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Subject: Christain Discussion of Laurell K. Hamilton
Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:57 PM ET
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Laurell K. Hamilton is far from being a Christain writer. In fact, she's not even nuetreul - her fantasy science fiction is clearly Pagean. But I wanted to see if I could find other Christains to discuss the latest offerings in her Fairy series with.

I have never thought her writing approprate for children or teens, anyway; so this is just a 'what do you think' kind of thing - but do other's see, in her recent plots, a Christain message, or just an attempt to remythalogize sacred Christain concepts for Pagean use? (Yea, I know, we did it to them first - Christmas trees and the Easter bunny and whatnot)

In Swallowing Darkness, the Princess was attacked by her enemies as the American Military helped her escape. A bomb exploded near her and embeded some number - I think 7 - of nails into her person - her shoulder, I do believe. As she made her way around the battle field, laying hands on injured soldiers, a nail would work its way out of her skin, at great pain to her - and fall on an injured solder, and he would be healed. We find out in Divine Misdemeanors that the injured solders kept the nails that healed them, and are now wearing them and carrying them with them - and healing others' in Princess Merideth's name. 

we also find people actually praying to her, in spite of the fact that, in the world Hamilton has created, it is illegeal for any fairy, many of whom were once Dieties, to allow themselves to be worshipped.

On Hamilton's website, there are nails for sale, on leather thongs, as necklaces for devoted fans and Pagean Youth - they are awfully simular to the nail necklaces you sometimes see Christain Youth wear.

What's your opinion?

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:04 PM ET
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haven't read her works and from your description doesn't sound like anything I'd label as Christian.

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Oh, she is definatly not a Christain writer. As I said, she is actually quite clearly a Pegan writer. In her sci fi worlds, Goddess worship is the main religion. I just find the usurping of Christiandom a little disturbing to me.

In the plot of Divine Misdemenors, in a discussion about why the Goddess is healing humans and answering their prayers, a character says - We did not respond to her, so she has turned her attention to humans - or something like that. Like Jesus going first to the Jews, and then, when rejected, to the Gentiles. I see a lot of themes being borrowed from Christanity in her work lately, but it is defiantly Pagean stories. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 6:50 PM ET
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I have not read anything by this author and by your description, I'd say I won't be reading anything either. The nail thing bothers me a lot, esp if she is selling them for youth to wear.

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 7:25 PM ET
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I'm probably going to be in the minority here, but if it bothers you, don't read it.  I would never keep reading a series if it was disturbing to me.

I once read an LGBT book that was the first in the series. It had a lot of themes related to Christianity that I felt was making fun/trying to mock. I promptly listed the book and its sequel on here because I found it disgusting. I was glad to get rid of them and use the credits on CF fiction. I also now know I should avoid those types of books no matter how good someone says they are.

Date Posted: 7/15/2010 8:31 PM ET
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well I just found my way in here to leave a thread about some books in the deal.  But upon seeing this thread did a double take and kinda when What the heck.  Firstly Laurrel K Hamilton is in no way a writer for youths.  She is a writer for grown adults and anyone letting there kids read her should be punished as they are mostly erotica now.  Having said that I will say I have not read her faye series.  I have read her Anita Blake series.  Which did start out with Anita being the most devote christian prude however after about 4 or 5 books anita takes a turn for the worst.  Once she fully lets Jean Clude (The Master Vampire of her city) into her life her morals start to change.  Someone told me that her books started to go this way when her husban and her got a divorce.   She does have some christian symbolism in the blake series but I don't know if she means to do this or just accidently writes it cause she's heard it somewhere else before.  I don't believe she is a pagen I think the writer herself is christian which might be why she adds some of the symbolism.  Also the Blake series is not really pagen based Anita remains a christina through out her struggles and tries to cope with what she's done and how god will judge her.  Maybe it is just the Meredith Gentry Series that is pagen based,  I wouldn't know as so far I haven't read it.     

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 7:45 PM ET
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I think a lot of things books being written like this are to use Christian themes but to do it in a way to pull people away from Christianity. I know I am not being very clear here but not sure how to say it. From what was said about this author and series at the top of the thread, it seems she is using fantasy or sci-fi, an putting some Christianity in it but doing it in a way that is almost mocking. Definitely sounds weird as far as the nail thing. Not sure why an author who writes this type of book would put these things in their novels. But if someone reads a book like that, with some Christianity in it, then maybe that person will feel comfortable reading other books like this, without the Christianity. Which to me the Christianity is not even really about Christ, it sounds more new age. Kind of amaxing what you can find out about new age stuff today:) Not sure if that helped at all. And I am probably more confusing than anything:D Sorry.