Monday, August 27, 2007

In Which I Finish a Novel
I found, clustered/buried among my too many books, a copy of Archangel by Sharon Shinn. I had picked it up years before at a second hand bookstore and bought it on a whim. I am not sorry to have bought it nor to have read it. It is a good book. If you like your science-fiction/fantasy mixed with a light touch of politics and a heavy dose of romance, you will like this book. No. You will love it. My favorite parts were the political and theological parts, which often overlapped. Does Jovah/Yovah exist? Will the god exact judgment? And of course, the typical power struggle between the Archangel and Archangel Elect—who shall prevail? Who, indeed. However, the book is more romance than anything. Gabriel, angelo soon to become Archangel, has been told that he must marry Rachel but finding her is not as easy as he had anticipated and time is running out. Once Rachel is found, things do not get easier. A predictable love-hate relationship—ala Elizabeth and Darcy, Anne and Gilbert, Scarlett and Rhett—follows right to the not surprising in the least conclusion. The problem is, I don’t read romance novels for a reason so what I liked best about this book was not enough for me to really like this book. But that’s me. A person who likes romance will find things to like. In fact, I would guess that most people who like romance would find the theology tedious. There are sequels to this novel. I won’t be reading them. Not because I don’t think that the author doesn’t write well but because I never really cared what happened to Elizabeth and Darcy, Anne and Gilbert, or Scarlett and Rhett after the book was closed. Now I can safely remove this book from my shelves and I am one step closer to fulfilling one of the things on my long list of things to do.
ARIES
This week August 27 through September 2 This week you have an insightful revelation and it's one that will show you an important piece of your life journey or a certain situation you've been dealing with. Tuesday the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse takes place in your sector of spirituality and metaphysical thought and you'll be enlightened about an important issue in your life. Keep your eyes open for guidance and a message will come to you in an unexpected way. Once you learn what the Universe has to say to you, you'll be able to take yourself and your life in a new direction.

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