The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (audio)

It wasn’t laugh out loud funny, at least to me, but it was witty and droll. With a number of interesting characters this first in a series was entertaining enough to make me want to continue on to book number two.

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Death’s Doors by Lars Walker

I am a fan of Lars Walker’s writing but I confess I really struggled with his latest novel. This dystopian fantasy felt didactic and preachy to me. Ultimately, it was interesting with some well done aspects but didn’t really come together.

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Theme OCD?

Did I just spend countless hours over the last few days futzing around with the themes on this site only to return to the theme I had been using for months? Yes …

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The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke

Like so much of Clarke’s work it is full of brutally honest appraisals of human nature and tendencies but also absurd events and dark humor. But Clarke’s characters seem remarkably realistic despite the absurdity. He has a way of shining a light on the absurd nature of much of “everyday life.”

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Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues by N.T. Wright

Wright wants to use what historical research might teach us, and read scripture as its authors intended rather than with the philosophical assumptions of the modern age. He seeks to navigate between the fundamentalism of the right and the vague spiritualism of the left.

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