Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Opus 2017-294: Book Review: Lightening’s Daughter

I am exiting another book.  I have two factors that I find make books hard for me to read:  Fantasy and female authors.  These factors are not prejudice, they are observations based on experience.  Both factors have exceptions.  I have read and enjoyed some fantasy.  I have read and enjoyed some female authors.

I am afraid that Lightening’s Daughter lived up, or down, to both standards.  As fantasy it was a hard sell.  The heroine was a sexy young lady who had managed to become an awesome warrior and was able to disguise herself as a man and penetrate a nomadic, barbarian culture.  She was eventually discovered.  In a day before transgender was considered normal you either had someone so feminine that they could not swing a sword more than once or so masculine that they would never be discovered.  That doesn’t even make allowance for curves and lack of facial hair.

I was dealing with that until I came to these paragraphs.
    “He reined his horse to a snorting, prancing stop directly in front of Nara (a telepathic horse, immune to magic and bonded to our heroine) and Gabria (our heroine) and swept off his hood.  “Sorceress!” he cried, “I have been looking everywhere for you!”
    Gabria was so surprised she could only stare down at the man.  He was young and lean, with the dark skin and brown eyes common to Tutic tribesman.  His black hair was worn in an intricate knot behind his head.  His face was clean-shaven, revealing the strong, narrow lines of his jaw and cheekbones.  Gabria thought he was compellingly handsome, and he met her confused stare with a bold, masculine look of pleasure.” p. 76
At this point I could just hear all the female readers throwing a big sigh.  I wondered if Fabio had somehow been channeled into the script.  This is standard boilerplate for romance novels.  It is the kind of stuff that makes me want to puke.  I can’t ride a horse.  I am old and far from lean.  I am pale and bald, need a shave and have confused lines of jaw and cheekbone.  I cannot relate.  I certainly am not attracted.

So another book goes on the pile for the used bookstore.  At least I woke up somewhat earlier than I do other times.  I guess it is back to Aristotle and Churchill.

Herbert, Mary H.  Lightening’s Daughter.  Lake Geneva, WI:  TSR, Inc., 1991.

homo unius libri


  1. I discovered long ago that the older books are generally the best. Most of those authors had LIVED; most modern authors of novels haven't experienced enough of normal life to make their writing even remotely realistic or interesting. Besides, the old books teach you history, even when they don't intend to do so. Modern attempts to place stories in historic settings fail miserably due to the author's ignorance.

    1. I have always felt like good historical fiction can teach you a lot but the key is in the "good".

      Grace and peace

  2. That's about the point I would have thrown the book across the room.

    1. I am afraid I don't have the marvelous muscles to do that.

      Grace and peace.


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