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Pullman, Philip. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. New York: Canongate, 2010.

This is an entry in the publisher's "Myths" series, which invites popular authors to present their own takes on famous myths. It should surprise no one, methinks, that noted atheist and anti-Church author Pullman chose the myth of Jesus of Nazareth, called the Christ.

History versus truth )
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I was digging through my filing cabinets to answer a question for [personal profile] thistleingrey the other day (yes; I am one of those people who saves her school notebooks. I could probably get rid of the ones from middle school, though) and came across my eighth grade reading journal. It's hilarious on multiple levels, the most obvious being that the entries form a pattern: one will read, "Dear [teacher name redacted], I started [insert book name here] today…" and the next will begin, "Dear [teacher name redacted], I finished [insert book name here] today…" The other thing is that my reading journal consists almost entirely of plot summaries. And they're not even very good plot summaries! So, yes. As a reviewer, I have had a long apprenticeship in my craft (I'd rate myself at the journeywoman level now), but there has also been a definite learning curve.

So, for my own amusement and because it turns out I read some decent books in eighth grade, I've extracted the non-plot summary bits for some and am posting them here, with some contemporary commentary.


David Weber, On Basilisk Station )


Michelle West, The Uncrowned King )


Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass/Northern Lights )
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OMG freakishly accurate, that's all I have to say. (Except for, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] yhlee for the pointer.)
Know what it is. )

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