Why so Serious?

The Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood; 1964; 125 pages; Harper & Row Publishers, New York, NY; checked out from Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ through the Interlibrary Loan Program; 7/25/19-7/29/18

Why did I read this?  Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage, mentions it in the book and I decided I wanted to read it.

We have taken the Bible which has many joyous and humorous passages and made it into a somber and dry recitation of what happened in the past.  We have come to revere the Bible so much that we often seem to miss many of the sutilities that are in the Word.  Trueblood points out that some of the parables and some of Jesus interactions with others are humorous when viewed through the lens of the time they happened.

8/10, because of the heavily academic nature of the narrative.

What is with the title of the review?  Some time we attach too much gravity and not enough jocularity to the ancient manuscripts that make up the Word of God.

 

2 stories in 1

Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson; 2008; $16.00; 290 pages; Penguin, New York, NY; 978-0-14-311552-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 7/23/18-7/24/18

Why did I read this?  I have read the previous books in the series and have really liked them.

Longmire has brought his daughter Cady back from Philadelphia to work on her rehabilitation after she was brutally attacked.  A body of a Vietnamese woman is found alongside the highway.  In her purse is a picture of Longmire during his time in Vietnam during the American War. As Longmire investigates the homicide it reminds him of his time as a Marine Investigator during the end of the war.  He and his regular cast of characters find the answers they were looking for.

What is with the title of the review?  We get the story of a current homicide investigation in Wyoming and a drug smuggling ring in Vietnam during the closing days of the war in 1975.

10/10

 

new family members

The Hit by David Baldacci; 2013; $27.99; 392 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2121-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 7/21/18-7/23/18

Why did I read this? I read the first book in the series and really liked the characters that David Baldacci has created.

Someone is taking about members of the agency that Will Robie works for.  They are taking out people at the top and the bottom of the agency.  Will is tasked with tracking down the killer, whom is another assassin from the agency.  As will tracks down the assassin, he begins to realize that things aren’t as they should be.  He ends up teaming with the assassin to straighten things out after the head of the agency and all the way up to the head of the United States government.  Several of the characters from The Innocent also appear in this story.

What is with the title of the review?  There are several new characters introduced in the story and I have a feeling they will return in future stories.

10/10

what a cliffhanger

Spymaster by Brad Thor; 2018;$27.99; 327 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8941-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 7/16/17-7/17/18

Why did I read this?  Because I anxiously read each Brad Thor book, I have waited a year to read this and will anxiously await the next book, because I think Scott Horvath will have a completely new motivation for doing what he does.

Illegal US weaponry is found in a Scandinavian country and Scott Horvath starts to track down people who are trying to steal them.  There is lots of intrigue and action as is expected in a Brad Thor novel.  I don’t remember all the details, but it was an exciting read with an unexpected ending.

What is with the title of the review?  The ending of the story was unexpected and a cliffhanger.

10/10

 

 

what you don’t know will hurt you.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott; 2018; $27.00; 342 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-316-54718-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library; Library Outreach Services; 7/17/18-7/21/18

Why did I read this?  Because several authors that I like recommended the book.

Two young cross country bond at a running camp and then one transfers to the others high school.  They become best friends and competitors for a science scholarship.  One tells the other a secret that puts a kink into the relationship.  Many years later after they have graduated high school, college and become scientists they work together at a research facility.  Their relationship is strained due to the secret, however later things happen that forces them together.  They find another secret about their employee that stresses out the relationship.

9/10