the grasshopper lies heavy/the man in the high castle, and other books

December 1, 2022

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but these are two books I would not necessarily recommend.

Maybe it’s because I saw the series (The Man In The High Castle) first, but maybe not.

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I read The Grasshopper Lies Heavy first. It’s an easy read, following two main characters – a slave and a Confederate/KKK officer. It’s very choppy, broken…it jumps back and forth between the characters, quite often. The main theme of the story, or storyline, jumps back and forth between a slave working in a munitions factory and a KKK officer. He is actually pretty smart, for being a slave. One day he meets a Black Panther and is convinced that he is to kill a KKK officer.

The year is 1966 — a century after the Confederate States of America won the Civil War — the Cold War rages. The Soviets control the west coast. The British have The Colonies. The Confederacy is a powder keg in the middle. (Goodreads)

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The Man in the High Castle (the book) follows a Chinese Propaganda Minister, Julia and Frank who have separated. Julia is living in the Neutral Zone (Colorado area) while Frank is living in the Japanese controlled west. Julia meets Joe, a supposed truck driver (turns out he’s a Nazi spy) and gets hold of The Grasshopper lies heavy. Frank quits – or is fired, I can’t remember – his job at a munitions factory. Him and his buddy start making jewelry. They give their jewelry to a collector/dealer to sell on commission – one piece ends up with the Chinese Propaganda minister which transports him to a different America. Julia gets her hands on the book The Grasshopper Lies Heavy and ends up at the author’s house. The book The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – in the story – is about the version of the US that won the war (in theory).

The two books aren’t really related to each other, other than them being about alternate America’s. The tv series is much, much better – in my opinion. It takes you much deeper and is much more complex than the books.

99% of the time I prefer the book over the TV series/movie. There are cases where the book and movie are equally good, but that doesn’t happen too often.

Two books I would recommend, however are:

As It Was In The Days Of Noah and The Great Controversy.

The Days of Noah Warnings from Bible Prophecy About the Coming Global Storm is about the great flood and how it compares to what’s going on “today”. It compares the wickedness then, to the wickedness now. It is copyrighted 2014, and I read it shortly after. I’ll probably delve into it a little, after I get through What’s The Difference.

The Great Controversy is a book written by Ellen G. White and is about the spiritual struggle between good and evil here on earth. From the destruction of Jerusalem to God’s ultimate victory over evil, persecution/spiritual darkness, reformation (martin Luther, Wycliffe, Huss and Jerome, and more), the final warning, time of trouble, and deliverance.

Ellen G. White was an American author and co-founder of the Seventh Day Adventists. (1827-1915)

“All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan
regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe.
This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice,
in self-exaltation became Satan, God’s adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels.
He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin.
This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity,
the disordering of the created world, and its eventual devastation at the time of the global flood,
as presented in the historical account of Genesis 1-11.
Observed by the whole creation, this world became the arena of the universal conflict,
out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated. To assist His people in this controversy,
Christ sends the Holy Spirit and the loyal angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation. (Gen. 3; 6-8; Job 1:6-12; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-18; Rom. 1:19-32; 3:4; 5:12-21; 8:19-22; 1 Cor. 4:9; Heb. 1:14; 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Peter 3:6; Rev. 12:4-9.)”

Books that are on my tbr list:

~ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
~ The Lost Books of The Bible
~ The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
~ The Three Books of Enoch and the Book of Giants
~ Beauty and the Beast (the original story)

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I was just told not to buy myself any books. So, I won’t be able to add any books to my collection…at least not until after Christmas. I highly doubt my housemate got me the Books of Enoch, he doesn’t know that it’s on my wish list.

We are watching The Handmaid’s Tale tv series – or were. We got all caught up, so we have to wait for the next season. Which we won’t be able to watch until next fall. If it ends up being a Christmas present, now would be a good time to read it. I think, anyway.

I am reading Stephen King’s book If It Bleeds right now. I hope I’ll be finished by Christmas, or shortly thereafter. I’ve got plenty of books to be read, so I’m not worried. With everything that’s going on right now, it is nice to be able to sit down, with a cup of warm milk and honey (and cinnamon), and read for an hour or so before bed. After my dad passed away, I kind of stopped reading. For a while…it’s nice I’m finally back at it.

hope you have a great day!
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