Thursday, November 9, 2017

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore | Origin

There were two big books inside my luggage from Singapore to Iran and back to Singapore.  Pity that I couldn't find time to finish a single book as was too exhausted after whole day touring places.

Anyway, I did finish both now.

The first book is Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan, a imaginative literary mystery novel set amidst the background of a bookstore, book lovers and books, in Colorado.  There were a murder case and a suicide case.

The story starts with one of Lydia's (the main narrator ) favourite book frogs, Joey, hangs himself in the history section.  A shocked Lydia is bewildered when she finds a photography of her birthday party when she was ten with her friends, Raj and Carol.  How is it possible that Joey has it?
Why Joey bequeaths his merger belongings to Lydia?  She finds books with cut out windows that can be linked with other books of the same size by the misplace stickers on them that providing cryptic clues. As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she also unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood.  Details from the one bloody night begin to circle back and force her to face it.

The second book is Origin by Dan Brown.  It may not be the best Robert Langdon book in my opinion but it's entertaining nevertheless.

With an unfamiliar world to him, the world of modern art and technology (E-Wave Quantum Computing), and on a quest to answer two of the most profound questions in human history.

Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

For thousands of years man has struggled with these questions and, in an attempt to fill the void where there is no definite answer, has created stories and gods to explain the inexplicable.

There is also a questioning of blind religious faith.
French artist Paul Gauguin's famous painting titled
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Though the answer to "Where are we going?" left me a little astonished, may be flabbergasted is a better word. It is definitely convincing, and in fact I can see that we are heading that direction, yet good or not I can't say.

I have the same question as Langdon :
The laws of physics alone can create life.
If the laws of physics are so powerful that they can create life ... who created the laws?!

I like this saying in the Epilogue :
"I don't believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect intended us to forgo their use."
Damn right.

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