I have started reading a new book. Transfer of Power, by Vince Flynn. I have never read anything by him before so let’s hope this is good. Book review soon.
“If you’re going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.” That is the quote that is on the cover of Jeff Zentner debut novel The Serpent King. The Serpent King is the story of three high school seniors doing their senior year, and the things they must deal with from family, college, and themselves. The novel is told from three main characters Dill, Lydia, and Travis point of view.
The story starts off and end with Dill, who is the main character out of the three, and it tell the story of his family. Dill comes from a line of snake handle preacher. His dad was one, and his dad’s dad was one. Dill father is currently in prison for a hideous crime. Out of all the three, Dill must have the most uphill climb out of all the characters. His struggles with his family, his story was the one that I related to most. Not all his stuff, but majority of the stuff with college. It was close to home for me. His characters make you feel as if you have known them forever.
I am not going to give much away about the book, but if you live or grew up in the south then this book is for you. The stories about hit home for they are awfully familiar. There is a part in the middle of the book that I was not prepared for, and it change the whole dynamic of the story. I know this story well. Spoiler ahead so read at your own risk.
As the story starts picking up one of the main characters is killed, and it is such a powerful and emotional scene that it completely changes the theme of the book in my eyes, about life. It shows how much life matters, and how death can bring things into perspective that we do not always understand. You also get to see how different people deal with grief when it hits close to home.
As a person who has not read many books in the last 10 years, this was one of the best ones, to dip my foot back into the water.
This is something that I never could imagine
A sense that I never knew I had.
An emotion that I never knew how to show.
I will never forget that day
When it all came to me as once,
But I am always trying to forget the day
It all came down like the Niagara Falls.
It went just as soon as it came.
It was all my fault, yet I almost blame you.
Was it something that I said,
Or was it my actions towards the unknown.
All I can say is that I was wrong.
You held me when I was down, even though you were down.
I was evil,
Yet you were kind.
I was need,
And you gave me your heart.
One day I hope to right this wrong,
And have you back in our home.
Deep down I know it cannot be.
There was an angel needed, and you were the one to answer that call.
Now I just wait and prey, hoping that feel me giving my heart to you.
Worried, tired, stress, and the unknown. Those words are similar in some from or way, but that is how I have been feeling lately. I don’t quite understand why that is, but I feel like something is missing or that I am going to fail. There is a bunch of stuff that is going on in the world, but I don’t understand how I should feel.
My life has and is changing at the moment, and I am not sure that I can handle it. Most of it is my doing, but a lot of it i don’t have control of at the moment, and I don’t understand. I am worried about everything, but what I should be worried about. That is just life I guess. I can never see the positive in almost anything, I can only see the negative and how it is going to affect me.
I don’t really know what to say really. The only thing that I can say is that the unknown is starting to come to the light and I don’t how to adjust to it. That is something that we all go through. If we are honest with ourselves life is full of the unknown, and that is what makes it great I think. That is also what makes it scary to deal with. I should have a lot of free time on my had, but If you know me I do not. There is still a lot of things that what to do, but I don’t really know how.
This is not going to be a long thing, but I think this is the time to explore, and get to doing things that you have wanted to do for a while. There is no excuse and the unknown is about to be part of the known.