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The Lilith Chronicles Paperback – August 26, 2011
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- Titus rose into the air and sent a strong gale to carry the sunbird quickly out of the site of the others,
- Adam opened his eyes and beheld a most beautiful site leaning over him.
- Lilith noticed the absence of birds in the city; Zotherisis hunted, poisoned, or burned out the birds on site.
The word heal is used where heel was clearly the correct word to use:
- The strip, which ran from the toe of her sandal to just above her ankle and down the back heal, was of the same fabric.
The word allusive was used where elusive was clearly the correct word to use:
- He fancied what a reward it would be for him to catch this allusive goddess dead or alive.
Words like cogitating were used when other more commonly known words would have been as, or more effective. The writing style changes frequently, making me think of an 8th grader trying to impress us with the use of big words, yet not knowing the difference between simple words heel/heal, elusive/allusive, sight/site - and there are other examples I have not listed. It could have been effective, written in a half-baked emulation of King James poetic style, except it is not even consistent in trying to hold the style.
The story would be far less confusing, and less easily rejected if it were not such a mix of rapidly, and illogically changing points of view. Characters named Titus, Tyrus, Lilith and Lillian, with POV changing between them within the same paragraph leaves you trying to figure out what happened. Titus and Lilith were up to something, but with no warning and no logical break point, you're reading about Tyrus and Lillian, wondering what just happened - did the writer confuse names, change viewpoint, or just plain mess up.
If you want soft porn, this is for you, poorly written though it is.
If you want a Christian book, fantasy, historical Biblical fiction or otherwise, this is not for you.
Credit is given on the cover and first page to Rev Sean R. Murphy as consulting editor. I'm skeptical. Maybe Sean R. Murphy was ordained the same way as me - through the internet, but I will confess, I did it as a joke, not for any real credibility. For any genuine seminary graduate to endorse soft porn like this would raise warning flags to me. To not see and correct all the errors tells me his consulting editor role was either not for real, or else not at all effective.
Criticism aside - the story could have been interesting were it not poorly written with a sexual agenda. Nephilim come to earth and begin to mate with human females. Tyrus (Nephilim) finds Lillian (human), and their daughter Lilith is the main character. Titus, another Nephilim comes along, and as Lilith matures, wants her for his wife. Zotherisis gets ticked off about Lilith and wants to get her out of the way, but he's a pervert and has a couple of hermaphrodites to entertain him and for his own physical pleasure. Then he wants Lilith and Lillian so he can have both mother and daughter at the same time.
To disagree with my statement that this is soft porn would be foolishness, easily disproved by the number of references to arousal of the males, and behavior of the females (Lilith) to arouse the males, and sex related text. I seldom give up on reading any book, but aside from this going against my level of interest and morals, this does not have enough of a story for me to overlook the soft porn and poor writing.
It was more mythological than I thought it would be.