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Starting on Livejournal in 2006, and then on WordPress since some other time, I’ve been blogging as The Taser’s Edge, which means this blog has a lot of history on it. If you want to continue to follow my thoughts or life, please do, but I’m now blogging over at nickjjordan.wordpress.com.
Filed under: Books, Ecclesiology, Evangelism, Prayer, Spirituality, Theology, Worship | Tags: bombadil eucharist
Though the hobbits ate, as only famished hobbits can eat, there was no lack. The drink in their drinking-bowls seemed to be clear cold water, yet it went to their hearts like wine and set free their voices. The guests became suddenly aware that they were singing merrily, as if it were easier and more natural than talking.
The Lord of the Rings, Part One: The Fellowship of the Rings, Bk. I, Ch. 7
Filed under: Art, Books, Film, Life, Spirituality | Tags: hunger games, patrick ness, the knife of never letting go, ya fiction
The Knife of Never Letting Go‘s protagonist and narrator, Todd Hewitt, is the last boy in the last village on his planet. Soon before his birth on New World, war had broken out between human settlers and the native Spackle. Although the human settlers of the planet managed to destroy the natives, it was not before they had been struck with a biological weapon which killed every woman and girl and which left the remaining men unable to stop hearing the unfiltered thoughts of one another as well as every dog, squirrel, cow, and crocodile on the entire planet.
As the single and final boy on the planet, Todd’s days are spent working as well as playing and hunting with his dog Manchee, particularly in the local swamps. One day, for the first time in his life, he hears…silence. Its source? A human girl.
For his discovery, the men of his town decide they must kill him, and as he flees with the girl, his dog, and a long-hidden journal written by his mother into the wilderness of an entire planet, he is forced to realize that all he’s ever been told about his life and his people is a complete lie.
Read this book. It’s an original story, it is well-written, it is good speculative fiction, and it respects its younger target audience (while remaining very dark). And when Lionsgate releases the film version in a couple years, you’ll be able to quietly judge all those people scrambling onto the bandwagon at the last minute.