The Hatching (The Hatching #1) ☆☆☆☆½ DNF@20%

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Title: The Hatching
Series: The Hatching #1
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Rating: 0.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Horror
Pages: 353/ DNF@20%
Format: Digital Edition



DNF’d at roughly 20%


My Thoughts:

I dnf’d this for the usual reason of the inclusion of homosexuality. That being said, before that I was “this” close to pulling the trigger and dnf’ing it anyway. This was laced with profanity, the majority of the characters were either having affairs, had affairs or were considering affairs and generally speaking, everyone involved was a scumbag. If killer spiders were about to consume the entire world, I wouldn’t shed a tear for a single one of these people.

It got me thinking though. I am tired of dnf’ing books because of objectionable content as it simply wears down my soul and I feel tired and worn out from just trying to simply believe what is true. Books like this degrade that and I’ve come to realize that it is not enough to simply dnf a book or avoid an author that espouses perversions as normal.

Reading non-fiction has always been one of the hardest things for me. But to combat the constant degradation of my spirit I will be starting to rotate in non-fiction into my regular reading schedule. It probably means that the months I read a non-fiction book my overall book numbers will go down as I won’t be racing through them. Which will mean less overall posts. I doubt that these non-fiction books will appeal to the majority of those who follow me, which is why I’m giving you all the heads up.

Right now I’ve got several books by Ellen White (the un-official founder of 7th Day Adventism), C.S. Lewis (a lay, ie, non-ordained, theologian) and the Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn, in 3 parts. These three authors will be a test run for the next 2 years to see if I can handle a steady diet of non-fiction every couple of months.

I realize this “review” has pretty much turned into more of an announcement post and I thank you for your time and understanding.



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50 thoughts on “The Hatching (The Hatching #1) ☆☆☆☆½ DNF@20%

  1. Good luck with the whole non-fiction thing. I know how tough that is. I had a goal last year to read one non-fiction book a month and I ended up reading, like, two the whole year so keep pushing through when those authors keep rambling. 🙂

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  2. Whoa, definitely not a book for me. I appreciate your honest review. Better luck on your next. I’m actually very interested in what non-fiction you read. I love reading non-fiction occasionally. 😉

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  3. I am reading more and more nonfiction as I get older.

    Not to say that I don’t keep up a stream of urban fantasy (your favorite genre! 🙂 ), but it’s not the steady diet it was 10-15 years ago. And I’ve pretty much abandoned most epic fantasy – it’s too long and involved for me now.

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    1. Yeah, we’ll have to see if I follow the same trajectory. Even this is a huge change, as I was always extremely happy with just 2 non-fiction books a year. Moving up to 5-6 and making it a regular thing is something very new for me.


    1. Thanks. This is a big, for me, change and we’ll see how it pans out longterm. But something has to change because I can’t keep doing this (reading stuff that is absolutely against everything I believe in).

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  4. Nothing wrong with announcement posts! You already gave an informative assessment, as the way I see it, “objectionable content” is a perfectly good reason to DNF. You’re not missing much anyway, the trilogy goes downhill after book 1.

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  5. Yay! I, for one, am thrilled that you’re going to be rotating in non-fiction. I need to read more of it myself. If you like history, David McCullough and Christopher Hibbert are two authors that write well and have well-researched content. Barbara Tuchman is another. However, even though people equate non-fiction with being “true” I still find there are writers who like to sensational stories and put forward theories to that effect. And I try to avoid them so sadly, you might be having to ‘avoid’ in non-fiction as well. In any case, good for you! May your adventure be fruitful!!

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    1. I rather dislike history 🙂 So that won’t be entering into things as much. Of course, I guess the Gulag Archipelago counts as history now doesn’t it?
      But mainly it will be theological books, both light and serious.

      And those sensational “history” books. Man, don’t even get me started. I would gladly throttle authors who purport to be writing fact but pretty much write their own story without letting the reader know what is real and what is the authors fevered imagination.

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      1. I’M not fond of the modern theological books but if you find a good one, please let me know. I do like Chesterton, Nouwen, Schmemann …. You “might” be interested in the book “25 Books Every Christian Should Read” Dumb title and I was very sceptical at first but their list of books goes chronologically and I think they’ve chosen some excellent ones. They’re not all non-fiction though, some are novels. In any case, we’ll work with you on your history-phobia … 😉

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        1. Any particular reason you aren’t fond of modern theological works? But don’t worry, I’ll work with you on fixing that 😉

          Thanks for the list. I looked at the authors bio on amazon and I have to admit, now I’m VERY skeptical. Words like ecumenical, mysticism, alternative orthodoxy, all make me leery. I might try to find the list of books they talk about and just pick and choose from that.

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          1. I find, like other literary areas, that they are often more conscious of if their book is going to sell, rather than being convicted by their philosophy. And as I’m referring to authors with a Protestant background, I think they are often short-sighted and leave out much value if they would only broaden their perspective. And the vernacular which comes out of a Christian culture often sounds weird and is perhaps only accessible by another person from the same culture. That said, I will keep an open mind, so fix away. I can be convinced by clear, reasonable arguments. 😉

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            1. I guess I should have prefaced my question with “what do you call modern?”

              Good luck with getting clear, reasonable arguments from me. It’ll be nothing but hellfire, brimstone and damnation!! 😉

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  6. Better to DNF than suffering through a book. I have stopped reading 2 books due to the fact that I just cant get into them yet. Do not know if they are going to become dnfs or if i am going to retry…

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    1. Yeah, my non-fiction will be on the other end of the theological spectrum from most of what you noted there.,
      And if you disagree, I will solve our problem by punching you in the nose because I grew up in the United States 😉
      (I’d try to make more joke references to your books but it’s been a long day and that was the best one so I let it go free)

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      1. I had not expected anything else.

        Since you’re interested in the Gulag, I’d recommend Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shamalov. Short autobiographical stories from the camps. Translated to English just last year. I’m about halfway, brilliant stuff. Heavy & long though, so it might not be something for the avarage American.

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        1. I’m full up on Russian stuff, so I’ll probably pass. Once I’m done Dickens I’ve got completed works of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and a work or two by Gogol.


  7. Hi there! I am visiting your blog via Cleo’s. I am totally on board with your assessment. It is why I rarely read any book that is a “best seller”. Being popular makes you Homecoming Queen, it doesn’t make you a quality person, Same with books.

    Have you tried biography of the Presidents? There’s some good ones out there. I’m also getting into WWI and WWII history which is quite fascinating. I just finished The Nazi Hunters. Here’s my review if you’re interested.

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    1. Hi Sharon,
      I’m not a big history fan, so if theological and philosophical works don’t do it for me, I’ll have to find some area of history that I have even the faintest interest in and try to enter that way. Thank you for your suggestion.

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  8. I haven’t YET read any of them myself, but Very Short Introductions series by Oxford University Press might be something you’ll want to look into for non-fiction. All of them are under 200 pages and cover anything you can think of from a period in history to mathematics (in general to various facets of it) to all sorts of sciences to every world religion (maybe the major divisions of Christianity as well) and even Nothing (seriously there is a book on Nothing according to Amazon).

    Chances are you’ll be able to get them through your local library because there are a lot of them. So even if you don’t like history, a less than 200 page book on some subject of history might be bearable for you. Just want to let you know.

    P.S.– Ellen White is a co-founder with husband James and Joseph Bates, without anyone of those three there is no Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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    1. I like people getting eaten by “creatures”, so any time that is the plot of a book, it tends to sell it to me. I can totally understand the spiderthing though.
      I’m the same way with gophers 😉

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  9. This was actually the first book I won on Goodreads through their giveaway function too hahahah I haven’t read it yet because I feared that the characters might be too unidimensional and uninteresting. Seems like I wasn’t too far off in my impressions.

    Good luck with the adventure through non-fiction. I do hope that it will work for the better.

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    1. Thanks. I’m still trying to nail down a bunch of nonfiction, as I just want a boatload to try out. Once I’ve gotten into the habit I’ll probably start sorting out what works and what doesn’t for me.

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