Book Review: The Book of Strange New Things

(*DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE AS PART OF THE BLOGGING FOR BOOKS PROGRAM, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. NO OTHER FORM OF COMPENSATION WAS GIVEN, AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE MY OWN.)

Basic Information:

Paperback, 528 pages

Published June 30th 2015 by Hogarth (first published January 1st 2014)

Back Cover Blurb:

TheBookofStrangeNewThingslargecoverIt begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, The Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.


Introduction:

First of all, I want to apologize to my readers. Which means you, if you’re reading this. Which you are. Hopefully. So, I apologize. I wanted to be able to finish this book. I tried. I couldn’t. And with the deadline for this review coming up, I thought it best that I open up and explain to you why I left this book on the shelf and won’t be opening it up again any time soon. Well, here goes.

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Sunday Snapshot: July 13th, 2015

Sunday SnapshotI dropped the ball on this one guys, my apologies. I’ve been sickly sick this past week, and haven’t been able to get myself together. But, I’ve got this one post here for ya’ll, and I’m glad to be back.

So, let’s get on with it. First up on the agenda, some interesting articles that, well, interested me. Do they interest you, as well?


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Beautiful People for Writers: July 2015 Edition

This month's Beautiful People for Writers link-up. Learn more about your characters by participating! Beautiful People for Writers Link-up: July 2015 Edition // Writing AbbyThis is the first time I’ve participated in a “link-up” of this sort, so it’s super exciting. Although, I did create a link-up of my own. If ya’ll haven’t heard of this project, Beautiful People is a monthly list of questions writers can use to flesh out their characters, utilizing their blogs to do so. It’s pretty cool. So, again, I’m glad to be a part of this, and if you’d like to join up, you can find out more about Beautiful People here.

This month, I’d love to introduce you guys to Roland Naveau. He’s being a bit of a pill, which is hazardous during Camp NaNo, so getting to know him better is at the top of my agenda. Wouldn’t you like to meet him? I thought you would. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I have of him. He’s quite elusive. (*I also think he hides pictures.)

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On Protagonists: Writer’s Link Party

Writer'sLinkParty_OnProtagonistI’m pretty excited on this quiet, Saturday morning. Want to know why? Of course you do. Today is the day of the first Writer’s Link Party. Cue the streamers! I’m excited to bring you some of the best of the best of the World Wide Web, and I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for moi.

I could think clever-er things to say, but I’m way too excited. So, let’s get this Party started, shall we? Remember, comment below to get your entry on this list!


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Introducing the Writer’s Link Party!

writer'slinkpartyAre you a writer? Do you have your own blog? I suppose you share writing tips on that blog as well. Do you want to know a secret? There’s a place for you to share all that writing goodness, right here on Writing Abby. Because what better place exists, am I right?

Today, I’m announcing the upcoming (and recurring monthly) Saturday Link Party for Writers. If you have a blog, and post about writing, you want to jump on board. This Saturday, there’s going to be a party on Writing Abby.

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