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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Deeper:A Novel by Jeff Long

Deeper: A Novel, by Jeff Long was reminiscent of Ted Dekker's Red, Black and White Trilogy. The book is a sequel to Long's book, The Descent, a decade later. I'll grant you, I don't remember all the details of Long's previous book, too many stories under the bridge in the decade past, but it really wasn't necessary to get the gist of the story.

Fantastical and violent imagery abound in the novel. At times, I found myself wondering about the mind of the author that can conceive of these ideas. The book ends in a way that would make another sequel possible, which makes me wonder if Long is going to try for a trilogy. Due to the almost religious overtones of the book, and my own comparision of it with Dekker's work, I wonder if there is just some compulsion on the part of authors to make these types of books into a trilogy. Sort of an homage to the Christian Trinity maybe?
Then again, maybe I'm over reaching a lot in my analyzing.

I guess the sign of a successful book could easily be when the reader finishes it, says to themselves, "hmm, that was...weird? odd? peculiar?..." And then proceeds to think about it for a while. I'm sort of having trouble moving onto my next book in my stack, and I keep reflecting back on this book while driving, doing mundane day to day chores, etc. I guess the book is a success, disturbing maybe, but a success.

(Posted on LibraryThing April 21, 2008)