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Rooms: A Novel Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Debut author and professional marketer Rubart has created a suspenseful tale in the vein of Ted Dekker's House, in which inexplicable happenings take over and direct a character's life. Twenty-five-year-old Micah Taylor receives a mysterious letter from a great-uncle he never knew informing him of a home built for him by said uncle. His interest piqued, Micah, a wealthy software company owner, takes off for the Oregon coast to visit his newly acquired 9,000-square-foot house. What he finds is a shape-shifting, mind-boggling revisiting of his past that jeopardizes his future. With only a handful of letters as his guide, Micah tries to summon up the courage to face old wounds that somehow are connected to various rooms in the house itself. As soon as Taylor opens one door, in floods a sea of memories that he must choose to face or run from. Rubart's work clips along nicely, and his premise is compelling. (Apr.)
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About the Author
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer whose Jr2 Marketing company clientele has included ABC, AT&T/Cingular, and Clear Channel Radio. He is also a professional speaker, writes recurring columns for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and Christian Women Online, and is on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association. Jim and his wife and their two teenage sons live just outside Seattle, Washington.
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As to the writing, I found the conversations natural, the descriptions enough to get a picture but not so much to drone on and on, and the spelling and grammar were spot on. I don't recall seeing any editing mistakes or those dreadful "spell check" errors one tends to see in digital books. His writing style is tight and keeps you running at a good pace - not so slow you lose interest, nor so fast you feel like you're going to miss something important or like he's trying to rush you to a conclusion.
I very highly recommend this book not only to Christians but to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and "paranormal" read.
Rubart’s novel is heartfelt and engaging. I read it in just a few days and had I not been so busy, I easily could have (and would have) read it in a day. I was instantly concerned about Micah from the onset of the story. I loved the characters of Rick and Sarah. I enjoyed the revelations brought on through Micah’s experiences in the house and through the letters left by his uncle. Rubart delivers tough questions that the reader needs to address in his or her own heart and life as he unfolds Micah’s story. The writing is good, but not perfect. There is a place or two that seemed to drag just a little bit, and some of the emotional battles that Micah really struggles with seemed overly obvious to me. The “twist” with the voice in the room seemed obvious as well, and that might have taken a little steam out of the ending for me some. Those things aside, the book is mostly very good and a lot of fun to read. I’ve already purchased another book by Rubart and will read him again soon. I’ll be curious to see if his other books follow the same pattern and theme as this one.
Other reviews have compared this book to “The Shack” by William P. Young. Those comparisons are fair. It seems that Rubart set out to accomplish the same thing as young in that he put together a novel about a person searching for (and finding) God through some time away in an unfamiliar house. The books are completely different in their story however and while I enjoyed both books, I do feel that biblically, “Rooms” is the more doctrinally sound of the two. I like this book very much and would recommend it without hesitation.
Reading the book, I lost track of time. It is so well written and so smooth that I finished the book in 4 hours. Only other book that I can say that I read in that amount of time was “This Present Darkness”.
Even if you do not believe in God but you want to see how the mind can work you should read this. I want to read this again because I know I missed some areas. I want to read other books by James Rubart.
Extremely well-written/edited, this novel contains one of the most unique stories I've read in a while. While not as gripping as, say, a Ted Dekker novel, it is interesting - even exciting at times - and engaging, and will keep you guessing and turning pages.
If you like supernatural fiction, you'll enjoy this book. And if you're walking around with unhealed emotional or spiritual wounds, I believe this book will minister to you. I plan to buy and read the rest of this authors' books - and believe me, I only say/do that RE a very small fraction of the authors I read.