Worshiping Idols, “The Green God”, a Pulp Fiction Classic

Primitive man was fearful of all manifestations of power and he worshiped the natural phenomenon he could not comprehend. The powerful natural forces, such as storms, volcanoes, fire, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, landslides, extreme heat, and cold, created a tremendous impression upon the minds of man. Inexplicable things that happen in life are termed, even today as “acts of God!”

Ancient man, feeling insignificant compared to the immenseness of the earth and sky, needed to believe in something greater than himself – his belief in a deity. Nowhere was this more evident than mans interest in the night sky. It was filled to capacity with billions of stars, the sun and the moon – a representation of the almighty!

Early nomadic man worshiped the stars but as man moved to enclosed habitats so began his indoor ceremonies. Indoor ceremonies were then provided with wooden or stone idols as a representation or symbol of the chosen god who they believed protected them.

Depending upon geography, tribes and clans worshiped different gods. The mighty Mayan culture worshiped the sun god. Archeologists have recovered beautiful and sometimes terrifying, intricately carved stone idols. In parts of Africa the serpent was revered with awe and deference. The Hindu is famous for their exquisitely carved multitude of deities in white or black marble. Easter Island has its monolithic stone carvings that draw tourists annually and Asia has its share of idols in the form of jade birds and beasts. It was (and still is in some cases) believed to ward off evil influences and provide safety and security to those who own or wear them.

And so it was the perfect backdrop for the master story teller, L. Ron Hubbard who wrote “The Green God” which was published in 1934 in Thrilling Adventure magazine. This classic from the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction introduces the character Lieutenant Mahone of Naval Intelligence in a harrowing tale in his quest to recover the Green God, a stolen sacred idol. The Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege with half its quarters up in flames. As the dead pile up it is abundantly clear that the mass looting and murders will continue unless the sacred idol is returned to its rightful place in the temple. Mahone is convinced the idol is buried with the fallen General Tao Lo. His quest to restore order by returning the idol become far more deadly than he anticipated when Chinese officers want nothing more than to have him join the General eight feet under.

Hubbard, who began his writing career in the 1930s, was a well traveled man who adventured more than most and could draw upon his many experiences to churn out at an incredible pace, stories like “The Green God.”

Galaxy Press Publishing has reproduced Hubbard’s work as an exciting collection of audio books on CD, available through their website. Over 80 actors have worked on this project and as well as multi-cast, unabridged audio books, they feature 153 stories written by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1930s and 1940s in any of the several popular genres of the day – mystery, thriller, adventure, science fiction, fantasy and western.

With the resurgence of interest in the pulp fiction stories, connoisseurs of the pulp era now have access to classic stories like “The Green God.”

Five Excellent Reasons Why You Should Buy Audio Books For Children

Introduction

Attention all parents! If you want to do something positive for your children, do them a favour and read this article, it will only take you a few minutes whilst I pass on the benefit of my experience as to why you should buy audio books for children!

I have four children; three are good readers and enjoy reading. The fourth is also a fairly good reader but was never happy about being encouraged to expand her reading capacity. Reading is a big part of the school curriculum in the U.K. so I felt I needed to look for a solution! I turned to Google to solve my problem and hit on the idea of giving my daughter some audio books to listen to. This approach produced instant results in my daughter. She now appreciates that audio books and indeed traditional books are not “boring” after all. This article details several more reasons why you should buy audio books for children, detailing the benefits that audio books provide to children.

Reason 1 – Get Them Away From The TV & Computer Games

Audio books can be very entertaining and there is nothing better than providing your children with a mind stimulating alternative to the TV or their Nintendo DX for 30 minutes a day. If you have a large family like mine it also teaches them to all sit quietly, listen and concentrate on a story.

Reason 2 – Improve Their Vocabulary

Like traditional books, listening to audio books will improve a child’s vocabulary. It is helpful if you are around to explain any words they don’t understand. If you buy an audio book that can be listened to by a broad range of ages, older children can help younger children understand any of the more difficult content.

Reason 3 – Expand Their Minds

Listening to an audio book is akin to reading in that it makes your children exercise their cognitive thought processes. To make the audio book come to life we have to use our imaginations to help us visualise the story mind’s eye. All these associated thought processes will help your children to become more confident and self-assured adult in later life.

Reason 4 – Build On Their Life Experiences

Audio books can be used as a great tool for building up experience of the world in which we live. The greater the audio book experience you provide to your children the better. When children are at a young age they are able to assimilate the information they hear easily. This newfound knowledge will manifest itself in their writing and conversation.

Reason 5 – Increased General Knowledge

Buy audio books for your children and you will be providing them with a vast source of general knowledge which, at some point in the future they will be able to tap into. The earlier you start the better, as this gives your children the best possible chance to build a good level of knowledge and assimilate it. Furthermore, the fantastic thing about audio books is that they can be listened to time and time again, giving you value for money at the same time.

Conclusion

I’m sure that by now having come to the end of this article, you don’t need any more convincing about the benefits of audio books and why you should buy audio books for children. Should you need winning over, let me recap on a couple of the reasons for you. By buying audio books for your children it will help to improve their vocabulary and general knowledge, expand their minds, increase the power of their writing and get them away from the TV.

Why I Love Audio Books on CD

Once you are exposed to literature it can have a profound effect on you. The word ‘literature’ means familiarity with written letters. Throughout the course of my life I have studied and read the works of Dickens, Shakespeare and other great authors. Their work has made me appreciate the frailty of human nature as well as the reality that there are age old problems which depict quite well how the human drama unfolds.

When I was a child my parents purchased LP records which usually featured famous actors narrating or playing a part in a well known story. I cherish those memories as some of the richest ones in my life. It was my first exposure to the great classic works of literature. It was also great entertainment and provided many hours of great conversation with other family members.

Recently I was playing with my daughter and we were engaged in a sword fight straight from medieval times. As my daughter stabbed me with her plastic sword and I confronted my obvious fate I blurted out those famous lines from Hamlet. “To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Question.” What struck me about this incident was the powerful effect these words had on my daughter. She listened quite intently to those lines like a musical conductor hearing an orchestra for the first time. Since that experience she has begun listening to great stories offered on audio books on cd.

I vividly recall listening in enthusiastically as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn planned their adventures down the Mississippi. Or pondering the challenges of the Swiss Family Robinson as they were forced to learn and master the elements of survival on a deserted island. The stories were so vivid and powerful. They captured my imagination and taught me powerful moral lessons. But they were also just plain fun.

What is the best book you have ever read?
Chances are that same book is available as an audio book on cd.

While I wholeheartedly love reading books, in the past few years I have become a huge fan of audio books on cd. These books allow me to consume literature and powerful action adventures while I am driving my car or multi-tasking on some project. Besides the entertainment value they have made me appreciate how I spend my time. Where before I would just drive my car, today I can drive my car and listen to the entire works of a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Audio books on cd enrich my life in many ways.

The audio book market is a billion dollar a year market. The industry was founded in 1932 by Congress to help and assist blind to read. These programs were called the Talking Book Program and today cover every imaginable source of literature possible. There is a rich storytelling tradition embedded on audio books on cd. If you are interested in broadening your horizons and learning more I highly recommend that you start getting involved with audio books on cd.