June 29th, 2007

books, bookworm, reading

the end of the world as we know it.

I just finished the last book of the Left Behind series.

The verdict? Sadly disappointing. There's *so* much that can be done around the theme of "trouble in paradise", and... well, Jerry Jenkins is not the guy to do it. It was okay, but it mostly only covers the first hundred years of the Millennium, and meh.

Just disappointing.

Also, any book that has the following quote in the introduction:
It should be plain from our treatment of this great future period that we are the opposites of anti-Semites. Indeed, we hold that the entire Bible contains God's love letter to and plan for His chosen people. If Israel had no place within the future Kingdom of God, we could no longer trust the Bible.

What you might not know by reading simply this extracted quote is that the only way a Jew was getting into the Millennial Kingdom was to confess that Jesus is Lord. That doesn't quite strike me as the opposite of anti-Semites.

Also, my favorite moment in the book -- you shall know the bad guys by their clothes:
But as he looked closely at the pinstripes, he noticed they were made up of a nearly microscopic pattern. Tiny letters. Row after row of LTO, LTO, LTO. The letters ran together, forming the distinctive pattern LTOLTOLTOLTOLTOLTOLTOLTO that from even two feet away just looked like normal striping.

The three were trading contact information when it struck Kenny that maybe it wasn't LTO at all. Maybe it was TOL.

Yes. The bad guys will make themselves obvious by their pinstripes. ;) (TOL is the acronym for The Other Light, the group of folks who have decided to worship Satan instead of God. Why they would do this isn't exactly made clear in the book -- well, other than the prophecy says it has to happen that way. We can't argue with prophecy, can we?)

Anyway, the story was boring, the conflict lacking, and Jenkins is so afraid of blasphemy, he makes his God into a robot that can only quote the Bible. :P And that's all she said.

Meh.
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Off to Westercon.

I hadn't said much, since it happened quite suddenly, but I will be at Westercon this weekend. (It's a long story.)

Given that internet access was practically non-existent at Baycon for folks who didn't have rooms (my plan at the moment is to bring my sleeping bag and crash in gopher crash -- yeah, I'm going to be working for a chunk of this con), and Westercon is being held at the same place, it's probably a fair guess to say that my net access will be sporadic at best and non-existent at worst.

I'm leaving tomorrow and will be there through the Fourth. If you need to get ahold of me, my cellphone number will be in a friends-locked entry just above this one.

You all be good while I'm gone, y'hear? ;)
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just the FAQs, ma'am

I'm sitting here waiting for clothes to dry so that I can take a shower and get final packing done. So I figure I'll go ahead and ask.

I've seen this in both mactavish and cjdoyle's journals, and I find it kinda neat, so I'm going to go ahead and ask this crowd if they'd help with the project. As cjdoyle put it:

I'm thinking it might be fun to put together a "FAQ" for the new readers of my journal, and as away for those of you who have been more or less following my adventures for a while to ask those nagging little questions of me you never find a good time for.

Ask whatever you'd like - I'd be surprised if I didn't answer them all in some form or another. Comments are screened as you'd expect. And please ask *something*. It's no fun if I have to do a "frequently assumed to be questions" post.


So yeah, have fun.
[Edit: Ack, forgot to screen comments. They're screened now.]