Angelology Monday, May 30 2011 

Hi Readers,

One word: Amazing!! Danielle Trussoni’s Angelology is a masterpiece and one of the best novels ever written. Never before have I been pulled into a book this way, and even better, you do not see the end coming. There might be small spoilers below…

One of the original branches of theology, angelology is achieved in the person of the angelologist, whose expertise includes both the theoretical study of angelic systems and their prophetic execution through human history.

The following is a huge passage, but I love all the names Trussoni mentions:

If we were in Paris, it would be possible to present you with concrete and insurmountable proof–you would read testimonies from witnesses, perhaps even see the photographs from the expedition. I would explain the vast and wonderful contributions angelological thinkers have made over the centuries–St. Augustine, Aquinas, Milton, Dante–until our cause would appear clear and sparkling before you. I would lead you through the marble halls to a room where the historical records are preserved. We kept the most elaborate, intricately drawn schemas called angelologies that placed each and every angel exactly in its place. Such works give the universe order. The French mind is extremely tidy–Descartes’ work is evidence of this, not the  origin–and something about these systems was extremely soothing to me. I wonder if you, too, would find them so? (116).


If there was ever a book that brought in many of my favorite subjects, it is this one. Trussoni brings in:

Religion:
Rose of Viterbo is the Catholic saint which St. Rose Convent is named for. Depending on the source, there are different possibilities as to how she died. Here is one in particular: She began hearing voices at a young age and those voices told her to “speak the word.” The townspeople thought she was nuts, so they had her burned. Legend is that she stood in the middle of the flames and did not die, but conversed with the angels protecting her. She eventually died at the stake, but people paraded her body around afterwards, supposedly, she was unscathed.

The genealogy of Jesus and the idea that Jesus was not human at all, but an angel. This idea is known as angelmorphism. This is “interesting” because most Christians believe in the hypostatic union of Christ–he is not just human and not just divine, he is both. Controversial… 😉

History:
Kanpur Massacre occurred mid-1800’s. I by no means wish to downplay it, but basically what happened is the British attacked Kanpur, India, and killed two hundred children. The author does not leave any detail untouched, quite graphic in fact. Anyway, the Kanpur Massacre is connected to Angelology because the British were led by a Nephilistic being.

The French Revolution, the Hapsburgs, and the Tudors are also brought in as Nephilistic families.

Mythology
The Watchers are mythologized in the Greek legend of Prometheus, and various other mythologies are introduced. But I think I’ll leave this research up to you. There’s no fun in being told everything, and lots of fun in the investigation. 🙂

Geography:
Central to the conflict is the location of the Fallen. The Greeks call it Dyavolskoto Gurlo, or “the Devil’s Throat” or, in Old Bulgarian it is called Gyaurskoto Butlo, or “Infidel’s Prison.” It is a deep cave in the Rhodope Mountains, southeastern Europe (southern Bulgaria and Greece).

Philosophy:
Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine’s views on the role of angels in the universe. Kind of Philosophical, but leaning more toward a Biblical reference is Enoch, who also makes an appearance. His 7 Heavens can be found here.

In the novel, angelic hierarchies are called the First Sphere, the Second Sphere, the Third Sphere, and the Heavenly Choir. These twelve hierarchies are divided in four orders, or spheres. I thought this was incredibly fascinating–there was no particular set of themes to be established, certain characters held the focus.

Readers, I was forced to do some math. I am here to say, I am an English major–you do the math. In any case, they are giving measurements called cubits for a male nephilim on pg. 228:
The cubit is a measurement of length used by early civilizations. It is the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow.
Biblical system: 1 cubit=21.8 inches = 1.82 feet
Arms–2.01 cubits= 43.82 in.= 3.7 ft.
Legs–2.88 cubits= ? 62.78 in.= 5.2 ft.
Head circumference–1.85 cubits= 40.33 in.= 3.4 ft.
Chest circumference–2.81 cubits= 61.26 in.= 5.1 ft.
Feet–0.76 cubits= 16.57 in.= 1.4 ft.
Hands–0.68 cubits= 14.82 in.= 1.2 ft.
Scary. Keep in mind that the Nephilim are about 30% larger than the average human. Seven feet tall is their average height. Does that mean certain athletes can be nephilistic? That would suck. 😉

Danielle Trussoni created a music playlist that goes along with her novel. Click here to view the list because it is so worth viewing and listening to–I love it. And! This is a pretty cool site–oh so helpful. 🙂

Keith Donohue, author of The Stolen Child and Angels of Destruction states, Angelology lets loose the ancient fallen angels to the modern world with devastating results. Trussoni has written a holy thriller that will arrest your attention from the opening pages and not let go till its mysteries take wing.

To me, this novel was…terrifyingly amazing. I’m giving it a 5 out of 5… In my mind, 6 out of 5, but you know it is all good. 🙂

The last hundred pages or so are a complete rollercoaster. The ending is a cliffhanger. I sat there, speechless… so, to satisfy my need to know, I did a bit of research. Ladies and Gentlemen, there’s going to be a sequel titled, Angelopolis. I really want a deeper understanding of these topics… which means, it is time for Miss Nolaleigh to hit the books and articles to find out as much as I can. So… until next time…

❤ Nolaleigh

Misguided Angel & Keys to the Repository Saturday, May 21 2011 

Hi Readers,

It. Has. Been. A. While. And that being said… let us proceed. 🙂

I bring you a two-in-one post today and let me tell you, I only stopped reading for an hour, and right after that hour, it was back to the books. Although this time, these books are not necessarily required reading, haha. A warning to all, this post may contain spoilers.

Misguided Angel

“The Silver Bloods were in cahoots with… humans? She felt sick. It didn’t make sense.
Nothing did.” (153)

Misguided Angel starts off, for the most part, where we left Schuyler and Jack–in Europe, off the Italian coast. Quite honestly, this particular book was not as good as its predecessors. It was great, but there was something missing from it that was quite present in the first four. I can’t peg it down though. Through much of the action, it felt like Melissa de la Cruz was distracted.

In any case, Misguided Angel is divided up into sections and the chapters within said sections: 1) Schuyler Van Alen and the Gate of Promise; 2) Mimi Force, Regent of the Coven; 3) Deming Chen, Mercy-Killer; 4) Forks in the Road.  The fourth section is split between Schuyler, Mimi, and Deming. (Deming Chen is a Venator from China who is brought over when Mimi becomes certain she won’t be able to find the Blue Blood murderer on her own).

It was so nice to see Mimi as a decent being to Oliver. They have a ton in common even if neither want to admit it. Granted, she is still hellishly angry with Jack–to some extent, she has every right to be… but it’s not like she wasn’t messing around too. She has gained a conscience, the quantity of human familiars she has had… well, it outnumbers almost every other Blue Blood, that’s for sure. However, if there is one theme in this novel that is heavily mentioned as regards to Mimi, it is her grief in losing Kingsley… and I can’t blame her for that.

Deming Chen is a new face. And she brings with her a new… well, new for us… breed of vampire. She is a starborn twin. Quoted from pg. 201, “It was a rare thing in the vampire world, to have a trueborn sibling. Starborn twins were two halves of the same person, made from the same empyrean star that split and produced two spirits instead of one and were identical in every aspect… Starborn vampires usually lived out their cycles alone” because they don’t have a bondmate. Anyway, Deming is a Venator who, like Kingsley, is very good with her craft and will take whatever measures necessary to get results. And boy does she get results. This indirectly involves Deming… but Melissa de la Cruz is bringing in the Nephilim, the result of an angel and a human. My guess is that she will draw more of that particular story thread into the next book.

Misguided Angel kept me reading for a little less than four and a half hours. I liked it, but not as much as the previous four. Booklist gives a star and says, “‘De la Cruz introduces a conception of vampires far different from traditional stake-fleeing demons, coupling sly humor with the gauzier trappings of being fanged and fabulous.'” I’d say keep an eye out for Lost in Time, the sixth novel in the Blue Bloods series. I give Misguided Angel a 2.5/3 out of 5. It brings a bit more explanation to the overall story, but I feel it was at more of stand still in regard to plot development.

Keys to the Repository

“The following documents you are about to read contain top secret and classified information concerning the history of the Blue Bloods” (7)

True to this quote, the book gives loads of background information. Keys to the Repository is a companion book to the Blue Bloods series and was great to read. It took me about three and a half hours to finish and Blue Bloods 1-5 are clearer than ever. Keys to the Repository outlines the Family Records for the Van Alen, Force, Llewellyn, and Off-Coven families. Also explains the Venator Records, and the Fallen Brethren: House of the Morningstar. This book deals with many other parts of the Blue Bloods series, but I can’t give EVERYTHING away… now can I? 😉

However… there was one part dealing with Dylan Ward… it broke my heart. He’s such a great character–reminds me of some of my friends from school–dark clothing and brooding, but a complete sweetie. I was so sad when he was killed–not cool de la Cruz, not cool.

Long story short, I can’t say much about this particular book because the point of reading it is to better understand the worlds of our beloved Blue Bloods. 🙂 This is the first companion book I’ve ever read, so, I’m giving Keys to the Repository a 5 out of 5. I respect Melissa de la Cruz so much–being able to create a world that detailed is amazing. 🙂

Until next time my dear readers.

❤ Nolaleigh

P.S. Another Blue Bloods companion book just came in at the library. I’m so excited! 🙂

April’s Top 10 Countdown Saturday, May 14 2011 

Hi Readers,

I am late… again. I had this post started and then didn’t post it. My apologies. Good news first, I am through with my junior year of college and into summer vacation. This means… reading and blog posts! So, you know the drill. 🙂 Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Bossypants by Tina Fey
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
2. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. The Search by Nora Roberts
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Happy Reading!

❤ Nolaleigh

P.S. I’ve finished two books. There’s book reviews coming your way. 🙂