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Kristy K. James
on July 15, 2011 :
A very thought provoking story that captured my interest fairly early on. It was a very interesting take on the reactions of those involved in yet another end of the world, Jesus is coming scenario.
I particularly liked Buddy, with his knowledge of the bible, his desire to observe what was happening in town, and his opinion that what was between him and God was between him and God-and no one else.
All in all it was a very good story. The only thing that bothered me was the repetitiveness of the same word/words in a few places. Other than that, after catching my interest, it kept it until I reached the end. Good job, B.L. Newport!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 25, 2011 :
When I first realized this was a story about the rapture I was a little weary. Would this story end up just preaching to me that I had to repent for my wicked ways? Would it make me uncomfortable with oodles of Bible quotes? Luckily the answer to both those questions is no. B.L. Newport's "Buddy Hatch & The End of the World" is an incredibly delightful look at the rapture craze of May 2011. It strikes a fair balance between being a mocking work, and an understanding work.
The plot of the story follows Buddy Hatch and a couple of other townsfolk of Mackleberry Ridge on the day proclaimed to be the rapture. This is the kind of plot that could easily end up being preachy and overbearing, but with healthy doses of humor Newport manages to side step both. The plot flows nicely and the story is difficult to put down because of it.
The characters in this story all have a lovely quality to them. None of them are too likable or dislikable. They're all just people with their quirks and flaws. The interactions between them are what really make this a truly enjoyable story.
The theme of religion can be a touchy one. It's easy to get preachy and to accidentally offend readers in the process. The religious theme of this story works nicely though through the interactions of the Mackleberry townsfolk. Neither side feels "right" they just all feel human and wonderful.
In the end "Buddy Hatch & The End of the World" is worth a read. There are some grammatical issues in the work, but none of them are enough to suck the enjoyment out of it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good laugh.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)