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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Finds 1-30-2009

Time for Friday Finds! My "finds" list from other bloggers is always so much longer than what I have time to post here! Today my son is ill - but he is sleeping on the couch - so that will decide how many I get to post!

Title: The Bell Messenger

Author: Robert Cornuke with Alton Gansky

I found this book over at Christian Bookroom Reviews

From amazon: A suspenseful yet touching story of a Civil war Bible that pops up again and again over a century and shapes the very history of the nation.
This rich and involving historical and archeological thriller begins as a Union soldier, Tate, shoots a Confederate preacher known as the Bell Messenger and is bequeathed a worn Bible by the dying man. Tate's historical narrative parallels the contemporary story of John Brandon, who has just graduated college in 2000 and received the very same Bible, unearthed in a Saudi Arabian cave, as a gift.
The potent history of this book is revealed as Brandon searches for its previous owners, along the way uncovering the existence of a mysterious cache of gold hidden during Old Testament times -- which brings shadowy figures hot on Brandon's heels, hungry for the gold and desperate to learn the new clues he possesses.
As the past and present intertwine, the reader learns that this Bible has passed through many hands over the years. From the Civil War to the building of the Central Pacific Railroad, to the gang wars and the holding of Chinese slaves in nineteenth-century California, to the trenches of World War I, Brandon learns of the lives this Bible has saved, the deaths it has caused, and the history it has changed forever.

Title: Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Author: Mark Dunn

This find came to me from Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness!

Description from Amazon: Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet

I think that I will end this post with the next find - as it is a series of books, which also led me to sign up for the challenge to read them! It is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I was introduced to this series over at Literary Escapism.

The books in order are:
Outlander (which I have already gotten through Paperback Swap!)
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone (due out fall of 2009!)

Now I need to go read - as having by peanut not feel good the last few days has really thrown off my schedule! Have a good weekend!


Anonymous said...

Hope your little one is well soon. Thanks for stopping by...

Beth F said...

Ella Minnow Pea looks good! Hope your son is feeling better.

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

That Bible book sounds very interesting … I’m listening to the audio version of THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK and it seems like a similar premise.

And the Ella book is already on my TBR list … it looks pretty neat.

Robin M said...

The Bell Messengers sounds really intriguing. Putting it on my wishlist. Thanks.

Shana said...

Ella Minnow Pea sounds like such a fascinating concept for a book! It's on my wish list too!

tanabata said...

I've had Ella Minnow Pea in my stacks literally for years. I really should finally pull it out and read it one of these days.


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