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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. He doesn't even realize he will be forever changed by this King, as well. The writing is so good that you a forget you already know how the story turns out and b are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. I read that somewhere else! Mar 21, BookGuys rated it really liked it.
Vampire Hunter, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn't just another throwaway mash-up. I remember writing that this would be a great book to help introduce the historical figure of Abraham Lincoln, one of America's most beloved Presidents to a youthful audience.
If you stripped away the vampire hunting, you still had a pretty decent tale of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and with some guidance from a teacher to let the students know When I reviewed Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: If you stripped away the vampire hunting, you still had a pretty decent tale of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and with some guidance from a teacher to let the students know what parts of the novel were historical fact and which were not That said, when I heard about Seth's upcoming novel "Unholy Night" and read the synopsis, I doubted this was a topic anyone could "mash-up" without offending people.
When you bring religious holy texts into the realm of fiction, you are usually asking for trouble. Just ask Salman Rushdie, who probably still has a price on his head to this day.
Seth Grahame-Smith surprised me yet again with not only his tactful handling of the mash-up, but with his story telling ability. Let me pause here and fill you in on the story's premise with the official "product description" Product Description From the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: We begin the tale learning a bit about Balthezar, a.
The Antioch Ghost, the greatest thief in all the land and a thorn in King Herod's side. Early on, Balthezar is captured and put in a dungeon to await his execution the next morning, there he meets two other "Wise Men" and much like the A-Team when presented with a maximum security facility, they "promptly escape". The chase is underway, as Herod and Ceasar send out the soldiers to find not only the three wise men, but a problem child, a newborn who some claim is the Messiah, the Prophet foretold in the holy books.
Balthezar and company meet up with a 15 year old girl who has just given birth and her husband, Joseph sound familiar? Balthezar, being no man's fool laughs this off and tells Joseph he is a fool for believing her. As the story progresses, Balthezar quickly realizes that God is indeed protecting the little child.
But will it be enough to save them all? The supernatural forces of evil are also in play. You'll have to read the book to find out how it all plays out, I won't spoil it. If you've read the Bible, you may have some idea as to the fates of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus but the wisemen are never mentioned after their initial encounter with Jesus and His Earthly parents, and their tale and the times between Biblical scripture's continuity are Seth Grahame-Smith's blank page to fill.
From beginning to end, this is an action-adventure. Seth Grahame-Smith does this all without offending Christians, without challenging, correcting or disputing a single word of scripture. It's sheer genius.
Any Religious zealot who would denounce this book has either never read it or hasn't read the scripture that is part of it's source material. None of it is offensive, the dialogue of even such sensitive "characters" as Joseph and Mary is believable and stays true to the canon of the New Testament. This was almost like having a street-level view of the first few days of the life of Christ, and being let in on a little unknown secret.
This book has been picked up by Warner Brothers for movie rights to the tune of 2 million dollars, a month or more before it's release, and it's definitely a movie I would watch, and a book I enjoyed reading. Let me know what you think about it when you read it, as for me I was surprised by the respect shown to the New Testament and the crafty way Seth wrapped this action adventure around the birth of Jesus Christ without offending anyone.
I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next. Unholy Night comes out in April Pre-order it now. Jul 21, Ana rated it it was amazing. As a Catholic, I was really wanting to see how Seth Grahame-Smith would incorporate a Biblical event and give it his own twist. The Three Wise Men were really greedy, sword-wielding bandits that just happened to fall into King Herod's bad graces and stumble upon our Lord, Jesus Christ as a baby?!? What the hell? The book was harder to get into simply because it seemed to jump around from character to character, yet as I allowed myself to get pulled into the storyline, I found this to be the best As a Catholic, I was really wanting to see how Seth Grahame-Smith would incorporate a Biblical event and give it his own twist.
The book was harder to get into simply because it seemed to jump around from character to character, yet as I allowed myself to get pulled into the storyline, I found this to be the best Grahame-Smith book I read, by far. The Antioch Ghost, one of the "wise men" of the book and the lead character, really goes from being someone you hate to someone you root for.
The ending is what gets to me, though, and I won't say why, but let me just say, I nearly did that ugly-face cry. I will definitely read this again. Feb 24, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had higher expectations for this book, in comparison to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, because Abraham Lincoln was so much better than I expected. It's safe to say that Seth Grahame-Smith exceeded my expectations. Grahame-Smith is a fantastic writer. I am torn because on one hand I want to see what Mr.
Grahame-Smith can do if he gets away from the gimmick of retelling well-known stories.
On the other hand, he is so good at retelling well-known stories that I want him to continue. I can't w I had higher expectations for this book, in comparison to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, because Abraham Lincoln was so much better than I expected.
I can't wait to see what he tackles next. Jun 06, Scott Rhee rated it really liked it Shelves: Seth Grahame-Smith has done something pretty amazing in his novel "Unholy Night". It should be noted that this is the same author of the now-cult classic "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and the surprise best-seller "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter".
Nothing is sacred to Smith. Smith has taken the most beloved story of the Christian faith and turned Seth Grahame-Smith has done something pretty amazing in his novel "Unholy Night".
Smith has taken the most beloved story of the Christian faith and turned it into a Quentin Tarantino movie. The result is awesome.
Re-imagining the Three Wise Men as three violent criminals on the lam from King Herod and the Roman authorities, Smith has created a fully-realized back-story for three characters who did not get a lot of play in the Biblical account.
Indeed, the wise men aren't even given names in the Bible. Smith corrects that. The leader of this triumverate of holy criminals is Balthazar, a. The Antioch Ghost, a master-thief who has managed to elude the Romans for years but is caught when he seduces the daughter of a Roman centurion. It is in the prison where he meets Gaspar and Melchyor. In a prison break scene to rival the one in "The Shawshank Redemption", the three flee to a small town called Bethlehem and hide out in a manger.
Unfortunately, they have managed to pick the same manger where a young carpenter named Joseph is holed up with his wife, Mary, and newborn son. When Herod makes the decree to have all children under the age of two in his kingdom killed, Balthazar makes the choice to act as protector for this young couple and their baby.
Oh, and there's something very odd about this baby. It doesn't cry, always seems to have a knowing look upon its face, and weird miraculous things happen around him. The group sets out for Egypt, a country in which Herod, or his Roman goons, have no jurisdiction. What ensues is a suspense-filled chase replete with lots of swordplay, supernatural events, and more blood and guts than a "Saw" movie.
He actually tells a pretty moving story about faith and redemption. Fans of Christopher Moore's wonderful "Lamb" may enjoy Smith's revisionist take on another well-known Christian story, as both authors know how to entertain while still remaining respectful to the original, but don't expect the laugh-out-loud humor found in Moore.
Smith's story is balls-to-the-walls serious action. There is nothing truly sacrilegious about "Unholy Night", but be forewarned: Smith takes great pleasure in describing in graphic detail how Roman swords slice through skin, sinew, muscle and bone, and he does it frequently. The blood flows quite liberally in this story of the Nativity, so Merry Bloody Christmas!
The story of the birth of Jesus Christ may be one familiar to many, but on the other hand very little is known about the three wise men that brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
This is why this book is so entertaining. Unholy Night pretty much asks, what if these Three Kings were actually a bunch of thieves and killers? I was all prepared to give this book a high rating just for the unique and hilarious premise alone.
And I would have, if only I wasn't so disappointed with the writ The story of the birth of Jesus Christ may be one familiar to many, but on the other hand very little is known about the three wise men that brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And I would have, if only I wasn't so disappointed with the writing. Maybe it's just me, but I found the writing in this novel to be horrifically bad.
I was actually shocked to see that it was Seth Grahame-Smith's most recently released novel, because I loved his work in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and quite frankly what I saw in Unholy Night felt like a step backward.
The prose and some of the phrases and metaphors he used in it just seemed downright amateurish. Descriptions felt lazy and sloppy. Also, while this book is supposedly about the so-called Three Wise Men, we only really get to know about Balthazar. In fact, beyond Balthazar there's hardly any development of the other characters at all. What characterization there was felt very flat and shallow, and completely squandered. For instance, I felt Mary and Joseph came across as nothing more than a couple of naive religious nuts, when this otherwise would have been a fantastic opportunity to explore the thoughts, personalities and motivations of these two extraordinary figures.
I was also not very impressed as how Herod was portrayed as a villain -- a crazy mad man who is a violent egomaniac, who rapes women and kills people for sport? He was basically a caricature of someone "really, really evil TM " and not much more.
I was entertained by the story, I will give it that. However, I was really disappointed overall, given how much I was looking forward to reading this. A great idea, but wasted on an unimaginative plot and poor character development.
Ini pertama kali aku membaca buku dari Seth Grahame-Smith walaupun aku sudah jatuh cinta pada 2 film yang diangkat dari bukunya Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombie. Dan kuakui dia memang penulis jenius yang jago mentwist sesuatu yang klasik dan "biasa" menjadi hal yang menarik perhatian.
Siapapun sudah tahu tentang kisah kelahiran Kristus yang penuh cobaan. Ancaman pembunuhan bayi-bayi, tempat melahirkan yang susah di dapatkan.
Nah di sinilah Seth masuk dan memberikan sentuhan ajaibnya. Dia memberikan background menarik pada 3 orang majus misterius itu, para anti hero, para penjahat dan pelarian Herodes. Dan si sinilah aku mulai membaca buku ini dengan perhatian penuh.
Di ceritakan dari sisi seorang anti hero bernama Balthazar, cerita ini bergulir cepat dan sangat memikat. Dia adalah penjahat cerdas berdedikasi yang memulai karirnya sejak masih anak-anak.
Pencopet prof, pencuri dan sekarang pembunuh sadis. POV pria penuh komplikasi ini lugas, dark tapi juga lucu. Aku terpukau pada kecerdasan dan modus-modusnya, kepercayaan dirinya, kekuatan tekadnya dan sisi moral yang tak kusangka masih ada di dalam dirinya. Buku ini membuatku sadar bahwa ada kejahatan super jahat tanpa kode etik yang tetap bisa membuat hati seorang penjahatpun tergerak dengan rasa marah. Unsur sejarah dan fiksi terjalin sempurna, pesan moral dan aksi laga sangat menghibur dan menginspirasi.
Romance dibuku ini tipis tapi menyentuh. Beberapa adegan perkelahian dan penyiksaan mungkin cukup gore dan mendetail, pastikan perutmu kuat sebelum membacanya. Ending buku ini akan membuatmu mendesah puas karena aku suka bagaimana Seth merangkum dan menggabungkan beberapa fakta dengan sangat mulus dan menyajikannya sebagai sebuah kisah daur ulang yang sangat memikat.
My Rating: Nice interesting telling of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus that reveal the truth behind the 3 wise men.
While not as good to me as the Abraham Lincoln novel he wrote this is still a good entertaining read. Sometimes a straight story hits the spot; one that reaches in and grabs your guts to let them remember the meat and gore you're made of. By straight I mean: Along the way there are tests of love and death, talks of faith and epic camel chases.
There's also a healthy spin on biblical tales most Sometimes a straight story hits the spot; one that reaches in and grabs your guts to let them remember the meat and gore you're made of. There's also a healthy spin on biblical tales most Americans are pretty familiar with, adding depth to the infamous cast of characters sprinkled in to "keep it real" -- Julius and Augustus Caesar for example, Pontius Pilate, and swarming, man-eating locusts.
For those who need more: Love the Bible, hate the Bible, it doesn't matter. There's something for everyone. And I almost forgot to mention the disease-addled, bloodthirsty villain, Herod, with his pre-teen concubines and milky, oozing, stink-infested lesions!
The whole thing reads like an unrelenting bedtime story sure to invoke ominous dreams, and parched lips.
Jun 19, William rated it it was amazing. They were furious, and they were going to take that fury out on his skull if they caught up to him.
After all, the untold legions in that cloud werent just chasing the thief whod made off with a fortune of stolen goods, and they werent after the murderer whod killed a handful of their comrades They were trying to catch the Antioch Ghost. It was a nickname born of the only two things the Romans knew about him: one, that he was Syrian by birth, in which case it was a good bet that hed grown up in Antioch; and two, that he had a knack for slipping into the homes of the wealthy and making off with their riches without being seen or heard.
Other than those scant facts and a rough physical description, the Romans had nothingnot his age, not even his real name. And while the AntiochGhostwasnt particularly inspired as nicknames went, it wasnt all that bad, either. Balthazar had to admit, he enjoyed seeing it among the known criminals painted on the side of public buildingsalways in red, always in Latin: Reward!
The Antioch Ghost Enemy of Rome! Thief of the Eastern Empire! Sure, he hadnt achieved the infamy of a Hannibal or a Spartacus, but he was something of a minor celebrity in his little corner of the world.
There was a second chorus of whistling, followed by a second strike of arrows behind him. Balthazar turned and watched the last of them fall. While still too far away to cause concern, this volley hadnt been quite as hopeless as the last. Theyre getting closer, he thought. Faster, stupid! If only he could get out of their sight for a minute or two, change direction. Even now, with an indeterminate number of Judean soldiers chasing him through the middle of nowhere, with only a tired, pungent camel and a dull sword to protect him, and even though his pursuers were only two minutes behind him at best, Balthazar still had a chance.
Hed spent years memorizing a network of caves to hide out in, shortcuts across barren lands, the best places to scrounge up food and water on the run. Hed trained himself how to survive. How to carry on in times when the whole world seemed hell-bent on snuffing him out.
Times like now. He sensed his camel slowing down and gave it another swift kick in its side. The beast had struggled to keep pace with the weight of all that treasure on its back, and Balthazar had been forced to toss some of his heavier spoils overboard as theyd fled Tel Arad.
The sight of all that wealth skipping across the sand had nearly made him sick to his stomach. The thought of some lucky shepherd stumbling upon his spoils made his jaw clench and his teeth grind. There was nothing more enraging, more unjust than denying a man the hard-earned fruits of his labor, especially when those fruits were made of solid gold. Balthazar had briefly considered cutting off one of his own limbs to shed an equal amount of weight. But the long-term prospects of a one-armed marauder were limited.
It was still losing steam, and once again, Balthazar was forced to consider the unthinkable: jettisoning more of his hard-earned treasure.
He reached into one of the large saddle bags and fished around until his hands found something that felt heavy. He almost couldnt bear to look as he pulled it out into the sunlight. There, in his hand, was a solid silver drinking cupnearly the size of a bowl. Intricately carved and adorned with precious stones.
It was a stunning piece, made from the finest materials with the finest artistry. It was also incredibly heavy. Balthazar held the chalice out to his side.
Then, with his eyes averted and his stomach churning, he let it slip from his fingers. He turned away to spare himself the sight of it rolling across the desert floor and gave the camel another swift kick in retaliation.
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Emerson College. Comedy, horror fiction , mashup , non-fiction. Dark Shadows. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on his novel; Co-screenwriter with Simon Kinberg. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Lego Batman Movie. The Lego Ninjago Movie. Child's Play. Chapter Two.The book plays around with the Nativity story, particularly the place of the Wise Men. I think it would have been more interesting if there was a more convincing supernatural villain to challenge the power of God by threatening the survival of the Messiah and the future of man's soul.
There were some extremely unique kills in this book, and one torture scene that made my tummy flop. Balthezar and company meet up with a 15 year old girl who has just given birth and her husband, Joseph sound familiar? One of Balthazar's main traits was his complete derision for anyone who believes.
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