Wednesday, 23 January 2008

On the Road to Heaven/Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

"On the Road to Heaven is a love story about a girl and a guy and their search for heaven-a lotta love, a little heaven, and one heck of a ride in between. In a style reminiscent of and offering homage to Jack Kerouac, "On the Road to Heaven" traces an LSD-to-LDS pilgrimage across the geographic and cultural landscape of two continents in the late twentieth century. From the 1970s hippie heyday of the Colorado mountains to the coca fields of Colombia, it's a journey through Thoreau ascetics, Ram Dass Taoism, and Edward Abbey monkey-wrenching to the mission fields of one of the world's fastest-growing-and most trenchantly conservative-religions. Few stories have ever described a more unusual road to redemption."

This is certainly one of the more edgy LDS novels I've read. I enjoyed the writing style and found the author, Coke Newell, did a wonderful job painting pictures with his descriptions and made the characters came alive for me. If you are looking for squeeky clean LDS writing, this one does contain some mild language.


"A hero with an incredible talent...for breaking things. A life-or-death rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network...the evil Librarians.

Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them! infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness."

This book reminded me a little of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The author, Brandon Sanderson, spent a lot of time talking to the reader, which I found distracting. The plot was interesting and I loved the quirky characters.

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