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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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Currently reading

It Can't Happen Here
Sinclair Lewis, Michael Meyer
The Courier's Tale
Peter Walker
Paul Bannister
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis
The Gates of Zion (Zion Chronicles #1) - Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene This book covers an interesting and often overlooked piece of history, the establishment of Israel for the Jewish people after World War II. Unfortunately, the characters failed to draw me in or make me care about them. The women are so beautiful it is difficult for the men to decide which one they love, and the women suffer similarly because both men are handsome and courageous. The dialog is unrealistic and at times cringeworthy. As others have pointed out, the "bad guys" are all ignorant and cruel while the "good guys" are intelligent and virtuous. If only people were truly that easy to figure out and categorize. I found myself wanting to learn more about the historical events but hoping to read about them somewhere else. As much as I enjoy reading a series, I am not sure if I will continue with this one. Thoene's AD Chronicles was much better in my opinion.