If God were a scientist: a review of Prophet of Bones

Prophet of BonesWith the debate over gay marriage raging in the news lately, Prophet of Bones (out tomorrow) fits right in.

OK, so this new book isn’t about homosexuality. At all. But it is about a coming together of religion and science, which is the kind of open-mindedness we need to be more receptive to. In other words, you could believe this and I could believe that, and it would be ALL RIGHT. The world wouldn’t end.

Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka — who, as it happens, is a very talented writer at video game company Valve (and if you’re not a gamer, please don’t let that affiliation negatively sway your decision to read this book) — isn’t about a doomsday event, either. But it is about the creation of Earth and answering crazy questions like, what if God made two Adams?, and, what if Darwin is totally wrong and we’re all the product of intelligent design?

Basically, it’s about a scientist’s discovery of a divergent human species — one that came into existence at the same time as our ancestors but isn’t a part of the same family tree. Their very bones reveal the truth that God was, well, playing “god” with his favorite creatures: mankind.

So, we’re not special. Not like we think.

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Awesome book cover Friday: The Night Circus

The Night Circus already has a pretty cover, but check it out in Japanese.

The Night Circus Japanese

And yes, it’s real.

Here’s an English description of the book:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway — a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love — a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been lining up some great articles to share with you guys. I have about three announcements (at least) if all goes well, but one step at a time.

I do want to share a huge piece I did that was featured both on GamesBeat and on the pop top of VentureBeat as an editor’s pick: my study on social gaming “whales.”

I’m also currently reading an advanced copy of Prophet of Bones, which comes out in early April.

And don’t forget to think of some questions for Marta Acosta (the She-Hulk Diaries author) because I have both a guest blog and an interview with her on the way. We’d love to include your questions.

What’s going on with all of you? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Any cool books or links you’ve come across lately?