September's featured book for the CSFF blog tour is Donita Paul's The Vanishing Sculptor. Donita is well-known to our tour and Christian fantasy readers for her successful series of Dragonkeeper novels.
I have to admit that The Vanishing Sculptor reads too young for me. I gave up at about page 12. I'm one of those readers who needs some intense conflict, super weird happening, heart-grabby event, snappy dialogue pretty fast. Something really quirky or dark or horrifying or exciting needs to hit me FAST, or a big odd puzzler. I don't generally go for gentler reads. And this has a gentler tone and younger aspect than I prefer. My attention span is lessening with each month, I think. Dang me.
Considering I get big, red, painful, oozy bumps on my face from reading glasses, a book has to fit the Mir-mode for me to risk facial woes, and while I like the premise of this story a lot, the tone and pace just didn't pass the "Should I risk gross scaly-itchy-oozy patches for this?" test. Sorry. I feel bad. :(
However, I think that if you have a young adult fantasy fan in your home, this might suit them to a tee. You know with Donita that you won't have something offending your youngun (or you), and there will be fantastical elements that are sure to please younger readers--talking birds and dragons and a resourceful, youthful protagonist.
Do visit Donita's blog and say hi.. And look around her site, as you'll find all sorts of stuff, including her testimony, games, and a shop to buy t-shirts and mugs with dragony stuff. And buy the book!
Visit my tourmates, please:
CSFF Blog Tour
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson
If you enjoy, write, read, or just want to support Christian SF and Fantasy with your blogging, then head over to the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour site and join up.