Reading Books, Since I’m Without Wi-Fi

A scent of Rumduol a Novel of Cambodia (this was free and it still is) – I think everybody with an interest in Asia, in Viet Nam, in orphans, in the poor, in child welfare, in missions, humanity, should read this book. Every adult anyway. It is never gratuitously graphic in the details, but there is child abuse, molestation, rape, and death. At the same time it is liltingly told, and it is a tale told with hope and gleam of redemption for those children.  More importantly, it has a vitally important message to think about.

It was just a little hard to follow at first. The format is one that switches time a little bit, and also goes back and forth following several different people and I wasn’t really sure who they all were at first or how to keep them straight, but once I fell into the rhythm, I fell all the way in, unable to put it down until I finished. it was a read that will stay with me for a long, long time.  Must reading, IMO.   Especially if you imagine that as a donor you have no responsibilities to ascertain the condition of the causes and children to whom you donate.  You are the person the book was written for, because immeasurable, horrible harm has been done in the name of that kind of charity.  Haunting read.  I will watch for more by this author.

Save or Slave, by Ian Davies, short, pithy book on living within your means.  Contains really good advice,  but this would make a better conversation with a mentor over the kitchen table than it does a book. It’s not well organized and badly needs editing, including spell-checking and punctuation and grammatical help- it is written by a Brit for Brits, but that’s not the source of the spelling and grammar issues, or the disorganized jumble of information.  Like I said, it would make a better conversation than it does a book.  As a conversation, it’s great advice for somebody young to take before they get into a financial mess, but probably won’t. I downloaded it for free.  I’d be irked if I’d paid .99 for it.

If you Can Keep It, by Eric Metaxas- This is a thoughtful book about what it means to have a Republic like America and what it takes to keep it, with a focus on virtue, character, and heroes.  It’s similar to The Light and the Glory in some ways, without the over-reaching and with better scholarship and restraint. Good read for America high school and college students in particular.  It’s more expensive now, but I bought it when it was on sale for something like 2.99.  

Keith Laumer, two sci fi novellas or short stories: Greylorn, and Gambler’s, er, something or other. These are golden age era tales, and it shows.  I found them fun and enjoyable, although Greylorn in particular was dated to the point that the punchline has lost much of its punch (although that also made it kind of amusing).  These were free.  Laumer had some insight into the world of political diplomacy and deepstate and some of that is in much of his fiction (not so much in Greylorn, but definitely Gambler’s World).  I got these two for free (and you can, too), but knowing that he included a lot of the real life working of the Deep State in his works, much as Heinlein included how the political sausage is made in Waldo & Magic, Inc., makes me curious about other, longer Laumer works.

The Cinder Pond- this is a children’s story, completely improbable and also one that strangely glosses over some family deaths that in real life would be traumatic and scarring and horrific but in the book they are only mildly sad. It’s kind of strange reading it from an adult perspective. But I really enjoyed it.  I like this writer, I like her stories, I like their charm and their utter improbability.  It’s in the same genre as things like Baby Island, Dandelion Cottage (by the same author as Dandelion Cottage), it’s definitely a book for girls. It was .99


Books you might want to pick up while they are this cheap:

1.99: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

by Robert J. Hutchinson
Above links are affiliate links and help support us in our work here in the Philippines.  Today part of that work includes The Cherub and I walking to the school after lunch to read aloud and discuss books with two grade school classes while their regular teacher has some medical appointments. Every day, it includes the HM spending at least 9 hours meeting with students with special needs, their parents, and their teachers and helping them figure out how to work with those needs. Some days it includes reading the Bible in Cebuano with my helper, and some days it includes helping local evangelists publish and distribute a hymnal in their native language,including delivering it to mountain villages accessible only by motorbike or on foot.
This entry was posted in Books and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Amazon: Buy our Kindle Books

  • Search Amazon

    Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

  • Brainy Fridays Recommends:

  • Search: