It's finally here!!!
(November 2) -- Rape.
Killing. These two words ignite fear in the heart of mankind. No one
wants to fall victim to such heinous crimes. The very mention of these
acts can cause a wave of emotions including curiosity. Entertainment
often features various crimes because they pique interest. Russell
Mebane's Rape & Killing, Stories from a Strange Mind
is definitely interesting.
The book consists of
seven short stories and seven lessons. Mebane is a teacher by trade and
he uses this forum to teach his readers. The lessons are of a Biblical
nature. This book represents Mebane's spiritual journey. It is very
apparent that he has spent a considerable amount of time reading the
Bible. He has learned a lot and he uses this book to share his insights
with readers. Some of his opinions and ideas are somewhat
However, I appreciate
the time he has taken to meditate on the Scriptures. The positive
message is refreshing. For example, the lesson about David highlights
how God can use anyone for His glory.
The short stories are
incomparable. They are unlike anything I've ever read. They are science
fiction and cover a wide variety of topics. He addresses social issues
such as racism and male-female relationships. Some of the characters are
from a different planet and some have powers befitting a superhero.
Mating rituals on
other planets and a serial killer seeking revenge are just a few of the
colorful subjects. Mebane has a very vivid imagination. He writes in
such a way that captures the reader's attention. I kept wondering where
he was going and what the ending would be. The book is fast-paced and
there is no chance for boredom while reading this book. Periodically,
Mebane would check in with the reader and thank him for his continued
The word strange is defined
as, "unusual, curious, and odd." By the author's own admission, he has a
strange mind. I would agree with that. The stories are unusual. The
lessons reveal Mebane's curiosity. No doubt some people would categorize
this book as odd. When I first read the title, I was very hesitant
about reading the book. Happily, it was nothing like what I thought it
would be. It was a truly unique reading experience.
Lynia White is a columnist, book reviewer and the founder of The Quality Corner Bookstore - www.thequalitycorner.com. For more book reviews by Lynia, visit her blog at http://thequalitycorner.blogspot.com.