#Book Review: Falling Angels by Jen Winters 4/5 Stars

Overview: The Devine made machines to create the world. The machine Lucifer started a fight, forcing the others to choose, him or them. Ambrose is a fallen angel, he didn’t choose either side but wanted only to do his job. This caused him, and others with the same opinion, to become scattered throughout time and space. Once landed somewhere they were forbidden to leave, forced to live their days cut off from everyone. Yuruch is a machine that chose Lucifer, but soon regretted it and made a deal with Ambrose in 9017 BCE, Earth. The deal was protection for nourishment, Ambrose fed him energy and Yuruch would keep other demons away. Through the ages, the pact was fine and the two worked together shaping the world. Present-day Yuruch went off the deep end and blew up Fort Worth. Ambrose is dragged to Texas by his sense of duty and some friends, to find and stop him from more damage.

Opinion: Great. I’m not usually one for this type of reading, but the way the myths and religion is recreated is very crafty and inside the box (Doctor Who reference) thinking. To find angels and demons working side by side to shape the world is interesting as they find common ground and deeds that are in the middle of their opposite spectrums. We bounce back and forth between the past and present learning more about what the two had done together, or how Ambrose arrived to his life today, and find out why each is so fond of the other and how their characters react to the same situations.  The whole concept is intriguing and pulls you in from the first sentence.
Recommend: Yes

Religious Breakthrough

So I’m taking Intro to Humanities II, and was asked to look for a piece of art that resonates with me from a chapter in our text and explain why I am attracted to it. I stumbled upon a picture of Notre Dame Cathedral. I am not a very religious person, nor is my family Catholic (though it is in our blood being Irish and all) but I have always felt a calling to the faith. One part of that calling has always been the beauty of Catholic churches. I have always thought of them as Gothic in architecture and dark fitting their purpose, without really knowing it is Gothic architecture. Growing up I was always told that God is loving and kind, but personally I have found the opposite to be true. Vengeful and angry seem to be more His palette and the old churches cropping up from the Renaissance era were perfect for that side.

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Even though the churches look cold and ominous from the outside, step inside and there is sunlight everywhere. When I was young and stupid, I remember vowing to be married in a church that was big and full of overlooking gargoyles on the outside, colored with stain glass windows inside. A huge organ in the front/back (pick your perspective), rows of beautifully carved pews and high arched ceilings vaulting to the sky. Now the yearning is still there, and am still drawn to the magical buildings that captured my heart as a child, but I know better. Notre Dame Cathedral and many others are just a part of my past, that I wanted for my future that will never be in my present. Which is why I think I am attracted to them, it is something I can never have.

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#BookReview: The Last Town (Wayward Pines Trilogy book 3) by Blake Crouch 3/5 Stars

Overview: The town knows the truth and are now running for their lives. Monsters have been invited in and are hunting for human flesh. Many are slaughtered in the streets or their homes, but those who survived are out for the man responsible. Safely tucked away, Ethan leaves every one behind in order to take control from the man who claims to be God. A nomad blast from the past in the form of Ethan’s old boss, Adam Hassler, wanders into town and saves Ethan’s wife and son from being killed in a jail cell. After over throwing the dictator, Ethan finds himself in charge with another man as co-captain. Working to out the town back together, they make another startling discovery and faced with one of two options; die in town or face the outside world. Choosing a third option, the town sets off on a another questionable journey.

Opinion: The ending sucks. By now everything has become predictable and the only thing no one sees coming is the ending, so you would think that it would be epic. Sadly it is not, you first think they decide to stay in town, then you are led to believe they are leaving only for a third option to arrive. This choice needs more explaining, and then the epilogue leaves so much room for another book but I don’t think we will get one. It had so much promise to be great but turned out to only be good.