Okay, with Lost and Idol done, i’ve got a little room to breathe… (there is plenty more to say about LOST and maybe Idol as well, but not now)… it’s time now for a quick glimpse into the media that’s (figuratively) pushing my guts up against my rib cage… this week’s mashed potatoes… off we go…

BOOKS: END OF THE WORLD?!?!
now playing: This Is How the World Will End – The Elms

i have a double dose of bookage here today, but they both kind of touch on the same topic… Will the World End in 2012? by Raymond Hundley and The Last Christian by David Gregory are both “set” in the future and both deal with end-of-the-world type themes… however, they are quite distinct from each other, despite these similarities, and they’ve both been on my mind lately… (and i got them both for free, if that matters)…

Will the World End in 2012?… my first thoughts in response to seeing this title were probably standoffish… i immediately wondered why anyone would write a book asking such a question… secondly, i was a bit irritated because it’s not the right question to be asking… and finally, i thought, “I’ve got to read this” perhaps harkening back to the collegiate instincts that caused me to try random (and often disgusting) combinations of food based on dares or boredom…

It’s a quick book to read, i’ll give it that much… it does seem to address all the major sources of speculation that the world is somehow scheduled to vanish in the final month of 2012, but it’s written at an incredibly high level so nothing is ever fully developed… and, with the high amounts of repetition, it feels somewhat like a bloated pamphlet, a feeling that is realized by the last two chapters… i was glad that Hundley reframed the question from “Will the world end?” to “What if it does?”… however, the method he chose – a glorified altar call to close out the book – left much to be desired…

i know it takes all kinds of people, and everyone responds to different approaches, but this made the book feel a bit like a bait-and-switch… regardless, it was pretty interesting at times, perhaps it would’ve been interesting at all times had it not been about 50 pages longer than it needed to be…

The Last Christian… next up is a work of fiction from the author who brought you Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and The Next Level, neither of which i’ve read, but if you have, then you also have a frame of reference for Gregory’s latest book…

the book takes place about a few generations from now, in 2088, where the majority of the world’s population has internet access embedded into their brains via microchips and world-renown innovator Bryson Nichols has just unveiled his latest invention, a silicon-based brain to replace the human brain and grant the owner eternal life…

The scene takes place amidst a “Judges 2:10” generation – one who “knew not the Lord, and the works which he had done” – that has all but done away with religion… and spends more time in virtual reality than actual life…

and then there is the protagonist… Abby, the daughter of life-long missionaries to the unreachable Inisi tribes of Papua, New Guinea, who has recently emerged from the jungle hoping to save her village from a strange disease… then, she gets a strange message from her grandfather, commissioning her to bring Christianity back to the US… and when a local doctor begins to investigate the disease, that’s when it all begins…

The Last Christian is a gripping tale of interwoven storylines and “DON’T OPEN THAT DOOR!” moments (you know, when you think you can prevent the character from doing what is certain to spell their doom)… plenty of twists and turns keep this adventure rolling along while readers keep reaching for that next page to turn… I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but i’m pretty sure i got more than i could’ve expected… certainly a good read…

SO LONG, FAREWELL…

plenty more topics to write about… and plenty of work being done behind the scenes… thanks for your patience everyone… good things to be expected…

peace… love… bdg…