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Markus Gaines

Joined 3 years, 3 months ago

My favorite books tend to be ones with a sense of whimsy and despair, something eldritch that stirs strange things in that old, locked closet in your soul.

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Markus Gaines's books

Andrew Joseph White: The Spirit Bares Its Teeth (Hardcover, 2023, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.) 5 stars

Mors vincit omnia. Death conquers all.

London, 1883. The Veil between the living and dead …

My Review Of "The Spirit Bares Its Teeth"

5 stars

First and foremost, I'd just like to say wow. TSBIT was a roller coaster from start to finish, especially the ending, which I'm still playing out in my mind. I loved that somebody finally learned how to write neurodivergent people RIGHT; the mannerisms and thought processes were so beautifully fleshed out, it's a testament in and of itself!

I loved Silas' characterization especially, the rabbit motif was a lovely touch, a portrayal of that ever nagging voice deep inside and what happens when we finally lose it! TSBIT was hauntingly beautiful in all of its portrayals, I especially loved how the spirits were described; the image of death and emotion personified! I liked the way the veil was described, wistful yet tangible, something that could be sliced into and torn asunder!

The plot with the groundskeeper really struck something in me, I hope he got his happy ending!

reviewed Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Nadia Bolz-Weber: Pastrix (Paperback, 2014, Jericho Books) 5 stars

"Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term 'pastrix' (pronounced 'pas-triks,' a term used …

My Review Of "Pastrix"

5 stars

I went into this expecting another stuffy Christian author making excuses for all the bad shit that happens in the world; I am pleased to say my assumptions were unfounded!

Pastrix follows the journey of Nadia Bolz-Weber as she navigates the intricacies of ordinate life, never once does this book come across as pandering to an absent God! Instead, she describes God as being not above it all, but right in the thick of it, suffering right along with us every step of the way! I, for one, greatly enjoyed it, I'll have to look into her other books as well!

Andrew Joseph White: Hell Followed with Us (2023, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.) 4 stars

Prepare to die. His kingdom is near.

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run …

Review of "Hell Followed With Us"

5 stars

Hell Followed With Us is an amazing book.

As a queer person who grew up in a cult and got to deal with all the shit that came along with that, Hell Followed With Us is like a breath of fresh (or rotten) air; I grew up in hell on earth and this felt like an acknowledgment of all the shit I went through. A nod of solidarity between two suffering souls, a hopeful gaze to the other in the fire. The first chapter brought up memories for me, of freedom, of death, of uncertainty. I've had writing speak to me before, but this is an affirmation of my hellish life, an ode to queer people suffering under the weight of religion everywhere! This book falls into the category of the shit I'm into perfectly: Religion and queer things! The chapters seemed a bit fast-paced, but well-done with rapport throughout. …

Nadia Bolz-Weber: Pastrix (Paperback, 2014, Jericho Books) 5 stars

"Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term 'pastrix' (pronounced 'pas-triks,' a term used …

One of the few Christian books I've read that wasn't packed full of apologetics or just in terrible taste! The kingdom of God is built of the damned, disgraced, disposed, sinners and saints both alike and equal!

William P. Young: The Shack (2007, Windblown Media) 3 stars

Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence …

My Review of 'The Shack'

3 stars

The Good: It's a nice view of God, far put from the fire and brimstone of many a fundamentalist's youth.

The Bad: It paints God in a bad light concerning free will and grave sin, including trying to rationalize the rape and murder of a child! The apologetics are in extremely poor taste, painting a not so nice picture of God.

General thoughts: Young's idea of The Trinity is an intriguing and refreshing concept, but the apologetics sour it to an almost unbearable degree.

All in all, I give it a 3 out of 5 in terms of rating. I like the concept of The Trinity being equal parts separate and together, sharing thoughts but having each their own personality. I can't stand the apologetics and the rationalizing shitty people doing shitty things.