Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller

The Story: The maker of the world sends his son to sing a new song for the people in the world, and once the son is an adult, he embraces his mission. While a few people accept his song, most cling to the empty music of the devil or the song of religious tradition, leading to a showdown between the new song of the maker’s son and the old music of the world and the devil. The result of the showdown will greatly affect the world’s future.

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.

2 comments:

  1. Books written in poetic styles are kind of my thing... Maybe eventually I'll see about reading this one. It sounds fascinating, even if it has some flaws.

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    1. Yes, I think you might enjoy the writing style. :)

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