Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Review – Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my most favorite authors. I have read ALL of her books and can’t wait for the next one to come out. 

She is a series author and has created several fantastic worlds. She lists them in reading order so it’s easy to keep track of where you are in each series. Her Dark-Hunters series is my favorite and the most popular. Infinity is the latest in this series.

These books are great for both men and women. They are packed with history, myth, fantasy, sex, evil, love, war, and searing inter-personal and internal conflicts.

Start at the beginning and enjoy hours and hours of non-stop fun.

From the website:

The world of the Dark-Hunters is unlike anything you've every seen before. It's dark. It's gritty. It's dangerous...

And it's a whole lot of fun.

My name is Nick Gautier and this is the story of my life.

First off, get the name right. It's pronounced Go-shay not Go-tee-ay or Goat-chay (that has an extra H in it and as my mom says we're so poor we couldn't afford the extra letter). I'm not some fancy French fashion designer. I'm just a regular kid... well as regular as someone with a stripper for a mother and a career felon for a father can be.

But as my mom so often says friends are what God gives us to make up for the families we're born into. And my mother, in spite of her occupation is a lady and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise. Consider this your notice. You respect Cherise Gautier or I'll learn you better.

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I give all of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books 5 out of 5 butterflies. They are well written, interwoven and mega-fun.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Book Review – The Jesus Dynasty

The Jesus Dynasty by James Tabor


This book was very readable and fascinating. It proposes some very plausible explanations for the “historical” Jesus.

It does say that Christianity as we mostly know it today is based on visions by Paul that are not rooted in actual history so if you are not interested in hearing this, I’d suggest you not read the book.

If you want to read a well-researched alternative view of Jesus, I definitely recommend the book. It is not a Dan Brown, jump-all-over-the-place theory.

From the website (about the author):

James Tabor (Ph.D. 1981, University of Chicago) is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1989. He previously held positions at Notre Dame and the College of William & Mary. His training is as an historian of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism. Tabor has combined extensive field experience in archaeology in Israel and Jordan with his work on ancient texts, including work at Qumran, Sepphoris, the “Suba” cave, and most recently, Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. He is chief editor of the Original Bible Project, a new scholarly translation of the Bible for the year 2012.

From the website (about the book):

Based on a careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, The Jesus Dynasty offers a bold new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity.

In The Jesus Dynasty biblical scholar James Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus.  Jesus, as we know, was the son of Mary, a young woman who became pregnant before her marriage to a man named Joseph.  The gospels tell us that Jesus had four brothers and two sisters, all of whom probably had a different father from him.  He joined a messianic movement begun by his relative John the Baptizer, whom he regarded as his teacher and as a great prophet.  John and Jesus together filled the roles of the Two Messiahs who were expected at the time, John as a priestly descendant of Aaron and Jesus as a royal descendant of David. Together they preached the coming of the Kingdom of God.

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I give this book 5 out of 5 butterflies. Well written, easy to understand and thoughtful.

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