Saturday, October 28, 2006

Reader's Diary #178- Holy Bible: Numbers (FINISHED)

Long before Eddie Murphy, and even before Nester, there was Balaam's ass.

I had never heard of a talking donkey in the Bible before, and I must say, it was a welcome addition. Let's Disney this baby up a little, I say.

Actually, the reason I like it and the rest of Numbers, is how much I can see of modern fantasy books. There are of course the ubiquitous battles, but there are also giants (the Anakim), magic (a staff sprouts almonds), and of course the talking donkey. Plus, I loved the branch out into a secondary storyline, "The Misadventures of Balaam and Balak". It reminded me a little of The Lord of The Rings, with the addition of these characters. Again, as a novel (even of the fantasy variety) the Bible tends to get bogged down with details, prescription, and proscription, but it could be, and has been, a very inspirational book for writers.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well, who knew?

I still don't know how you get past all the begats though.

John Mutford said...

I skim.