I think the word "Tome" is cool

I been doing some reading lately, stuff recommended to me by former lifegroup members and good friends Andy and Cassaundra, here’s a quick little review of them.

First up is Halo: Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund. It’s a novel set in the Halo universe, the 4th one, I believe, so you’d probably do well to have played the games at least before picking this one up. And in all seriousness, you should probably read the previous Halo novels (The Fall of Reach, The Flood, and First Strike) or else you’ll be confused as to what’s going on. If you’ve done that, however, you’ll be set to enjoy Onyx. Don’t expect to see Master Chief in action, he’s only referenced by the other characters. The book revolves around the other surviving Spartans mentioned in First Strike, and what they have been doing in the events of the second video game, and also what the heck Dr. Halsey has been doing since took off. It’s a good read if you’re into the setting of Halo, and if you haven’t gotten into it yet, but enjoy a good sci-fi, pick up the first three books, play or read story summaries of the 2 Halo games (and they are a blast to play, but halo.bungie.org has transcripts of the stories), and if you like what you see, you’ll like Ghosts of Onyx.

Next up is Undressed: The Naked Truth about Sex, Love, and Dating, by Jason Illian. Talk about something of an off-putting title, right off the bat Illian lets you know there will be no pulled punches, nothing hidden behind niceties, he’s going to be open, honest, and frank about what he has experienced and what he thinks God is trying to tell us about this crazy thing we’re all trying to deal with called love. Do I agree with what he’s saying? Well, let me put it to you this way. After finishing the book, I wanted to call Robert Herbert (Antioch’s college pastor) and tell him to either read it before he gives his next dating sermon, or give everyone a copy of the book in lieu of doing so. I seriously think that if he were to do so, we could all certainly be more prepared and better informed about approaching this integral part of ourselves. Read the darn thing, it’s very good.

Last up is Tempest, by Troy Denning. The latest Star Wars book, 3rd in the new series called the Legacy era, which occurs 40 or so years after the Battle of Yavin (in the original Star Wars movie). Basically, what we’re dealing with here is the Galactic Alliance is being split in two by a civil war, and while that’s all going on, an old apprentice of Vader’s has resurfaced to seduce Jacen Solo (Han and Leia’s eldest son) to the path of the Sith. Jacen, due to previous events in the New Jedi Order era, is certainly in a bad frame of mind where he would be open and eventually accepting of a path and destiny of becoming a Dark Lord of the Sith. Tempest continues his struggles between his devotion to the Sith path, keeping it secret from his parents and the Jedi, and the fear that his destiny will require him to sacrifice that which he loves most, his lady love and their daughter. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this book, because all of Troy Dennings previous books have been absolutely awful to read. He’s horribly non-descriptive, jumps to new settings almost randomly, and does not do a very good job of immersing you in the book. However, he seems to be learning from his mistakes, because Tempest does not suffer from this, and is actually very engrossing. Pick it up if you’re inclined to do so.

That’s my little book review. Enjoy, and see you all next time.

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