Turns out this is a rather appropriate year to reread this book, though I'm starting late...
I really liked the character of Sandoz, the priest. And the story , the haunting music from space ... some brilliant details & ideas. I was interested in the part set in 2059 after the the mission. I liked the story , but I wasn‘t as taken with the writing #unpopularopinion
I‘ve read almost half & it‘s not holding me.
It's official: a spark became a flame, and we have a #SciFiMonth read-along! We'll read at our own pace, with weekly discussion prompts for those that wish to post their thoughts.
Chapter breakdown for weekly discussion: https://onemore.org/2019/10/29/the-sparrow-read-along/
We're an informal bunch, so if you fancy joining us... join us :)
NINE (days to go!) We were talking about The Sparrow a while back on Twitter & I casually suggested a #SciFiMonth read-along. There was a spark of interest so time to get serious: shout now if you would like me to set one up for November!
The Kindle edition of The Sparrow is on sale! Go get it! Even if you don‘t care for science fiction, you will not be sorry. This book is so much more.
A great Little Free Library find today! I‘ve been wanting to read this ever since the Books on the Nightstand podcast days.
#MayMovieMagic I read this wonderful book and it‘s sequel, last year with @Andrew65 and @SledgeReader ( who completely disappeared from Litsy 😞) It‘s full of insight, wonder, moral arcs and religious beliefs. I think Bowie would have loved the world Mary D. Russell created. #SpaceOddity HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
I‘m halfway through and I‘m worried about what terrible things are going to happen 🙈 . Spring flowers 🌸
Actually the humans did the traveling in this strange and thought provoking book. But they traveled to space! I know that in the second book, some of the crew does return to space. Question: are you a spaceman only if you live in space, or does it count if you have traveled there and returned?#aspacemancametraveling #winterwonderland
In an interview, the author says the motto of this book might be "Even if you do the best you can, you still get screwed." It delves into the question of what happens if you love God and you live your life in ways that you think would please Him -- but it seems that God doesn't love you back. In fact, it seems like God is actually cruel. What do you do with that? The writing was strong, but the narrative slogged down at too many points for me.
Congratulations on your milestone, @Moray_Reads !
I can think of quite a number of books that impacted my life greatly. But The Sparrow was one that actually sparked quite a spiritual crisis in me, and I'm forever grateful for where I am now after the resolution of that crisis.
#RRSciFiMonth Day 7: Dream a little bigger, darling. The Sparrow is one of my favourite first contact novels - searing, poetic, devastating. It‘s all dreams (and hope, and faith) and nightmares (and disappointments, and betrayals) and its really far too long since I reread it.
“I was thinking I could really use a #beer.”
I couldn‘t agree more. Haha!
I have a serious book hangover after reading the tagged book as well as its sequel, #ChildrenOfGod. I‘ve started the next book in #WhodunitTheSequel, but I‘m still in the world of Rakhat! #FirstWorldProblems #OhWoeIsMe
“God watches. He rejoices. He weeps. He observes the moral drama of human life and gives meaning to it by caring passionately about us and remembering.
Matthew ten, verse twenty-nine: Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.
But the sparrow still falls.”
Yes!! A woman after my own heart! Sophia Mendes brought #wine from #Israel to dinner! 💕
I was very surprised to find this Sephardic Jew in The Sparrow. I thought this book would only be about Christians. I even discovered an atheist in this book. It‘s funny about our preconceived notions about books we have not yet read. Isn‘t it?!
I‘ve had this book for years, but it‘s just tonight that I started to read it. I hope I like it. Did you?
Thanks for yet another giveaway with #ClearingtheShelves3, @callielafleur !!
The best book I‘ve read this year is THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell, and I currently am reading its sequel, CHILDREN OF GOD.
What a beautiful, complex book. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
@Cinfhen are you still doing THE CHILDREN OF GOD BuddyRead?
Finally throwing in the towel after avoiding it for a week. Pretty much everyone I know loves this book and I didn't want to give up ANOTHER sci fi book I was really looking forward to in a such a short time (DNF Seveneves last month) but when I give a story over 100 pages and can't summon the energy to care about my next reading session with it, it's time to quit.
Day 5 of #agameoffavorites
I choose my favorite book that is classified as sci fi-The Sparrow. Mary does not write exclusively sci fi, but all of her books are great! I couldn‘t find her favorite book, but a recent one that she recommended in her blog was Circe, by Madeline Miller. @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG
Alright folks talk to me. This has universally good reviews on Goodreads, all 4-and-5-star ratings from my friends, but I find myself incredibly bored and doing literally anything else besides picking this book up at around 1/5 or 1/4 in. Does it pick up? Am I just an outlier? I really dislike the flashbacks to before Emilio's mission or whatever though I do find the parts in the book's "present" more interesting.
#currentlyreading Just started!
A good total, mainly due to the #24in48 Readathon
Week 29/52 2018 - #BookStats
4 Books Finished, 1771 Pages Read
#LitsyAtoZ 1 (24/26) - U, X left
#MountTBRChallenge 2 (23/52)
#YearoftheChunkster 0 (16//26)
#SeriesUptoDate 0 (11/20)
#SeriesFinished 0 (3/20)
#ListyPassport 0 (2/12)
The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith
Goodnight From London - Jennifer Robson
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
A Quiet Life in the Country - T E Kinsey
#24in48 Challenge: favorite under-the-radar book. I first read this for a book group, and it was one of the best discussions we had. I‘ve recommended it countless times, and re-read it often myself. I mean, Jesuits in space, amirite?! 😏But I love it for the depth of its spiritual journey, the depth of its characters, and what it‘s spoken to me over the years about cultural differences & God‘s love. I keep an extra to give away. It‘s that good.
Finished my third book in the #24in48 Readathon. The Sparrow is a very different book, and certainly packs a punch in certain points through the story. It is very well written and tells an excellent story. It will also challenge your thinking at points. I do recommend to others.
Still got a chance to get to 24 hours!
I am off & running with my #24in48 Challenge. These are the books I will be reading from, all books I have started & need to finish. I am starting off with the tagged book.
Last time I got the 24 hours in, with other commitments don‘t think I will get the full 24 hours in this time.
Forgotten to add The Seagull by Ann Cleeves, which I am starting today for a Group Read.
Good luck everyone!
‘May the odds be forever in your favour‘
I'm a little mixed emotion about, The Sparrow. I gave it 3 stars but probably would give it between 3 and 5 (see mixed emotion?) The book was haunting, sad, unpleasant, disturbing, yet, you still wanted to read it to find out what really happened on Rakhat. There were places in the book a little slow and sometimes too many unnecessary details were provided... but it did keep my interest to the end...so some where between a good and great read. :)
Feeling the love today with #jb mail and the books I won from @EclecticReaders scavenger hunt readathon. 😀
Thank you @Trashcanman @JoScho @CareBear @Kaye ☺️
I‘ll be writing replies this weekend! Love you all! 😘
And thank you @EclecticReaders - I can‘t wait to dive into these books!