OTF book club Read any books lately? Give us a review. Black, Red, White all three by Ted Dekker A Trilogy. I picked up Black randomly off the fiction shelf and it looked interesting. An average guys gets grazed in the head by a bullet and passes out. He wakes up in another world, but everything feels real. He soon finds out that every time he sleeps in one world, he wakes in the other. He also learns that the worlds are connected...knowledge, skills, and injuries transfer between them with him. When I went to buy Red and White, I was surprised to find them on the Christian Fiction shelf. Apparently I totally missed the religious undertones in Black. It was more obvious in Red and White, but it wasn't preachy...just some parallels between the book and some Christian beliefs. The plot of the three books is entertaining. The main character tries to stop terrorists from unleashing a nasty virus upon the entire world in one reality, while fighting a war with a rival tribe in the other. He learns how to take advantage of all the benefits that each world offers him to use in the other. Good sci-fi read. Revenge by Stephen Fry Yep, Stephen Fry the British comedian/actor. I couldn't put this one down. This is a modernization of The Count of Monte Cristo, one of my favorite stories. A prank gone wrong sends the high school boy who has it all into political exile and captivity for years until, as we all know, he returns to exact his revenge. The book is harsh and twisted throughout, but Fry injects humor all over the place, often taking stabs at British society. Excellent read, one I definitely recommend. Salad Days by Charles Romalotti One of the best books I've read in a long time, and I've read a lot of good books lately. This book is a first person story about a straight-edge, vegetarian, hardcore kid growing up in rural Kansas. It begins in his high school, and all the crap he has to deal with being the "freak" in a redneck town. The first third of the book takes us to graduation, then makes a jump to a few years later and follows his life from there. I don't want to say much else for fear of spoiling anything. This book is extremely emotional and trying. Some of the most powerful passages are the handful of present tense pages scattered about the book that detail the situation he's in while he's telling you his story. It's sad, but very very very good. Any fan of music should read this, as the main bulk of the book is his memories of the two bands he was in, playing shows, touring, practicing, and so forth. The Last Season by Eric Blehm Okay, I'm pimping my brother in law's newest book. But I'm doing so because it was amazing. It's the only book that's ever brought me to tears. A documentary account of Randy Morgenson, a Sierra Park ranger for three decades who disappeared on routine patrol in the mid 90's, and the search and rescue efforts to find him, mixed in with chapters that go back and tell Randy's past. It's not just a story for mountain junkies. I really think anybody would like this book. Eric pulled hundreds of lines from Randy's logbooks...that man had a serious way with words. Some of the most eloquent and passionate words I've ever read. Anyway, I recommend it, and not just because he's my bro.