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    The Secret Scripture

        *Feb. 2016 UPDATE: The movie is in post-production, but haven not found a release date   The Secret Scripture takes place in Sligo, Ireland across multiple decades. Roseanne McNulty, an elderly patient in an asylum, secretly recounts the story of her life throughout the pages of The Secret Scripture. Dr. Greene’s journal compliments the narrative told by Roseanne as each of their stories contradict each other and intertwine. Besides being a marvelous story about family, the elusiveness of memories, and the unreliable state of historical fact due to authorship, The Secret Scripture captures an Ireland recovering from the tragedy of The Troubles. Having the opportunity to be in…

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    Good Omens of Religious Humor

      Pratchett and Gaiman combine humor, religion, and wonderful writing to create a book that a reader cannot put down. Good Omens had me laughing in public to the point where people stared. Also, the apocalyptic plot line tingled my religious studies senses and kept me intellectually enthralled. It is not difficult to understand how Good Omens has developed a cult following. I apologize for the brevity of this review, but Good Omens is neither a book to be analyzed nor a book I can find to have a flaw (besides it’s too short). Go forth and find a copy of Good Omens and you will not be disappointed. Note:…

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    When Reality is Seemingly Condensed into 597 Pages

      Sitting in the Stacks Rating: 3.5 (this requires an explanation) My explanation behind giving this book a 3.5 instead of a 4 deals with the cynical view of life the book gave me for a period of time. Although I was riveted to the storyline and would stay up until 2am reading, every page was also a punch in the gut. Adultery, death, self-deprecation, rape, lies, depression, death, etc, this book has it all and constantly reminds you shit can and does happen in life.

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    The Sinfully Good End of Summer Read (brought to you by the Devil himself)

      Does anyone else remember the song “One of Us” by Joan Osborne? Well, what if Satan was one of us?  In Glen Duncan’s book I, Lucifer humanity is graced by a mortal, fleshly Lucifer.  I, Lucifer is the tell all, or as Lucifer corrects “tell some,” about the famous story of the fallen angel.  Yet, there’s a twist.  God has offered to let Lucifer return to heaven if he can live out a mortal life without being too sinful.  Lucifer, taking the offer as a joke, accepts a one-month trial in the body of Declan Gunn, but he discovers human life isn’t as much of a joy ride as…

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    New Technology and a Devlish Book

    I thought I’d pop in with a post while I’m between reviews.  Two things of mild importance have transpired recently that I think would be appealing to anyone who reads Sitting in the Stacks.  First, I have a new piece of technology that I think might just blow your mind, but I’m going to have to learn how to use it.  This new tech is the echo smartpen, produced by livescribe.  It has the catchy slogan, “Never miss a word.” 

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    “As Stalin’s Great Terror begins, a killer strikes…” Murder, Communism, and Religion are the makings of suspense

      Soviet Russia in the 1930s, full of paranoia, party politics, and life or death situations is the setting for William Ryan’s first novel.  The Holy Thief, a novel following the detective work of Captain Alexei Korolev, delves into the crime world of Stalin’s reign where the line between upstanding citizen, murderer, and thief no longer exists.