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Amish Vampires in Space

I have been using this blog for sermons almost exclusively for some time, though I used to do more with it. I seem to have gravitated to Facebook. On fb, I posted a review of a very strange novel called Amish Vampires in Space. I didn’t know whether to read it at first; perhaps I was unwise, as it’s a few hours of my life spent to no useful purpose other than to be a warning to others. Here’s the review:

I’ve just finished reading Amish Vampires in Space on kindle. When I (so to speak) turned the last page, I saw the words ‘THERE’S MORE WHERE THIS CAME FROM’. I shall heed this warning.

The ‘more’ refers to the output of a publishing house specialising in Christian sci-fi and fantasy. Who knew? I have also learnt of a further genre: ‘Boots and Buggies’, Christian romance in an Amish setting. Again, who knew…

This novel (and it was novel to me!) is a mashup of all these, with some mild horror thrown in—though not enough to scare the horses, who became vampires too.

It seems to be reasonably accurate in its portrayal of Amish ways, one thing to be thankful for. Though I doubt real futuristic Amish would really get into spaceships flown by ‘Englishers’. Of course, being an example of American Christian fiction, there is a non-Amish ‘normal’ Christian character. ‘Normal’ in this context meaning a US-style evangelical. Of course.

The story behind the book is more interesting, involving a joke title that was taken on for real, but the sassiness of the title doesn’t follow through in the story. Neither does the promise of the cover, which looks like a demented Ellen Degeneres in Amish clothes, dripping with blood. A fascinating premise that sadly goes nowhere in particular.

But if characters having a conversation about grace vs works while running down the length of a spaceship which is infested with vampires interests you, then go ahead. Read. Or not.

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Advent fail.

The Porsche Design Group and Harrods have combined to produce an Advent calendar. A $1,000,000 Advent Calendar. The ‘Jesus’ referred to below bears no resemblance to any other Jesus, living or dead.

If you have decided to impress that Millionaire boss of yours or a Christian acquaintance and convert that long on-hold agreement into a final deal then here is ready bait for them. We can sense the Jesus fragrance around us already and post 5-days from now i.e.  28 November officially marks the beginning of Advent this year.

It looks like it was designed by Dr Who:


This is a hint NOT to buy me one.


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Oz election, Taiwan style

Amazing Taiwanese take on the Australian election today. Spot on!!

It is ironic that the video credits Rudd’s failure to implement the emission trading scheme as one reason for his plummeting popularity. But it’s highly unlikely we’ll get one out of this election…

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Church sign—Hope in the face of adversity?

Not sure whether to laugh or cry at this church sign:

Hope in the face of adversity?

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French letter

No, not that kind! It’s a letter in France:

A letter took 220 years to be delivered because of a tiny error in its address.

In 1790 the white envelope containing two sheets of writing paper was sent from Paris to the south west France town of Seix, near Toulouse.

Instead it arrived at the village of Saix, some 150 miles away, where it remained in a local sorting office because the addressee could not be found.

At the time there was a lot happening in the area, not least the French Revolution, which meant the letter was largely forgotten about for the next two centuries.

It remained at the bottom of a drawer throughout the Napoleonic period, through two world wars including a Nazi occupation, right up until the present day.

In 1999 a Saix archivist logged the letter while sorting out local council records and now—a decade later—a motion has finally been passed to get the letter to Seix.

It was opened and found to be an official note from the authorities in Paris informing Seix officials that their request to make their town the capital of their municipality had been refused.

Henri Blanc, the mayor of Saix, took the decision to finally deliver the letter, saying: ‘It was about time.’

Taking no chances with another failed delivery, Mr Blanc said his colleagues would make the two hour drive to Seix to hand over the envelope in person on June 5.

Story from the Daily Mail.

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