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Educate and Entertain

I like all kinds of books but like any reader, I have my own standards to pick what I call "the best" - i.e., what I like the best. One way to define that further is to call it a combination of style and substance.

Currently reading

Cryptonomicon
Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson
Perdido Street Station
China MiƩville
The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again
Sven Birkerts
Black Brillion
Matthew Hughes
Lake of the Long Sun
Gene Wolfe
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Elizabeth Gilbert
The Etched City
K.J. Bishop
Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life
Philip Gerard
The Presence
Vickie Schnieders

The Messiah Matrix

The Messiah Matrix - Kenneth John Atchity Atchity, classical scholar and literary agent in his own right, here pens an intelligent thriller in the popular vein, presenting the increasingly plausible thesis that the cult of Jesus was essentially a public relations scheme by Caesar Augustus. The plot and characters are well developed, the action tight and (mostly) believable. The only drawback to the story is its repetitive harping on the theme at hand - no doubt in respect of the strength of our conditioning to believe the conventional versions of the stories of Jesus and Augustus.