Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Well-Spoken Wednesday: The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead Book Review

Summary:  One piece of the Skin Map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.
An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …
Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.
Now he’s on the run – and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.
The key is the Skin Map – but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.
Mina, from her outpost in seventeenth-century Prague, is quickly gaining both the experience and the means to succeed in the quest. Yet so are those with evil intent, who from the shadows are manipulating great minds of history for their own malign purposes.
Across time and space, through manifest and hidden worlds, those who know how to use ley lines to travel through astral planes have left their own world behind in this, the second quest: to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect as I began to read this book.  I cannot complain about the level of writing, description, and characterization.  All were exceptional.  Sometimes I even found myself mildly intrigued.
Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea.  I was interested in reading a Christian book that dealt with time travel, but I found this story lacking quite a bit.  Granted, I have not yet(nor do I intend to) read the other books in the series, but I was not impressed.  I found nothing overly Christian in this book. True, there was nothing inappropriate, but God was really only implied or mentioned in passing.
I guess I could say that the time travel spoken in here was too far above my head.  I could not comprehend "ley" travel.  I much prefer the time travel of The Time Machine.
I know I am in somewhat of a minority.  I think that many people have given this rave reviews, and if this style of book suits your facy, be sure to check it out.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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About the Author

Stephen Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. His early life was lived in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.
His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer. During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books.
After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he launched his free-lance career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.
In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to Britain so that Stephen could conduct research for the PENDRAGON CYCLE books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.
In addition to his twenty-four novels, he has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, with whom he has collaborated on books and articles. They make their home in Oxford, England.
Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.
His middle name is ‘Ray’.

1 comment:

  1. I've only read the previous book "The Skin Map" which certainly has an interesting premise, but I wasn't overly thrilled with the novel either. I still remember how it dragged and then, at the end, it was awfully rushed and the epilogue made no sense whatsoever. I guess I won't be picking up this sequel any time soon.


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