What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

In Perfect Harmony

Nic Sheff is a very interesting person and writer.  This is the second of his books I have written.  I read this one because of his name and also the cover looked fabulously scary.  Harmony House was scary.  I liked the way that he handled the religious aspects of the book.  I have complained about writers and movies that are inconsistent in their inclusion of religion in a book.  You know, the movies where houses of Baptists have crucifixes on the walls, that kind of thing.  But this was consistent.  This book does have a lot to do with religion.  And it doesn't really bash faith.  It just bashes faith that has turned bad.  Obsessive and twisted faith.  Radicalized Roman Catholics in this case. But as a person of faith, I wasn't offended by the material here, because it was clear that the depiction of faith in this case was to point out what happens when it goes awry.  The language was rough here, but I think people do sometimes talk this way, so it wasn't gratuitous, but if you can't handle bad language, you probably do want to skip this one.

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