Parts of The Muse reminded me of an old Stephen King story, The Library Policeman. I had to stop reading Stephen King after Misery because most of his books are too scary for me. Thankfully, The Muse was entertaining and thought provoking without the side of fear.
Fred Warren’s book is about a small writer’s group that is befriended by a helpful editor. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen to each member. At first good, then troubling, then scary, the friends try to figure out what is happening and whether it has any connection to their newest group member.
Theology: All good things are from God
The Muse is a good vs. evil type of book, except it’s more subtle and realistic. Sometimes we don’t recognize the good from the bad because the bad is disguised as something that we desperately want, or it’s not overtly bad at first glance. Our enemy knows our deepest desires and seeks to exploit them. So once you’ve been exploited, what then? In real life, we need to repent and turn to God. In this story, well…you have to read it to find out.
While this book is free of profanity, sex, and adult themes it might be scary for younger readers. Then again, it might not. In general, anyone who is mature enough to read the book is old enough to enjoy it.
In the afterword to the book, Fred Warren writes, “This story is about inspiration–its meaning, origins, and purpose. It also explores the idea that there’s more than one kind of inspiration, and it’s important to understand the source, nature, and ultimate effects of the creative energy we’re using.” The Muse is a creative adaptation of spiritual warfare.
I enjoyed this book and plan to read the rest in this series. Have you read it? What did you think?