Posted by: Matt | October 17, 2007

I Have to Buy This Book

Sometimes as I peruse book blogs I come across a book I have to have.  This occurred with The Book Thief, it was receiving such great reviews.  And it happened again just a couple of days ago.  Aidan at A Dribble of Ink posted an interview with the author Mark J. Ferrari who has recently written a book called The Book of Joby.  The synopsis, as taken from his website, is as follows:

“Lucifer and the Creator have entered, yet again, into a wager they’ve made many times before, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight of a weary millennium, nine year old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his times. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend.

Though imperiled themselves, the angels are forbidden to intervene. Left to struggle with their own loyalties and the question of obedience, they watch Lucifer work virtually unhindered to turn Joby’s heart of gold into ash and stone while God sits by, seeming unconcerned.

Grown to manhood, Joby’s once luminous love of life seems altogether lost, and Lucifer’s victory assured. What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village whose odd inhabitants seem to defy the modern world’s most inflexible assumptions, and in the hearts of Joby’s long lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. But the ravenous forces of destruction that follow Joby into this concealed paradise plan to use these same things to bring him and his world to ruin.

As the final struggle unfolds, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell. Which will prove stronger, love or rage?”

I don’t know about you but I think it sounds fantastic.  The interview is also quite good.  This is of course listed as a fantasy book, but some would also like to classify it as Christian literature as well which if you read the interview I think you’ll find does not accurately represent the book.  In fact, I didn’t even think to classify it as Christian literature, had I done so I would likely not want to read it.

So check it out.  This is one I’ll be buying in the next couple of weeks!



  1. Oh, I haven’t heard of this one before. sounds interesting!

  2. It does sound interesting. I can see why it’s labeled Christian literature, it sounds like an updated fantastical retelling of the Book of Job story.

  3. Oooh, sounds neat!

  4. See? I knew I came to visit your blog for a reason! Book recommendations!! I’ve never heard of this book or author. Now you’ve made ME want to buy it!! (Actually, I’ll probably wait until you buy it and read it!!)

  5. Matt,

    Let me assure you that the novel is as good as it sounds. I’m savouring my time with it and am about half-way through at the moment.

    If the quality keeps up, you can be sure that this will be near the top of my “Best-of-the-Year” list. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I’m glad my interview was able to pique your interest in Mark and his novel!

    A Dribble of Ink

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