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Subject: Ted Dekker question...
Date Posted: 1/9/2010 10:00 PM ET
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Today at a thrift store I bought a copy of his book White.  I mainly picked it up out of slight interest, knowing it may be WL'd.  I remembering a friend saying she'd read this series & enjoyed it.  My question is what order do these go in? I couldn't tell by his website but I'm guessing it is Black, Red, White, Green... 

Also I guess I'm wondering if I'd like this series.  I'm NOT into science fiction stuff, not really into fantasy, & not into scaring the you know what out of me either.  So if you've read these...do you think this is not for me?  I can't get a good idea of whether I should read it or stay clear from the little blip on the back of the book.  :)

Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 10:50 PM ET
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The order that works the best is Black, Red, White, Green.  I'm reading Green now, and I don't think I could understand anything in the other books if starting with Green, (even though the author says he wrote Green as "Book Zero" and could be considered the beginning instead of the conclusion). 


To me, the series is like a modern-day Narnia, sort of a parallel universe kind of thing.  I'd say it is an allegorical fantasy, with a Redemption story woven throughout.  Read the first several chapters of Black and see what you think.  It is unusual, to say the least!


Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 10:54 PM ET
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I personally enjoy Ted Dekker.  Most of his books that I have read takes a lot of concentration as I would get confused and have to reread sections.  It is a little fantasy to me, a lot of the story takes place in a "parallel universe".  I still found that even with the fact that it needed total concentration, I would not want to put the book down.  It may take a while to get into the story but everything of his I have read is like that yet in the end I thoroughly enjoyed them.

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 11:08 PM ET
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I agree with Annelle, Black, Red, White, Green is best way to read the series. I honestly do not understand how someone could pick up Green and read that one first, it would be horribly confusing.

As to whether or not you'll like it, my best guess would be if you liked Narnia then you will probably like the Circle series. Like everyone has said it's parrallel universe with scenes taking place in modern day and then in the other world.  BTW it's NOT scary at all.

If you don't end up liking it, he does have other books that aren't fantasy oriented. Blink of an Eye, Kiss and Burn are more romantic supsense-ish

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 7:44 PM ET
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Thank you for your feedback guys...Okay I have to admit something...I've never read the Narnia series :(  I know, I know you're all saying WHAT???  I do own them (what else is new I own about 400+ in my TBR Mtn.) 

And Deborah thank you for the suggestions of his non-fantasy books!

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 10:17 PM ET
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Blink of an Eye is one of my favorite books, ever!  It was originally released with the title Blink, recently re-released with the new title because it is being made into a movie.  I've heard that Dekker made some changes when the new version came out, but I haven't read that version.  So, if you can't find Blink of an Eye, look for BlinkThr3e is another book of his, it is more a psychological thriller with an extremely unexpected ending that I never saw coming.


So, you've never read Narnia! Well. . . I know how it is. . . so many books, so little time! 

 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 3:16 PM ET
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I personally find Ted Dekker a little hard to read. I have tried Thunder of Heaven, Read and Obsession.

I don't know, maybe I choose the wrong ones to start with!?!  LOL

My hubby LOVES them, and I have seen THREE the movie and it was great!

 

(Just my two cents!)

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 10:47 PM ET
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My wife also is not into science fiction, fantasy, or scary books. I think she isn't really even a fan of Dekker's suspense type works. However, Black, Red, and White are some of her favorite books by any modern author.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:45 PM ET
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Saint, Sinner, Showdown, House.... are some more Ted Dekker books. With the "parallel universe" thing, it reminds me of a soap opera...they way they flip from one story line to another that aren't really connected. Now, at the end of Dekker's you find out the connection....

GREAT SERIES!

Subject: Ted Dekker question
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 4:50 PM ET
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I, too, am not a big sci fi/fantasy fan but I read the Circle Trilogy and was hooked by book 1. (forget which order I read them in). I was overwhelmed by the thread of love & redemption throughout the book. I don't think I caught it all until book 3. I have recommended these books to everyone. I'm trying to get my husband to read them but anything "christian" and he gets nervous, but after describing the story in depth, he says he's ready.
 

Blink was actually my first Dekker book and I was FLOORED. It's a great story, romance from a guy's perspective, but his explanation of time and how God lives in all time really rocked my world & I've been in church all of my life. So, totally recommend that one!  

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 12:13 AM ET
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I'm not a sci fi fan, but have enjoyed a number of Dekker books. My first Dekker read was Blink several years ago. Really enjoyed it. It was much different than what I normally read up until that point. The book had the 1st chapt. of Three in the back--for a tease. So had to read Three-- the ending totally caught me by surprise, loved all the twists & turns. Really liked Obsession, also Blessed Child & Man Called Blessed (I think that's the name, both of these were co-written with Bill Bright) . Read the Circle Trilogy one book right after the other. Though I enjoyed them, It was ready for the 3rd book to end. Read the 1st chapter or 2 of House & decided it wasn't one I wanted to spend time reading. Also Showdown--too strange for my tastes. I just purchased Burn with gift card I got for Christmas. Looking forward to reading it.

I've found that with Dekker's books you really have to be ready to read them, and fully engaged in them. They are not quick reads. They take a lot of thought and concentration. But they each seem to have a message entwined in them.

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Date Posted: 2/19/2010 5:48 PM ET
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just a note that Blink was re-released as Blink of an Eye, just so you know that it is the same book