grew very simple and childlike, and another race of human beings went to live under ground. The man (his name is never mentioned) is afraid of the humans who live underground, and spends most of the book trying to get his time machine back from them. He then travels forward until the end of time, then comes back. The people he tells the story to aren’t sure whether to believe him or not. In the end, the time traveler goes away on his time machine and never comes back. The end.

Surfing for God by Michael John Cusik

While I personally do not struggle with pornography, I do struggle with other addictions. Unless what he was saying was specifically related to sex, I could still pull out the principles and apply them. My major complaint with this book is that it is very masculine oriented. It is not acknowledged that women struggle with porn too, perhaps not AS much as men, but a LOT of women struggle with it, and I’d say it’s a pretty big issue. I think to ignore this and go on and on about porn making you feel more masculine, and finding true masculinity, bla bla bla, is very sexist. This is not even an issue of wishing the author would interchange pronouns “he” and “she.” What I’m talking about is an author who completely ignores the fact that he may very well have a huge female audience, and addresses his remarks only to men.

Aside from that, there are some VERY good principles in there, though some of his theology is off. He makes a lot of good points, offers a lot of good suggestions, and even tells us his testimony.

I actually got this book for free, because, for a time, it was available for free downloading on the website. I’m not sure if it still is, but I figured that if it was free, I’d take it. If I had to pay actual money for it, though, I’m sure I would’ve been disappointed. This is a great book for men, but if you’re a woman, I’d recommend finding a different book.

And now I’ve procrastinated to the point where I REALLY must go shower. I hope the water got warmer since I last checked though. Lukewarm showers in the middle of winter? Ugh! I’ll spongebathe in the sink if they don’t fix this!

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