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Review: The Long Guest by Jennifer Mugrage

[ Image Source: OutofBabel.com ] This is a fairly well done cover. I’m getting a school or library artwork-type vibe from this, which is great and that yellow lettering on the author name is a excellent choice for color palette.

This review was done as an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

Hrm, let’s see . . . what do we look for in books that isn’t mentioned a whole lot? That’s it! You guessed it – immersion. The Long Guest by Mugrage is exactly that. The story immerses you in an environment from long ago, around 10000 B.C. where chaos reigns down from the sky, creating a language barrier to prevent the continuation of building the Tower of Babel. Only 17 pages before the story dropped for me, which came in way under my 100 page threshold mark.

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Nov. 2020 Book Haul

October is almost over and the horror reading will be winding itself down, here shortly. It was a great month for reading and writing, but it will be a nice change of pace because now I have several cobwebs growing in my brain. I didn’t quite read everything I meant to with Corpsepaint by David Peak and Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder sadly taking a bench seat on the Halloween 2020 reading list.

Remember, kids. The horror reads you. You don’t read the horror.

But, pay no mind, because November is practically here and we will have a wide variety of things to read. These books listed here are all paperback book haul here in November. Don’t even ask me about my eBook Haul. 🤣

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Review: The Gnostic Keepers by Marietta Rodgers

Vintage-style lettering combined with smooth illustration on the cover matches the book content and represents it well. Looks like something that could have been printed in the 1970’s and that makes it great. Although I’m not sure the white border would hang well on a printed copy.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

The Archangel, Uriel, is determined to preserve the Gnostic Gospels, after the Church has concluded they are no longer part of canonical scripture. He enlists the help of seven monks, who have been banished by the Church, for possession of the heretical gospels, to help him with his quest. The monks, among them a mute and a hunchback, agree to help the Archangel. Not everyone wants the books preserved, the demon, Azazel, will stop at nothing to thwart Uriel in his quest. Beginning in the fourth century, and spanning across a time period of 500 years, the preservation of these gospels, becomes an almost impossible task, between the determined demon and the burning of the heretical scriptures, by the Church.
The Gnostic Gospels is a humorous, but ultimately esoteric journey toward principled people, rather than strict adherence to dogmatic principles.

Evaluation:

The Gnostic Keepers presents humorous insight into the characters – worldly, angelic, and demonic – involved in the preservation or destruction ( depending what side you are on ) of the the Gnostic gospels and the actions between different entities ( worldly and supernatural ). The pages are lush with character, intricacies, funny interactions and plenty of dialog to keep it light and personal. That’s really what this book is about – fictional humor in appreciation for history and supernatural influences in common culture – what is included in the current days version of the Bible and how it all went down. Personally, I consider it a prime example of how nothing is too serious to escape a little bit of fun, jokes and humor.