Simmer Starters – July 18, 2015

I think I’m going to move my Simmer Starters to Saturday permanently, and do my regular posts mid-week. ūüôā Re-Imaging Jesus (Rebecca LuElla Miller) – “In the same way that the re-imagers want to make out that Christians are the new Pharisees, they want to hand Jesus the winebibber and glutton tag‚ÄĒonly that‚Äôs now apparently a positive […]

Book Review: The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly […]

Why Katniss Everdeen Has No Hope – But We Do

A common beef Christians have with dystopian stories is that they are hopeless. ¬†It’s common because it can be very true – dystopias are designed to display a reality where all feels lost, where people feel crushed and hopeless, and evil has all the power. ¬†So it makes sense that books and movies in this […]

Book Review: “A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes (and GIVEAWAY!)

As soon as I heard about this book, I wanted it. A Time to Die¬†(first in a trilogy)¬†is a dystopian book – like¬†The Hunger Games, Divergent,¬†or¬†The Giver –¬†but by a Christian author and woven through with themes of faith. Nadine Brandes’s desire is that¬†A Time to Die¬†will spur readers on to live life more intentionally, […]

Three More Favorite Science Fiction TV Shows

This is a follow-up to an archival post I put up when I was blogging previously, Five Favorite Science Fiction TV Shows. ¬†Read that one first if you haven’t seen it before! ¬†Listed in that posting were:¬†Warehouse 13, Eureka, Doctor Who, Firefly/Serenity, and Battlestar Galactica (2oo4). ¬†In hindsight I have to say Firefly takes the […]