Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
Now Previous Articles Road Essays Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio

Recent posts

Month in review

Reviews:
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Jesus Swept

Jesus SweptJesus Swept: 04/21/09

I read and enjoyed Jesus Swept by James Protzman during the Easter weekend. It was the perfect antidote to the all the cute bunnies and religious well wishing. The novel tracks the events of an almost miracle and almost second coming in North Carolina. Centered around the almost miracle is an ancient bracelet, three young men (who take turns being Jesus) and the woman who finds the bracelet and tries to make the miracle happen.

The narrative is told in short snippets moving from different characters, not always being where I wanted the story to be. There are the street sweepers: Gary, Luke and Mark. Gary, the novel implies is the second coming of Jesus except that Gary doesn't believe it and is perfectly willing to share the job around with Luke and Mark. Then there are Liz and her husband. Liz has the bracelet for most of the book. There is Hook and Sinker (I kept waiting for Line to show up) a sister and brother pair who have a hand in the miracle too, although they don't see it that way. There are a handful of other colorful characters who make up this tale of "Do Good, Be Nice, Have Fun."

The goofy matter-of-factness to Jesus Swept reminds me favorably of Christopher Moore's books. Although I'm a fan of Moore's novels (especially the ones set in Pine Cove), I liked Jesus Swept more than I did Lamb. I like it more because Protzman keeps the story short. The novel makes its point, tells its jokes and then ends before there's a chance for rambling tangents.

There's also a hint of Dogma and Oh God! too. I suppose I would remise if I neglected my favorite character: Ho Dog. She shows up around the midway point and offers advice but doesn't tamper too much in the overall miracle.

The author information on the back of the book mentions a second novel in the works, Plaid. I'm looking forward to it.

Other posts and reviews


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:

Comment #1: Wednesday, April, 22, 2009 at 10:05:48

James

Hi there.

Thanks for the wonderful review. You're the first person who has the same favorite character as I do. (By the way, I'm bringing Dog back in Plaid, which is already proving to be great fun.)

Thank you again for such a clear and thoughtful review.

Do good. Be nice. Have fun!



Comment #2: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:41:34

Pussreboots

Dog be praised. :)



Comment #3: Wednesday, April, 22, 2009 at 10:58:21

That's the Book!

This sounds like a wonderful book. And since you made the comparison to Lamb I fell compelled to rush out and get it right now. Sounds great, I'll definitely be getting my hands on this one.



Comment #4: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:46:12

Pussreboots

Great. Happy reading!



Comment #5: Wednesday, April, 22, 2009 at 22:52:06

bingkee

I love books about Jesus even if it's fiction. Try to read "Jesus is Lord: Out of Egypt" by a renewed Anne Rice



Comment #6: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 21:07:00

No thanks. Anne Rice isn't my cup of tea.



Comment #7: Wednesday, April, 22, 2009 at 23:23:47

Adam

I found this post from searching on msn. I've been meaning to read this book because one of my bible study friends said he really liked it and i usually respect his opinion on reading material. Thanks for the review.



Comment #8: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 21:08:14

Pussreboots

Glad I could help. Happy reading.