Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Review: Rooms: A Novel

Rooms: A Novel
by James L. Rubart
B&H Books, (2010)

I received this free ebook from NetGalley.

Micah Taylor runs a software company and unexpectedly inherites a house (with a lot of strange rooms) on the Oregon coast. A new way of life starts, all happens with no reasonable grounds. A spiritual book.

Rubart writes: 'Micah, you have to decide once and for all which kingdom you want to live in. Because eventually one of the kingdoms has to -and will- disappear.' p. 186
This is a book of decision-making and like in every christian path Micah has to know the hell before the heaven.

Well written, but apart from this statement I didn't like Rooms.
I started reading this book thinking about a mystery-detective ones, but when Micah's ordinary life swings towards an extraordinary-faith-no faith life, all falls apart: both for the main character and myself.
A cybernetic God appears (Micah plans to project a 'Software that would change the Kingdom of God' p. 161). Micah starts a search of the lost truth in these rooms and small clues-madeleines (several letters, strange appeareances, new friends) help him in this hunting.
Micah as Mr. K. from The Castle by Kafka struggles to understand the misteries of these rooms, and he is alienated from the truth until the end of the book.

I recommend this book to those who love christian fiction and not just mystery books.

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