November 29th, 2010

Commercial Break

I don’t know if it’s the fast-moving pace of the Internet or a result of my ever-advancing age, but I don’t remember when or why I started reading Rob Kroese (warning: he cusses sometimes).  I’m sure I followed a link from somewhere that may have also been a link from somewhere else – you know how it goes.  All I know for sure is that I’ve had a bookmark to his site for over a year, which in Internet Time is more like 8 years.  Another couple of years and I’ll feel I’ve known the guy my whole life.  I follow him on Twitter and I’m pretty sure I’ve retweeted him more than anyone else I follow.  His sense of humor coincides with mine 7 times out of 12, and that’s about as high as you’re going to get with any random other person, most likely.

Anyway, a while back he wrote a book.  More specifically, he wrote a fictional novel about an angel living on Earth whose job it is to help bring on the End Times, but who has gotten sidetracked.  I’ll be honest – any fictional work that takes liberties with stuff in the Bible generally causes me to raise a skeptical eyebrow.  That’s just how it is and how it will be.  but I bought the book for a couple of reasons:

  1. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve found Mr. Kroese humorous already. It follows I might enjoy his book.
  2. He turned his blog-writing into novel-writing.
  3. He self-published the book the first time around.

Item 1 is enough for people to read a book. Items 2 and 3 are more because I wanted to support his efforts and express my jealousy all at the same time.

I haven’t finished the book yet (mostly because I don’t read as much as ought to), but so far I like it.  There’s a mix of Douglas Adams and Dave Barry going on in his writing, and I mean that as a compliment.  I can’t tell you if I’ll love the whole book, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.  The other unintended effect has been that it has relighted the spark of intent in me, the desire to want to write more myself.  I may never get to that novel or the children’s book I’ve had in my head for years, but blogging more frequently would be a good start…

If you want to give Mercury Falls a read, Amazon can help you with that. There’s a Kindle version, too, if that’s your thing. He’s already hard at work on a sequel, so I guess I’d better get finished with this one.

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