On Good Books: Leaving Blythe River

Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde also proved to be a surprisingly good read.  Although a coming-of-age story, the novel doesn’t read like a young adult book.

I had the pleasure to live in Colorado for several years, and I still miss the wilderness.  The novel seems to accurately portray the realities of a similar wilderness — both the beautiful and the harsh.  The characters were also realistic and engaging, from the protagonist to the motley team helping him to his father.

 

Latest Book that Captivated?

What is the latest book I’ve read that was sheer enjoyment?

After a long drought filled with disappointing books from Hoopla, Overdrive, Amazon Prime loans, and even my local library, I checked out from my local library the following:

  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    The first book in a new fantasy series was a surprisingly good read.  Surprising in that I’ve avoided his other works due to strong dislike of the supernatural mash and scent of the occult.  This new world has no faeries, no zombies, no incubi, and — even better — has elements of steampunk in it.  The print version was available at my local library.

The arguments people in Christian circles propose for not pledging allegiance to our flag and our country are specious.

Some talk of divided loyalties – how pledging allegiance to the flag and country has us impossibly serving two masters.

Others talk about allegiance being contrary to our faith in Christ, defining it as acting out one’s duties to his lord, as loyalty and faithfulness, as constant commitment to further its object’s good name and cause.

Still others object as meaningless the phrase “Under God” or pledging to an inanimate object (the flag).

All three arguments are all somewhat plausible – but wrong.

December Status

I have my first critique partner!  So exciting!

My novel and children’s series continue on hold.  I’m working on a revision of my science fiction short story, incorporating feedback from online and from my critique partner.

It’s been interesting learning how to add more emotion beats to my write and learning that sometimes the subtlety I shoot for — well, sometimes it’s just too subtle for the reader.