Thursday, March 13, 2014
Book Review: The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller
My Thoughts: This trilogy, which is comprised of The Singer, The Song, and The Finale, calls itself a “poetic narrative,” and that accurately sums up how it’s written. The style is not quite poetry, but also not like a normal novel, and poems play a big role in the text. It is a bit awkward to read at first, but easy to get used to. Retelling the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation in a fantasy world where salvation is partly brought about using music is a brilliant idea, and fun to read. As I read, however, I found myself wishing it had more depth and more complex musical elements.
Some questionable theology appears, such as, in the first book, the maker’s son not knowing that he is truly the son of the maker. While it’s fine to alter a real person in a fantasy re-telling, and the book did much of that, to experiment with the nature of God seems unwise. This, combined with a sense that the writing never quite lives up to the premise, make this less enjoyable than it otherwise would have been. In spite of its flaws, the trilogy is still definitely worth reading for those who want to experience such a unique fantasy premise and writing style.
Content Overview: It’s fairly similar to the Gospels in the Bible. Violence, scariness, and references to adult subjects such as prostitution occur, but are all mild.