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review 2016-05-24 09:13
Magical, edgy and imaginative
One Way Fare (Book 1, Null City) - Barb Taub

“Suppose neutral angels were able to talk Yahweh and Lucifer – God and Satan, to use their popular titles – into settling out of court. What would be the terms of the compromise? Specifically, how would they divide the assets of their early kingdom?” – Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (2000)

 

I really only picked up the book as it was advertised on one of my “Free Today” book emails. You know the ones, and if you don’t, why not?  So anyway, there it was, and the cover caught my eye. It was the first in a series, free, written by an author I hadn’t heard of. Why not?

 

Now, here is the thing. One Way Fare had a fairly interesting blurb, though I was a bit leery of the whole “Angels and Demons” shtick. Honestly? The whole Hellhound/Poodle thing is what really caught my attention. And you know what? For all that the Angels/Demons/Time Travel thing is normally so not my thing, well, I was entranced. I mean, really, truly entranced. Taub’s writing is unique. She has shaken up a couple of genres, and written her characters, and her story, in ways that held me rapt from page one.

 

In the room made of light, they plan the end of Hell.

 

The thing is . . . I’m rooting for Hell in this one. No, really. I mean, Lucifer is The Morning Star – which the oldest Latin texts portray as either John the Baptist, or Jesus himself. After all, it isn’t until much later that texts were converted to the concept of The Morning Star as being “Satan,” an evil character. Let’s face it – the ideation of “God vs Lucifer” is based in the takeover of various Egyptian, Canaanite and Jewish tales of gods who fought fiercely amongst themselves for power. To the victor go the spoils – an the right to tell the tales in any way they see fit.

 

Taub’s Hell is a nightmare for anyone who considers intellectualism to be threatening (you know, Right Wing Republicans, that sort of thing). As Ray Williams, in Anti-Intellectualism and the “Dumbing Down” of America (Psychology Today, July 07, 2014), says,  “There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.”

Ha! Send me to Hell, because this place is Interesting!  And a whole “Hell” of a lot more inclusive than “Heaven” could ever hope to be. Or even “Haven,” the place where the Fallen Angels who want to recreate the “Heaven” they were thrown from, exist. So, a bunch of pissy Angels want to destroy Hell – and they don’t care that, “Not only will that strategy lead to massive death and destruction for humans, but it could mean war between Fallen and Angels.” Wow, total narcissism really can be deadly! (I still wish I could remember the book I read, I think it was in the late 70’s or early 80’s, where ‘god’ is so busy staring into a mirror admiring himself – well, keep telling a guy he is handsome, you just know that spells spoiled rotten, self-centered ego maniac, right? – he allows the universe to go down in flames around him.)

 

Then, of course, there is the time travel aspect of the book. Honestly, I am not usually a time travel book lover. They never seem to get the continuity right. But Taub proved me wrong. Her writing makes sense. “I have a theory about time. Things can’t happen if they didn’t.” And what is even more crushing? Things still happen if they did. Taub holds all of the timelines tightly in her grasp, flowing backwards and forwards, building a gossamer web of linkages that never left me thinking “Huh? What just happened?”

This series is now at the top of my “Must Read New (to me) Series.” I already downloaded the second, DON’T TOUCH, Null City Book 2. There are some issues that weren’t tied up all the way in book 1, and I look forward with great eagerness to see how they carry forward through the series. One Way Fare is edgy, imaginative, and deeply unusual compared to my usual experience with this type of book. Highly recommended!

 

And remember this – “Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commits acts they would otherwise find repulsive. ‘The devil made me do it.’ I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.”  ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists

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review 2012-08-01 00:00
Raziel (Fallen (Pocket Books))
Raziel - Kristina Douglas

Raziel By Kristina Douglas was much better than I had expected. I usually don't have much luck with books about angels, with the exception of Angelfall and now Raziel, apparently winged hotties are just not my thing. There were some elements of this book that reminded me of Angelfall which I LOVED, and which initially drew my interest in reading this book. Raziel is definitely for adults and has some pretty detailed erotic scenes which I was so happy to find were not overdone and cheesy as in so many adult books (I thought they were actually quite well done). 

The main character, Allie's new and uncomfortable shoes distract her to the point that she doesn't notice the huge bus bearing down on her until it is too late and she finds herself standing next to what must be an angel? demon? vampire? He informs her that she is dead and he is there to escort her to heaven. This doesn't work out exactly the way Raziel, her fallen angel escort, has planned, however, and now he has to explain to the other Fallen why he has brought this human woman to Sheol to live among them. Allie would like an explanation about this as well because she's not really sure what she's doing living among these terrifying, grumpy, gorgeous creatures but she's fairly certain she doesn't quite fit in. Meanwhile, the Nephilim are at the gates and if they break through, it will certainly be a bloodbath. 

While there were some parts that were almost painfully slow, Raziel was still an satisfyingly entertaining read. I guess I like my angels to be more the dark, apocalyptic, dangerous type instead of all goodness and light. The background of the Fallen and their ongoing conflict with Uriel and search for Lucifer was original and one of the most interesting parts of the story. I'm looking forward to learning where the author takes it in the sequel because the ending left a lot of unanswered questions. This is certainly a series I'd recommend for fans of the genre.

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review 2011-12-21 00:00
The Teachings of the Nephalim: 2012 and beyond - Theolyn Cortens This is the second book of author Theolyn Cortens that I have read. As in Working with Archangels, this book is also set out in a logical and structured order. The introduction explains how the author first met the Nephalim. There are 12 Nephalim and they represent the qualities and virtues we need to develop in preparation for the new age – new age as in the Mayan calendar.

The Mayan calendar is explained as is also the major changes the earth and her inhabitants went through in the previous two ‘new ages’ – those in 3000 BCE and 8000 BCE.

There is a brief introduction to the 12 Nephalim followed by exercises (which have been created to help us become a clear channel for Divine energy) interspersed with spiritual concepts and mystical maps that are tools to help us explore on an inner level. There is information about the paired Nephalim – what they represent and invocations/guided journeys to meet them. Each pair of Nephalim and exercises build on the pair before so there is a logical structure. Part 3 is all about become a Nephal yourself.

There are several things I really like about The Teachings of the Nephalim
The fact that the Nephalim were divine as well as physical – they know what it’s like to live in the physical world and so to me are perfect to ask for guidance! (In the past I’ve read quite a lot about the Nephalim and believe they did exist on the physical plane)
it’s a hands-on manual! Anyone can access the exercises and although ultimately the journey is to connect with your divinity, they can be used for you to take a look at your life, realise that you are a creator and make changes for a better life.
The word ‘kything’ – this is so much better than ‘channelling’ and as the author says, it’s a two-way process where there is interaction and choice.
Guided journeys. I just love guided journeys! You can record your own using the text in one of the appendices or download MP3 versions from the authors website.
the spiritual concepts make a lot of sense (which my earthiness loves) and even if you have come across information before ie; the four soul dimension; how we can communicate with other realms … it is good to have it reinforced. If you haven’t - it is explained in such a way that I guarantee you will understand

I do suggest you use a journal to record all the exercises/information. Not only is this a way to make things concrete but will help you reflect as you move forward.

This is one book I will be dipping into again and again. I know there are things I will need to ‘go back’ to as I get too immersed in my day-to-day life and have forgotten. Eventually, I’m hoping that asking the Nephalim for guidance will result in me living a life that is 100% human and 100% divine!
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