Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Speaking of novels featured in the CSFF blog tours:
While SHADE by John Olson had some flaws, notably in the characterization of the principal females, I still enjoyed the novel and want to read the follow-up, POWERS. (I like this cover better than SHADE's, with the nice swirl of colors and creepy bayou-hooded figure thing.) Doesn't look like our homeless hero shows up as per the blurb (unless he's the prophet). We shall see. I liked Melchi.
It releases in December, so says amazon.
Anyone else gonna read this?
Here's the blurb from the publisher's site, and if you go there, you can watch a short promo video and read a chapter:
“Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”
Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.
Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.”
The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?
That's got my interest piqued!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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.