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Buku ini membuatku sadar bahwa ada kejahatan super jahat tanpa kode etik yang tetap bisa membuat hati seorang penjahatpun tergerak dengan rasa marah. I am a Christian myself so I am quite familiar with the story. Every light casts a shadow. Maybe it's just me, but I found the writing in this novel to be horrifically bad. I liked it, but it just didn't make me want to scream from the mountain tops about it.
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Media Unholy Night. Every light casts a shadow. And only the gods know when the darkness will find us. Oh, one final weird tidbit. My buddy Ron 2.
View all 19 comments. If you're gonna go a-messin' with one of the holiest stories ever told, you'd better be respectful, or the wrath of the religious right will rain down upon thee like a plague of locusts. I'd say the author of this book can relax. Only the most pious could find fault here and that will probably be for giving the virgin Mary a bit of spunk and some opinions of her own.
This tale mostly concerns the life and adventures of Balthazar, a wise guy and thief so skilled that his nickname, The Antioch Ghost If you're gonna go a-messin' with one of the holiest stories ever told, you'd better be respectful, or the wrath of the religious right will rain down upon thee like a plague of locusts.
This tale mostly concerns the life and adventures of Balthazar, a wise guy and thief so skilled that his nickname, The Antioch Ghost, is practically a household word. You will learn how he meets two other thieves named Gaspar and Melchyor, and comes to be the chief protector of a young couple and their preternaturally calm infant - a child so unusual that even though he sups constantly at his mother's breast, never, never seems to sully a diaper.
Whether fending off an army of the undead or arguing theology with Mary and Joseph, Balthazar never strays from his Inigo Montoyaish quest for vengeance. And even he has to admit - There's something about that baby. The faint of heart should take care - this is a taut, action thriller with loads of violence, though from what I've heard, it's not quite as gory as The Holy Bible.
View all 9 comments. Dec 11, Edward Lorn rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the hell out of this buddy read with Kells. Gotta admit, though, I did not expect that I would like this book as much as I did. I'm not one for mashups, so I've successfully skirted much of Seth Grahame-Smith's catalogue. You'll likely see me tackle that Abraham Lincoln vamp book, but only because I found it for a quarter.
Found this one for a quarter, too, but had I paid ten bucks for the ebook version of Unholy Night , I don't think I'd be a bit disappointed. Well worth the price of a I enjoyed the hell out of this buddy read with Kells. Well worth the price of admission, this one. I'm a gorehound. I like blood and guts and I cannot lie. There were some extremely unique kills in this book, and one torture scene that made my tummy flop. I also like being disgusted. Everything involving King Herod made my skin crawl.
Dude was a truly horrible villain. One I absolutely loved to hate. The guy was not opposed to killing children the younger the better , forcing his leprous cock on unwilling females the younger the better , or partaking in a bit of necrophilia from time to time.
Yeah, you read all that right. Herod is a sick fucker on many different levels. I couldn't have asked for a more vile bad guy. Herod was a terrific counterpoint to our broken hero, Balthazar.
Okay, I've already said I didn't expect to like this one, but I surely did not expect for this book to tug at my heartstrings. The flashback wherein Abdi dies crushed my soul. Damn affecting piece of writing. The author's use of "Bal-faza" actually brought tears to my eyes. I love being surprised into emotional reactions. Now for the handful of things I could have done without.
The love interest. Didn't give a single fuck about Sela. Could have done without Sela. Wished Sela would've died. Call me a heartless bastard if you want, but I don't see the purpose of her. Everything in this book is wrapped up nicely with a pretty little bow. Right down to the revenge at the end and the fates of Gaspar and Melchyor.
Everyone getting knocked out or blacking out in lieu of transitions. There were over five instances of someone getting knocked out so that the author wouldn't have to explain how they got from Point A to Point B. That device is lazy storytelling Every author does it, myself included, but to have it happen more than three times in a page book is amateur hour at its most basic.
Those three things brought an otherwise five-star book down to four stars for me. In summation: I'm glad I read this. This little book has everything I love seeing in my fiction. If you like vile villains and plenty of gore, you should dig this book. Final Judgment: View all 10 comments. I went in to reading this with very little expectations.
Maybe it was because I had so little hope for this book, maybe becaus I went in to reading this with very little expectations. Maybe it was because I had so little hope for this book, maybe because I expected to dislike it and get to write one of my reviews attacking the book and everything else that comes to mind while I'm sitting at my computer and then rack up big votes because people seem to react better to mean-spiritedness from me than from when I like something, maybe that is why I ended up liking the book.
Or maybe it was just a fun re-telling well telling because the story isn't really there to begin with of one of those big empty spaces in the Bible. The basic book report gist of the book is that the three wisemen are actually murderous thieves and they meet up with Mary, Joseph and JC and with Herod's men out to capture the thieves and murder any male baby they can find and this rag-tag group make their way across Judea to Egypt.
Along the way a new history of the founding of Christianity, the lives of the people who pop-up in the gospels and the fate of the Roman Empire are created. It's a re-imagining, not an attempt at a secret history, and it's good and at times very grisly and gory fun and yes there are some zombie like creatures in the book.
I was sort of expecting this book to be a little more gleefully blasphemous, and maybe those with a religious bent will find something terribly wrong about this story, but I thought it was fairly respectful of religion.
But then again I find The Last Temptation of Christ to be uber-sympathtic to JC and more likely to make me want to think of him as someone worthy of deification than most of the one-dimensional pictures created about him by fundamentalists. But then again JC is only a couple of week old infant in the book so there really isn't too much the little nipple-sucker can do in the book besides sucking on nipples, he does this in a fair amount of his page-space.
Did I mention the book is quite gory? I guess I did, but it is worth mentioning again, because it had a few moments that made me cringe, which is a little rare when I'm reading.
I don't have too much else to say, I thought maybe I'd ramble on about religion and the Bible and all of that, but I've done enough of that in other reviews, I'll just leave this review fairly boring and on topic. Oh, and if anyone would like to read this before it comes out let me know and I'll pass along the ARC. View all 5 comments. This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven I found this book strangely moving.
It was my first Seth Grahame-Smith book and I didnt know what to expect. Although there was some humour, I thought it would be more out there, and ridiculing the whole story. But really he just expanded on the story that already exists in the Bible, filling in the blanks with his own ideas.
There was very little that was altered from the original story, mostly just the timeline and a few other det This review can also be found on my blog: There was very little that was altered from the original story, mostly just the timeline and a few other details Mary and Joseph met Simeon in Jerusalem not Hebron, Jesus only forgave one of the criminals crucified with him not both.
I am a Christian myself so I am quite familiar with the story. Although I am a Christian, I am not an overly sensitive Christian, so I decided to read this thinking it would be a bit of fun. But thats not why I ended up enjoying it at all. I dont know what Grahame-Smith intended, if he has a positive or negative view of Christians, but I actually found this motivational. I love the way God brought them through everything, and how changed Balthazar was in the end.
For those who dont like the idea of a Christian book, it reads mostly as an adventure; a great, violent, historical adventure with some supernatural elements that could be considered mythology. It also has the feel of a high fantasy at times, with the many sword fights, dungeons, and evil kings. Balthazar was the only character that we really got to know, but I really felt for him, and I actually cried three times throughout this book. The last time was in the epilogue. It was such a clever and satisfying ending.
I love the way Grahame-Smith uses real historical events to accent the story, as he did in the epilogue, and I imagine it is the same in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Although I am not very familiar with American history so I may not be able to appreciate the work once I get around to reading that.
Despite all the violence, I would consider this a 'feel good' book. I feel uplifted. But also impressed. Very smartly done. Sep 01, Cyndi rated it it was amazing. If you read the blurb to go with this book you may think, "eh, whatever. This is a good author, but I don't know if it is worth my time. This book is amazing! What if the three wise men were thieves who escaped execution. What if the newborn babe needed protection from a mad king? What if the wise men were the protection? Excellent story that added spice to a wonderful story.
I didn't feel that it poked fun at the birth of Christ If you read the blurb to go with this book you may think, "eh, whatever. I didn't feel that it poked fun at the birth of Christ. Instead it brought life to a time in history with wonderful characters. Lots and lots of action. View 1 comment.
Seth Grahame-Smith can pretzel-bend history like nobody's business. The well-known nativity scene gets an epic reboot. I won't spoil any details but this book is full of action, suspense, blood, but also faith and redemption. This was definitely a fun book to read as long as you can see it for entertainment and not take the distorted Bible story too personal depending on your religious preference. Check it out! My favorite quote: Kiss your mothers and fathers, your bro Wow Kiss your mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters.
View 2 comments. The premise and the beginning of this book is highly promising. If I judge the book by its first third, it is a fun, hilarious, action-packed fantasy novel. The Three Kings are anti-hero thieves.
And I can't tell you enough how I excited when I was reading the swordfight of Melchyor. He is not a swordsman, he is a sword saint!
I understand that due to plots, the story should getting more and more serious toward the end of novel. But I noticed the humor diminished completely at the end. Charact The premise and the beginning of this book is highly promising. Character-wise, the round characters in this book are Balthazar and Pilate. Others are flat characters using stereotypes. It is disappointing, I expect at least two other Kings should be interesting, but it is not. Gaspar is a smooth-talker with weak will, Melchyor interesting part is only his swordsmanship, both have no character development.
I am sorry to say, the end of this book doesn't deliver the promise that I perceived at the beginning. I still keep 2 star rating due to the beginning.
Jun 15, Julie Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Good Story Julie and Scott escape from prison and meet a very nice couple and their newborn baby. But there's just something about that baby My name is Balthazar.
This is Gaspar. But, Joseph? Do you understand? But when Herod's soldiers begin slaughtering the babies in Bethlehem, Balthazar a. The Antioch Ghost takes the safety of the Holy Family into his own hands. As fugitives on the run to Egypt, they must escape not only Roman soldiers but creatures of mythology and the occult.
Everyone's either gunning for the Antioch Ghost with a price on his head or the innocent newborn who has such an unearthly effect on those around him. Vampire Hunter finally stops inserting his words into other people's writing and writes a book in his own words. And a fine job he does of it too. Pontius Pilate appears as an ambitious young officer ambivalent about truth.
Mary and Joseph struggle with how to reconcile the truth of Jesus as God with the reality of a baby who must be fed, loved, and parented. Above all, this is Balthazar's story, who has a complex story-line driving his actions and attitudes.
We learn how he became the cynical Antioch Ghost and we wonder if he will find a more worthy goal than vengeance. Above all, I was surprised to find myself eventually thinking of Unholy Night as modern midrash. Midrash is a traditional Jewish way of trying to understand the underlying spirit of scripture, sometimes connecting it to modern life, by creating parables.
This allows for some imaginative storytelling as rabbis look for interpretations that are not immediately obvious but are nevertheless held within the original text. Grahame-Smith lives up to the midrash ideal by both being respectful to his source material and also using his vivid imagination on a Biblical event that is wide-open to interpretation: Mary and Joseph's flight to Egypt with the Christ child.
It brings to life the terrible things he did very much as I have read them in history books. One also gets a deeper understanding of the locals' simmering, resentful hatred of the Roman empire. Narrator Peter Berkrot is a reader I haven't come across before but will be seeking out in the future. He conveys just the right amount of cynicism as Balthazar, menace and insanity as Herod, and innocence as Mary. I am not sure how this book comes across in print but I'd listen to it again in a heartbeat thanks to Berkrot's narration.
Grahame-Smith has delivered a story of Biblical proportions in Unholy Night: That he did it all while staying true to original material that can be unpopular reading these days makes him a writer I am going to seek out in the future.
Highly recommended. This review first appeared at SFFaudio. I liked it, but it just didn't make me want to scream from the mountain tops about it. It's probably me.
Apr 15, Lorca Damon rated it it was amazing. I never did read the author's previous bestseller, Abraham Lincoln: It came out around the time of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies craze and I judged it as just another one of those fun-yet-silly reads I did read Zombies, it was good, but So when I picked up Unholy Night having never heard of it thanks to living in rural AL without a bookstore!
I had heard of A. Lincoln, so I wondered what kind of twist the author would put to the sto I never did read the author's previous bestseller, Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln, so I wondered what kind of twist the author would put to the story of the Magi and the birth of the Messiah. There is nothing silly about this book. It is wonderfully written and actually makes you think, "What if? I will also say that there are insightful scenes in this book that really make me think as a Christian.
I was chilled by the scene in which a young Pontius Pilate approaches Augusts Caesar; he brings him the news of the birth of a new King, fully expecting that his involvement will be simply another promotion in an already shining career.
After receiving a degree in film from Emerson College , Grahame-Smith moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote and produced for several television series, including Vendettas and the History Channel 's History's Mysteries. While working on Clark and Michael , Grahame-Smith met another producer on the series, David Katzenberg son of Jeffrey , who would become his partner in Katzsmith Productions. Under the Katzsmith banner, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg created, wrote, and produced a scripted comedy for MTV called The Hard Times of RJ Berger , which follows an awkward high-school loser who gains notoriety for his extraordinary endowment.
Through Katzsmith Productions, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are currently developing a number of projects for television and film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Seth Grahame-Smith. Erin Stickle m. The New York Times.
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