Sunday, January 9, 2011

Umm...Weird and Ridiculous

Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

After all the hype this book got on facebook and Booksneeze before it was released, I was expecting something great. My expectations were unmet. In fact, I was extremely disappointed. This is the book description:

"This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story. It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice. Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover. With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds. Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow. Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter. But remember, not everyone is for this story."

The story line was weird, with many vampirish overtones. I kept expecting it to get better, since I have enjoyed many of Dekker's books, but it did not. I didn't feel drawn to any of the characters. The mysticism and pagan themes and the vivid descriptions of Toma's desire for his love were disconcerting. I did not understand how any of the symbolism could be considered Christian without quite a bit of stretching. Try one of Dekker's other books. This was another lame attempt at a vampire story, a subject that is lame enough to begin with without adding "Christian" themes.

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1 comment:

  1. I picked this book up from the library. The book jacket and first couple of pages contains praise upon praise for this book. I don't understand the accolades at all. I strongly disliked this book.

    Your review is right on! The characters were not believable. The main character was in love with a woman based on how she looked (described many times) and there was no deeper connection. This book seemed to be an exercise in writing about vampires, lust, and promiscuous behavior. Then at the end suddenly it is about God. This was such a disappointing read and can't believe it got published. Surely Ted Dekker can do better.

    I kept reading waiting for it to get good- it never did.