Saturday, June 9, 2007

Book List: From The Novelist's Perspective

(Since at least the time of Charles Dickens, who developed the novel of social reform and pioneered the concept of the serialized novel, writers of fiction can bring a deeper understanding of underlying ideology, particularly as the implementation of an ideology pertains to cultural aspects. Additionally, novelists can put a human face on those who are faced with important decisions in a changing society)

The Age of Tolerance
Author: Glen Reinsford
Format: Paperback
Publish Date: 2005
Publisher: The Yukon Group
Availability: here and here
Review: This book is a novel, although it doesn't FEEL like a work of fiction. The thesis is: What would the United States be like if Al Gore had won the election instead of George Bush?

The story takes the reader from September 11, 2001, to September 15, 2098, and follows the intertwined lives of several people who live and die in the years following the election of Al Gore to the Presidency. The nation sinks deeper and deeper into the clutches of Political Correctness, and the people experience the logical consequences of that scenario.

The utility of fiction works is that they can provide the added dimension of how living people respond to what might otherwise be a somewhat less engaging discussion of events.

This is a story you should read, and it would be a good one to give to your friends and relatives who don't quite "get it" yet. Oh--and don't forget to take a good look at the cover.

Tea With Terrorists
Author: Craig Winn and Ken Power
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-9714481-1-6
Publish Date: 2003
Publisher: Cricketsong Books
Availability: Online at Tea With Terrorists
Review: Tea With Terrorists is a "barely fiction" work set in the aftermath of 9/11. Four years after the attack, the president, the first woman to occupy that office, finds herself in the position of authorizing a covert mission to capture al-Qaeda's new leaders.

The leader of that mission, Thor Adams, suffers the disappearance of several of his men, and begins a desparate attempt to save them. He finds himself in a world that few of us, well-read though we may be, can even imagine, and facing an enemy so primitive and vicious that we are only just now beginning to acknowledge really exists.

Thor and Cia agent Sarah Nottingly study every clue, from newspapers to ancient scriptures, in order to "connect the dots." In so doing, they learn the awful truth.

The authors actually did the very research described in the story, and met face to face with members of al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas. The interviews described in the novel are basically the minutes of those meetings. Tea With Terrorists is a novel, but it dresses the truth.

Hatred of the Angels
Author: Jane Scully
Format: Online
Publish Date: January 2006
Availability: On line at 6th Column Against Jihad as a series, one chapter about every four weeks, beginning in January
Review: The author's deep knowledge of Islam lends this novel an almost surreal quality. The setting is in Europe, well after the Islamification of that continent. The people have little to no memory of their Western heritage, and they have sunk into a second Dark Age worse than the first one. Reading it, one finds oneself imagining the events to be set in a world of perpetual dusk, a place with no sunshine.

It all begins in "Faith Square," in a place that is no longer remembered as "Paris."