#16-18 – The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller
16 – The Singer
17 – The Song
18 – The Finale
Genre: Christian Allegory, Poetry
Page Numbers: 495 pages for the three books together (not going to bother with the math of trying to separate the three)
The Singer – 2/26/14
The Song – 2/26/14-3/2/14
The Finale – 3/2/14-3/4/14
Plot in three lines or less: This is a beautiful recreation of the story of the New Testament from the Bible. The Singer is the story of Christ, while The Song brings us the book of Acts. The Finale lends itself to the book of Revelation. It is lyrical in its form, and at times reads like one of those great epic poems you often wish we had more of but no one can seem to recreate. Well, Calvin Miller has done it in this. Christ is The Singer, sent to sing the Star-Song to the people of Terra. They do not believe he is what he claims to be, and the Ancient World Hater sees he is destroyed on the Great Machine of Death. That does not stop him or his song though – it spreads to everyone in the world. The Singerians are hated, persecuted and even feared, but their song of love can’t be crushed. Eventually, the World Hater sets out to destroy them and Terra once and for all, and the Singer and his troops have to do all they can to stop him.
New read or re-read? A reread for all three.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, I would read all three of these again and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Favorite Line: There are too many to count, so I will leave you with only one to whet your appetite.
“The word crying does not appear in the lexicon of heaven. It is the only word listed in the lexicon of hell.”
Truly, if I were to try and give a favorite quote, I think I would end up quoting three quarters of the entire series.
Why did I pick it up? Honestly, I decided to pick it up because I knew it would be a very short read for me. (Don’t let the dates on the second book fool you – I started reading it at the end of my lunch break on the 26th, read it during the half hour I had for break on Thursday, and then didn’t pick it up again because of everything going on around me until yesterday, and it was only then because we had a snow day. If I’d concentrated some time and effort on it, it could easily have also been finished in a day.)
But now, having read it, I’m glad I picked it up now, here that the Lent & Easter season are upon us.
Other Notes? My first experience with this series was one summer when I was very young, maybe 6 or 7. I was at a summer camp somewhere, and during reading time, our teacher read us passages from The Singer every day until we were finished the book. It captivated me, and I always remembered how beautiful it was, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I actually found the book again (hiding on the back of my parents’ bookshelf to be honest). I swiped it for my bookshelf and have read it fairly regularly ever since. I knew there were three books in the trilogy, but never knew how or where to find them. From there, it moved on to, “I’d like to get them some day, but can’t justify the money.”
Then a friend of mine let me borrow his copy of the trilogy a few summers ago, so I got to read the second two for the first time, and I truly enjoyed them, though they don’t quite capture the magic of the first book. Then there was a few years in between, and I actually forgot how good the three of them are when you read them together. And that friend of mine found a cheap copy of the trilogy on sale on Amazon last Christmas and thought to get me a copy as a Christmas present. And I am very grateful for it, and thankful to have it for my collection. And I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed the second two much more this time around.
Grand Total: 73-75