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The Children's Hospital Hardcover – August 22, 2006
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The story is broken into three 'events' that propel the narrative forward,(the first being the flood) and to give the other two away would be to deny a reader the fun for having the sheer vivacity to push through to the end. For me it became hard going. The fact I had no idea where the book was headed which was great, but the energy it took to plod through protracted passages that go on for pages was enough to almost make me put the book away, except for the fact I wanted to see how it turned out.
At the end of the day, when I finish a book, I have to ask myself who could I recommend this to? Sadly the answer to this was no one. If the plot doesn't derail some people, the exhaustive text will. I'm giving the impression I didn't like it, and that's not entirely the case. I just found myself working extremely hard for something that didn't pay off the way I hoped or imagined.
Per his interviews, Adrian is a student at 'divinity school' and a fan of 'American religious history.' Christian readers might mind the absence of Jesus, except as a curse word. The one oblique New Testament reference is to Satan, though I still can't figure out if he was in the book. The pattern of the 'Thing' seems like the sort of thing the Old Testament God was always pulling, and that is at least satisfying.
Though this book can't be read as future history, Adrian speaks to our times well. Death is Adrian's other purported obsession, and I believe I think of death a little bit differently now, especially after the stirring last few pages. A hospital is a place that rages against death to the very end. Perhaps it is appropriate that the apparent last moment of sin and death in human history would occur in one.Read more ›
Like I said, I couldn't put it down, which speaks for the book's spell-like grip it had on me. But as beautiful as it was, I'm unbelievably furious at this book for leaving me with nothing but a pervasive sense of grief and a headache.
An angel guides John Grampus in constructing the world's first uprootable floating hospital -- complete with post-Flood self-expansion capability and replicators that can recreate virtually anything from the "old world" - and angels occupy a significant place in the post-apocalyptic era. "It takes four angels to oversee an apocalypse," Adrian tells us early in his story: a recording angel, a preserving angel, an accusing angle, and a destroying angel. The reader is left to discover the identity of each angel and how they effectuate their designated roles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Chris Adrian. His books are unlike anything I've ever read before, and this was an epic, honey of a book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gisele Walko
This book freaked me out - a hospital/ship with god on the intercom and odd, really odd, kids dying or sort of dying on the floors. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jenny Miller
Love it, love it, love it. Detail and atmosphere. Surrealism and "o-what-will-happenism". I'm still a bit unclear about the angels, but I don't care.Published 16 months ago by Lesley Jenkins
I really wanted to like this book. Maybe I'm not smart enough to read it or was looking at the story the right way, but I had to stop. Read morePublished 20 months ago by quietnight
Most days out of the year, this is my favorite book I've ever read. Adrian is an incredible writer, and I can't even come close to describing just how powerful and beautiful The... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Patrick Fisher
I volunteer in a real children's hospital. I didn't do enough research before picking up this book. Was way to sci-fi for me. I had wrong impression that book was non-fiction.Published on November 25, 2013 by arlene edwards
Confession: I adore the classic House of God. This is the love child of Samuel Shem and Robert Heinlein. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Cordelia
This book appealed to me as a pediatric person originally. However, the reinvention of God's children chosen to sacrifice and prevail after God breaks his promise and sends another... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by sheila newton
Very well written but the only thing that kept me going through the hours and hours of slogging through the very Catholic mythos of this book (haters of the movie Dogma, stay... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Laura Adams