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Brooding: The Heartland Chronicles Book 1 Paperback – June 16, 2010
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About the Author
Andy Williamson lives in Colorado. BROODING is his first novel. More about Andy can be found on his websites TheWordslinger.com and TheHeartlandChronicles.com.
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I may not believe in god or the devil, but now I know them.
First off, I am an atheist and this book digs deep into religion, religious themes, and the battle between good and evil, angles vs. demons, and guess what? I enjoyed the hell out of the book.
I may not be religious, but I enjoy reading things about religion, and I enjoy a classic good vs. evil story with characters that I love and hate and can root for and root against, and Brooding has bucketfulls of both kinds of characters. The hardcore religious grandmother of Tyler, and the parents of Al are great villains to root against during the story, As a non believer I enjoyed hating the religious characters, but you cannot continue to do that during the book, as there are lot of religious outcasts who aren't typical Christians, that you cannot help but love.
Relationships and struggle are what makes a book. The relationships and struggles in this book are something anyone could identify with or at least empathize with. None of the characters are so ridiculous that they seem fake. I hate characters who are pure evil or one hundred percent hero and the author does a good job pointing out the grey areas that every person has.
Did this book turn me into a believer? No, it didn't. But it was awesome and as fun to read as any of my favorite fiction works. The ideas in it are refreshing and original, and the spin on religion is something you won't see anywhere else. Toss that all together with a copious amount of weed and you got something that draws me in.
The ongoing battle between Goodfellow and Valiant have me looking forward to Dancing with The Devil. I'm hoping for an all out angels vs. demons world war, or whatever Mr. Williamson can come up.
I will never be a spoiler. But I will tell you that this book is about a young man's journey into his mission to change a great many lives. And it is also the story of the angel and the demon assigned to either aid or thwart that mission. The characters in this book are real and that is the greatest compliment that I can offer. I am missing them terribly tonight. I have a number of quotes that I love from this novel, but I will just offer you my favorite line. "All of my life I have searched desperately for love. For something to heal the hurts and fill the empty places in my heart. But I've come to the conclusion that...it's not something you can get from another person...I think God creates us with God-shaped holes in our hearts that only He can fill. We spend our days and our fortunes trying to fill those holes with everything under the sun, but only one thing will work. After He fills it, only then do I think we're capable of loving someone else completely, with the grace and strength and meaning and purpose that He gives us. Without it, you'll suck someone dry trying to get something only God can provide."
Please give this book a try!
This book moved me. I laughed and cried. I found myself tremendously moved by the characters - all of them.
Brooding isn't for someone who can't be open minded about their beliefs and be comfortable hearing about others'. It's unconventional. But perfect. Those who are secure in their faith will find this book refreshing. Those who are questioning theirs might find that this book points the way back to the path that God has set for them.
Mr. Williamson developed characters that I could attach myself to. He even created a character that I saw myself in so much that it's drilled down into my psyche and made me question my own character, which could only be a good thing.
With themes like family dysfunction, strength from friends, love, hate, sin, forgiveness, angels, demons and even self-medicating, "Brooding" has perfectly mirrored life in its wonderfully tragic form.
Having already read it once, I'm looking forward to exploring it, again.
And Book 2? Can't. Wait.