Bad Life Decisions: Chapters 23 & 24

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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July 28, 2015

Only $105 more to my goal of $2,000 for RAINN (or equivalent organizations)! Can we do it? I sure hope so, because once I hit the last paid-for page, I’m done–in fact, if you’ve been meaning to donate and haven’t yet, I suggest you do so now: I won’t be counting anything sent to me after this Friday, July 31.

War in Heaven, Theodore Beale

Chapter 23: Silence in Darkness

This is the point where, in my mentions, tons of people declared Theodore Beale to be a Fake Geek Guy. I can’t say I disagree.

Jesus Mary and Joseph how the hell do you mix up C3PO and R2-D2? How is that even possible? Also, I seem to recall that Holli and Jami and a bunch of Godly folk were also on Rahab, I sure hope they got magicked out before Gabriel went all wrath of God on them.

This chapter’s a hot mess, there are continuity errors all over the place, lots of telling and not showing and what is pretty literally a deus ex machina at the end of the chapter. Every time I think the book can’t get worse, it does.

Chapter 24: The Light of Truth

I don’t think I have any more words in me about this book tonight.  This is just terrible. There’s 50 more pages and I have no idea how it’s possible to redeem Christopher as a character at this point–he’s just so terrible and while grace may be unearned, this is supposed to be a work of fiction, not theology. And we expect our works of fiction to hang together in some sort of coherent way and this just doesn’t.

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