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anne rice's new book

i have completed anne rice's new book, "Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt." i believe i was wholly objective and open to what she had to say. i was ready to be "wowed" even. alas, it was not to be. somehow, ms. rice managed to make christ's childhood seem absolutely boring. endless descriptions of deserts, rivers, hillsides. litany after litany. it might better have been titled: 5,000 ways to give thanks to THE LORD. given whose alleged childhood we are talking about here, there was so very much more that could have been said and done. it was written in the first person, which i usually enjoy, but even though it was told from christ's supposedly adult point of view, it always felt as though a (rather simple) child was telling the story. and that's after rice goes on and on telling us how brilliant christ appeared to all of his teachers. i know that some of you whom i love deeply adored this book, but for the life of me, i can't fathom why. i tried to like it. i really did. but in the end, it only made me yawn, and think "is that all there is?" recommendation? if you're curious, wait until it comes out in paperback, or re-read her best book (in my opinion) "Memnoch the Devil."


gods, you had me rolling on the phone when you said, "She made the childhood of Christ boring." Your inflection just did me in. I love you.

Here's something about Chirst you won't be hearing about from the Christians: The God Who Wasn't There. Religion experts dig deep into the myths surrounding Christ, and when they strip away all of the flash and supposition, there's little left but a legend that is nearly identical to countless god and hero legends from centuries before his time (which of course Christians claim is because Satan--that invention of the church in 400AD based on Pan and the Islamic serpent Shaitan), AND--get this--the Jesus Christ legend can be traced back to at least as early as 100 BC, 100 years earlier than he was said to have lived.

If your computer can handle the downloads, you should check out the previews for it. I really want to get my hands on this.

Of course, if he did live, then I suppose he was just a good teacher of kindess and love whose message got warped. Just like the female prophets and teachers were censored from religious texts and the name of God's mother (Sofia) was eliminated. And of course they made Mary the whore and Mary Magdalene into the same person, one a supplicant, the other his wife who supposedly fled to Gaul and started a woman-based faith. It's all hearsay now. It's all steeped in myth and legend and the rabid right and frothing-at-the-mouth-fanatics make it nearly impossible to sift out the history from the fiction.

Here's a recommendation from Tori Amos: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.