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Top Reviewer Ranking: 41 - Total Helpful Votes: 412 of 495
Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative by Sam Storms
This is a fairly comprehensive overview of Amillenialism, coming in over 500 pages. Storms is an able guide to the subject, making his exegesis detailed but clear. He doesn't leave many, if any, of the issues untouched so this book is certainly valuable in articulating an Amillenial position. Storms also outlines opposing positions, as is necessary to distinguish his views from others. Here he is quite fair, in my opinion - he is clear where and why he disagrees without being condescending or dismissive. Of course he is most engaged with dispensational premillennialism, but he does engage with postmillennialism as well.

I am quite sympathetic to Sam Storms' view - insofar as I… Read more
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Doesn't mean you should read it. A lesson I've learned several times.

1) This book is far too long (for me). An 830 page novel needs to justify its length somehow, this book didn't achieve that. Middlemarch, yes, The Luminaries, no.
2) The structure of the novel is pretentious, in my opinion. I don't want to have to get myself updated on the Zodiac to understand how the novel is structured. It's okay to make your readers do some work, but you have to pay them back. This book doesn't do that.

That being said, Catton is a fine writer. The opening paragraphs are some of the best I've ever read. Unfortunately the story went downhill from there. We should also be… Read more
End Of Sparta, The by Victor Davis Hanson
End Of Sparta, The by Victor Davis Hanson
This is Hanson's first novel - for a first-rate historian to make a foray into fiction is a risk that may not pay off too well. Fortunately, Hanson is up to the challenge here, although the reader will need some patience to adapt to his chosen style. Hanson states in his preface that he wishes to avoid making the Greeks sound like modern-day American suburbanites and also avoid the high unrealistic style featured in Greek literature. I would say that he succeeds here. Some of his prose and dialogue is a bit much, but the overall effect is to immerse the reader in an unfamiliar world that still has human beings living in it. They are from a different time and place but their motivations and… Read more

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