A Wrinkle In Time and A Mountain of Mystery

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I finished A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle recently and while it is a bit quirky and strange, it’s imaginative.  I like time travel/alternate dimension stories.  This book, part of a five-part series, was written in the 1960s and the author was ahead of her time as far as Sci-Fi fiction.

The main characters, Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace Murry and their friend Calvin O’Keefe, with the assistance of mysterious characters Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, travel between dimensions to help Meg and Charles’ father Alex.  He is trapped in the alternate world of Camazotz by an evil entity called IT where everybody conforms and follows the same routine. The themes of love and sacrifice are interesting, and the idea of people being individuals with free will and that a world where everyone behaves the same way is messed up is a good concept.

I am going to read the rest of the series when I can (more books to add to my already long TBR list, hahaha).

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I also read A Mountain of Mystery awhile back, and I did like it.  The main character, Sadie Speers, deals with the discovery that someone in her family believed to have been murdered many years ago had not died but had run away and started a new life.

For the most part this is a good book.  The setting (the town of Silver Peak in the Colorado mountains) is good.  The concept of a woman faking her death to avoid marrying someone she doesn’t want to marry is an interesting idea to work with, and so is the idea of reconnecting with a childhood sweetheart.  I do like the way Sadie trusts God with her challenges, and I like the connection and friendship she has with some other long-time residents of Silver Peak.

The problem with much of Christian fiction is that there usually isn’t enough nitty-gritty, real-life issue plot to make the story memorable.  Christians deal with unpleasant problems the same as anyone else, and there aren’t always easy answers.  There’s a balancing point; I don’t think a story has to be raunchy or violent to be a good story, but there should be enough conflict to keep things moving.  The story is a nice one but not earthshaking, and it’s not something I’d go out of my way to read again.  I think the best books are the ones you want to read more than once, or if it is a book in the series, you want to finish the series.

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