Book Reviews of Children of God : A Novel

Children of God : A Novel
Children of God A Novel
Author: Mary Doria Russell
ISBN-13: 9780679456353
ISBN-10: 067945635X
Publication Date: 3/24/1998
Pages: 436
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Villard
Book Type: Hardcover
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An imaginative, quirkily humorous novel featuring a priest named Emilio Sandoz, whose quest to demystify God's providence leads him to question the possibility of faith.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book and I was NOT disappointed. This is the follow up to her earlier book, âThe Sparrow.â While I sometimes got frustrated with that book I never did with this book. It goes more deeply into the characters, both human and âalienâ. The culture is much more prevalent that in the first book as well. I am very pleased with this book.
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This book answered a lot of questions about the end of the first one, The Sparrow. Like what happened to everybody! Poor
Emilo, he suffered greatly and is finally finding some form of happiness on Earth though he is still very fragile emotionally. I won't spoil anymore for the next person but it caught my interest from the first and was a great read!!!
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I was really looking forward to reading this book and I was NOT disappointed. This is the follow up to her earlier book, âThe Sparrow.â While I sometimes got frustrated with that book I never did with this book. It goes more deeply into the characters, both human and âalienâ. The culture is much more prevalent that in the first book as well. I am very pleased with this book.
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Great follow-up to The Sparrow.
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Wonderful, wonderful book! It stretched my mind in so many ways. I guess I'd call it a sci-fi novel with heart and with religious tones.
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The sequel to "The Sparrow", this novel clarified many questions for the first book. Well written, well done, and really different. I am not typically a fan of Science Fiction, but I loved it. Read "The Sparrow" first.
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This sequel to "Sparrow" deals a lot more with the alien life on planet Rakhat. The story does jump back and forth to different time periods, and the names and relationships of some of the aliens can be difficult to follow. There is still considerable discussion of God and moral issues.
All in all, I enjoyed "Sparrow" a bit more, but this book is a reasonable sequel.
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I was a little hesitant to read this sequel to The Sparrow, and in hindsight, I think I should have skipped it. Although it's fairly well written, it was not nearly as powerful as its forerunner. The world-building was more detailed this time around, and much was revealed and explained about what happened on Rakhat, but the on-planet accounts went on too long and too intricately, and Russell's message was heavy-handed. I sifted out the salient points of the story and skimmed through much of the cultural/sociological ramblings.

Russell was so focused on the planetary upheaval aspects that Emilio's redemption, the point of the story as far as I was concerned, got lost in the shuffle. He became almost unimportant, and was given a too simple and too sudden resolution that was neither believable nor satisfying. Better to have read The Sparrow as an excellent standalone, and left Emilio's story there.
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excellent sequel, don't read unless you read the first "the Sparrow".
If you have been taught by Jesuits, even if you are no longer religious, an especially interesting pair of novels.
And Great SF too!
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I didn't finish this. I really liked The Sparrow, but found this sequel less interesting. It focused more on the aliens from the Sparrow, and I couldn't really bring myself to care about them.
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This is a satisfying sequel to *The Sparrow,* with disabilities, politics, anthropology, revolution, art and music, technology, war, parenthood, faith, and even the Mafia thrown in -- oh, and a lot of it on another planet. A couple of characters do unlooked-for things, but so do real people. Well done.
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It was a pretty good read overall and definitely provided a nice level of closure to the previous book although I think I enjoyed the first one better.
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You must read the Sparrow first, fantastic story, you can't put down.