Bad Life Decisions: Chapters 13 & 14

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June 30, 2015

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War in Heaven, Theodore Beale

Chapter 13: The King of Chaos

So there’s a lot of magma spurting and hot molten rock and Kaym sending Melusine to advise Christopher and keep an eye on him and this is just ridiculous.

There are actually things happening in this chapter, though, which is something. But does this chapter serve the overall plot? This would be a much more dynamic book if Chris had any doubts about the decision he’s made or wondered about the theological repercussions. But he doesn’t, it’s all a game to him.  This is bad theology, y’all.

I’m no theologian, but I will posit that there is more theology between 0:49 and 0:54 in this video than in the entirely of this shitty, shitty, shitty, shitty book. More humanity, too.

Chapter 14: Lady of the Tower

(and I meant evil in the sense that apparently not Christian is evil. Not that I think kabbala is evil.)

Did I mention that I was drinking while reading these chapters? Because by the time I got to chapter 14, what with its screwy sense of time and the whole obedience is better than understanding nonsense, I was glad because that’s a bunch of nonsense and really? Really? You call this a plot? Where shit is constantly taking place off-page and people’s names change from page to page? Where there were apparently days of conversation between Jami and the Fruit Lady but we don’t get to see any of them, while Holli is passed out two days? Three days? Five days? Who the fuck knows how long she was passed out from hitting her head on a rock, God will provide, amirite? And then when Holli finally does wake up, she’s worried about her looks? Really?

Really, it beggars the imagination. It really does.

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1 Comment

  1. lampwick

    Beale really needs to prune the adjectives. Well, he needs to do a lot of other things too, but this one is probably the easiest.

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