I wasn’t exactly tagged for this, uh, “tag”. I found it on this blog, and its author invited all readers to join in, and here we are! So, thanks Áine!
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Hogarth (first published January 1st 2014)
It 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.
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.
I got nominated for a blog award.
Yeah, I know, I was shocked as well. In a good way, of course. I was nominated by the super sweet Anne Marie over at AM Station. Thanks for the nomination, Annie! The #1 of this award’s rules is an easy one, isn’t it?
What are the rules, you ask?
I 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?
I specifically purchased this ink sample for the purposes of using it in my Esterbrook LJ. It’s a sleek black pen. So, I wanted a sleek black ink to complement it.
I think Perle Noire is that ink. It has some flaws but they’re not unforgivable. This will my first review of the J. Herbin brand, and I’m glad it’s this ink.
This 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.)
I’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!
Before we get any further, I’d like to try and explain my absence. A few days ago, I contracted a rather vicious case of hay fever. So, I’ve been sick in bed for the past week. Still, I’ve managed to stop being a wimp and pull myself together to write this post.
Anyway, enough with my whining let’s start analyzing. Shall we?
Are 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.