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June 5th, 2009

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08:23 pm - Book Reviews: Peace Like A River & Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter (aka Knife)
So I've actually done some reading of brand-new books this past week, and wanted to share a few thoughts on two of them.

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger

I'd had this book recommended to me from several directions--Christian readers, non-Christian readers, people who just loved the story and writers who thought it was a brilliant book. So when I saw a copy lying around in a used book stall (very nice condition paperback for very, very cheap), I picked it up and brought it home.

I'm thinking now I would have paid full price for a hardback copy. It's that good (hardback books still say "need or luxury" to me).

The voice, that of Reuben Land is rough and eloquent and frank, a man looking back on his boyhood.

From my first breath in this world, all I wanted was a good set of lungs and the air to fill them with--given circumstance, you might presume, for an American baby of the twentieth century.

This is a story of miracles; a story of the American Midwest in the middle of last century; the story of a family, an outlaw, a determined lawman; a tragedy and a gift; the story of the inescapable losses of life, the unfairness and frustration; a story of unquenchable joy; a story about doing good to your enemies, and what happens after.

That tells you nothing, really, and that's perhaps as it should be. I'll leave you with Reuben's challenge: No miracle happens without a witness. Someone to declare, Here's what I saw. Here's how it went. Make of it what you will.

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter, by R. J. Anderson

A sharp, unsentimental (but far from unlovely) take on faeries. I adored Knife for her adventuresome spirit, her curiosity, and her courage. The story works well--full of surprises, exacting details, moments of wonder, moments of danger and action, and love of all sorts, including but not limited to a budding romance.

I am particularly fond of a couple of the twists on traditional fairy lore (changelings, what fairies are, how they relate to the human world).

(A quick personal note and SPOILER: I had my own first kiss a few weeks before reading this book, and was inordinately pleased that the description of a first kiss here was so close to my own experience. *g*)

Definitely a recommended read for all ages, though there are brief mentions of a topic or two that are realistic but quite grown-up for the supposed age group this book was published for.

rj_anderson, I can't wait for book 2. :)

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Date:June 6th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved Peace Like a River. It's what 'Christian lit' ought to be trying to do: complex characters with real faith, and yet no easy answers. And wasn't Swede amazing? Rather uncomfortable to have her as a little sister, maybe. A friend suggested last night that 'truly moral literature' ought to make you take a good hard look at yourself and realize how far you have to go, and Swede totally does that for me.

*shields eyes from Knife review with spoilers*

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