Don’t Get Too Close!

01 Feb Frankenstein (1910 film) Frankenstein (1910 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry I’ve been away from the old keyboard for a bit. About two weeks ago I came down with something like a head cold on steroids. Headache, sinus pressure, a small cough and the usual “Yuck!” By the time my wife and I would get home from work in the afternoons the only thing I would be good for was the couch. It hurt to think much less actually put thoughts to paper (or screen, as the case may be!)

But even when I’m sick, there is one thing I still can do. Read. So here’s a brief recap of what I’ve been reading since the last time I put fingers to plastic.

I finished the fourth book in Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series, “Lost Souls,” in which we meet the third incarnation of Victor Frankenstein, Victor Immaculate. By far the worst of the three, he is even scarier because his views are the same as certain groups of very radical environmentalists today. You might think that there couldn’t be anything funny about this book, but you’d be wrong. Koontz’s pairing of characters and the situations he places them in bring forth some of the best dialog you’ll ever read. Trust me on this. The fifth and final book in the series, ” The Dead Town,” is ready and waiting for me to finish two other books I’m now reading.

One of which is Eugene Peterson”s “Eat This Book.” My Christian friends will recognize Peterson as the author of “The Message.” Some think “The Message” is another paraphrase of the Bible but it describes itself as a “contemporary rendering of the Bible from the original languages, crafted to present its tone, rhythm, events, and ideas in everyday language.” Now, in “Eat This Book,” Peterson discusses the best ways to read this amazing book called the Bible. He stresses that we should try to avoid “atomizing” it, chopping it down into little factoids or proof texts for our pet positions. He spends a lot of words exploring a type of spiritual reading called “lectio divina” which has come down to us from ancient Christians. It’s a wonderful, encouraging read.

Finally, I’m reading the second in Thomas Cahill’s “The Hinges of History” series, titled “The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels.” I read his first volume “How the Irish Saved Civilization” last year and was completely charmed by it. This volume is equally well-written and fascinating. Even if you’re not a person of faith, you owe much to this bunch of desert dwellers. Without their beliefs and ideas, the way we view ourselves and our world would not be possible.

Well, that’s it for now. There are plenty of other books lined up for this year as well. I need to put together some sort of reading plan, but since organization has never been one of my strong suits I won’t promise anything. But I will promise to try to be better about getting to the keyboard. Once I’m feeling better.

Better spray your screen with Lysol for now.


Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Authors, Book Review, History, What I'm Reading


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7 responses to “Don’t Get Too Close!

  1. eaglecanyon

    February 1, 2013 at 1:11 am

    They all sound interesting. That’s the problem with books – there are SO many good ones. I plan on looking into the Dean Koontz series once I “clear the decks” of the considerable stack currently waiting. As always, thanks for the recommendations!

    • Rob

      February 1, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Good to hear from you! You’re right about books. Just too many good ones out there, and at my age I have to be very selective. And a lot more disciplined! I really think you’d enjoy the Koontz Frankenstein series. Not his most serious work, but definitely a LOT of fun!

      Hope all is well with you and yours.

  2. jubilare

    February 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! At least, though, you cannot say your time is wasted with such reading at your fingertips. I feel blessed to live in a society where I have free access to books.

    • Rob

      February 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks, jubilare. As long as there are books around, I can muddle through nearly anything. If anybody comes after our books, THAT’S when the revolution begins! Have a great weekend.

      • jubilare

        February 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        vive la revolution!

  3. Scott Johnson

    March 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation on “Eat This Book.” Seems like an interesting read!

    • Rob

      March 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      You’re welcome, Scott. I like Peterson, even if I don’t always “get” him.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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