Tuck by Stephen Lawhead

I can’t believe it is tour time already.  It really snuck up on me this time.  We’re looking at Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead

From Amazon:

King Raven has brought hope to the oppressed people of Wales–and fear to their Norman overlords. Along the way Friar Tuck has been the stalwart supporter of King Raven–bringing him much-needed guidance, wit, and faithful companionship.

Filled with unforgettable characters, breathtaking suspense, and rousing battle scenes, Stephen R. Lawhead’s masterful retelling of the Robin Hood legend reaches its stunning conclusion in Tuck. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead’s trilogy conjures up an ancient past while holding a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.

Deceived by the self-serving King William and hunted by the treacherous Abbot Hugo and Sheriff de Glanville, Rhi Bran is forced to take matters into his own hands as King Raven. Aided by Tuck and his small but determined band of forest-dwelling outlaws, he ignites a rebellion that spreads through the Welsh valleys, forcing the wily monarch to marshal his army and march against little Elfael.

While I don’t necessarily subscribe to the thought that everything that Lawhead touches is golden, he is definitely a talented author and this book will not disappoint. 

This should definitely be on your to-read list if you like Robin Hood (the legent) and have read the previous two books in the series: Hood and Scarlet. 

 

Don’t forget, there are lost of other people talking about this book!
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Keanan Brand
Rachel Briard
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Terri Main
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

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Blaggard's Moon Part 2

To be honest, the cover of this book doesn’t inspire me, not in the slightest.  The cover is so boring.  It’s a giant moon over top the water, with what looks like a toy boat sillohette.  It’s a very obvious photo manipulation, and it’s not terrible… but it’s certainly not interesting.

Whatever happened to the days of cover art?  Why are the majority of publishers going with plane jane photo manipulations?  I understand that it’s cheap, and that they can probably get their graphic designer to whip it up in about an hour… but I’m so tired of seeing it!  Even the back cover of this book is more interesting than the front!  It looks like a beat up piece of parchment (actually, it looks like it belongs to The Legend of the Firefish, which was a much nicer cover) , with a drawing of a large ship on it, with some beautiful scrollwork on it.  I mean, the front does use a nice font, and I like the little scrolly bit under the title… but that’s about it.  I just feel like Harvest House Publishers could have done a much better job with this one. 

Or maybe I’m just not the target market – Kitten loves this book and talks about the moon and the boat every time she sees it.  She brings it to me and says “MOOOOOON!!!  BOAT!!!” every time.  Sometimes, she’ll come in to my room when I’m sleeping and try to give me the book to read.  So I suppose there is some appeal, I guess I would have liked it better had it been an illustrated moon and boat than this photo manipulation.

The inside of the book is nicely done.  It has little wheels near the numbers, with a tiny bit of scroll-work there as well.  The title of the chapter had a watermarked moon behind it (nice touch), and is the pretty, piratey font that is on the front of the book.  The overall layout of the pages make it really easy to read, even when your 20 month old tries to grab the book from you.

I think I would recommend this book to people who enjoy books about pirates and Christians, and especially those who have read the Trophy Chase Trilogy.

Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka

I’ve been fortunate to receive a copy of Blaggard’s Moon by George Bryan Polivka.   It’s part of the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour this month, so we’re going to look at this book for a post or three.  I’m not finished reading it, so I can’t give you my “final thoughts”, but I will tell you that thus far, at half-ways point, it’s pretty darn good. 

Blaggard’s Moon is a high seas adventure, told with an interesting twist.  We find Smith Delaney (of Trophy Chase Trilogy fame) awaiting certain death, but recalling his life and the events that led up to his current predicament.  This is a tale of true people wronged, love gone awry, greed and sacrifice.  Delaney must face himself, and God, before the end. 

Like I said, I’m about half way in.  I haven’t read any further in the Trophy Chase Trilogy, but I have to say that The Legend of the Firefishwas a little ham-fisted in it’s effort to get you to understand the message/morale of the story.  I don’t think that the author could have been any more blunt (or preachy) to stop the story and say “look, this is what you’re supposed to understand”.  Blaggard’s Moonis a far cry from that sort of obviousness.  Perhaps it will come up in the end, but if I’ve made it this far and not been put off by it, that is a good sign.  I feel like this time Polivka wrote a story in which Christians live, but not a story about how to be a good Christian.  For me, I want my fiction to be about a story (regardless of the religious affiliation within the story), and I’ll read non-fiction if I need something about theology. 

I’m finding the characters likeable in this one.  There is a fairly strong female role in it that I enjoy reading about, although I feel slightly less interested in some of the other portions, but I am interested in seeing how the woman gets caught up with everyone else. 

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about the book right at this moment (although I would like to talk a bit about the cover art and the inside of the book tomorrow or Wednesday).  Please take a look at what some of the other people on the tour have to say! 😀

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

Blog Tour Day 2

Hmmm… Time is really flying by! I had intended on doing these really great blog posts but have been instead riding bikes around Hawaii and snorkeling. Who knew! Anyway, this list of wonderful people have much better things to tell you, I am sure… and I’m also pretty sure that they’re not typing from a mini keyboard with a misplaced apostrophe. Just sayin’.

Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Rachel Briard
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Shane Deal
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Magma
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
Wade Ogletree
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Alice M. Roelke
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Jill Williamson

Once I’m done the book (and on a computer with a real keyboard), I will get a proper review of this book up… promise!

CSFF Blog Tour – Cyndere's Midnight by Jeffrey Overstreet

Aloha my friends!  Poolside greetings from Hawaii!  This month we are looking at Cyndere’s Midnight, which is a really fantastic book by Jeffrey Overstreet.  This is a follow up to Auralia’s Colors, which we looked at a few months ago.

I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’m really enjoying it.  I had planned on reading while Kitten slept on the plane, but SURPRISE!  She neither slept nor left my lap, so the flight wasn’t conducive to flying (not to mention the terrible turbulence).  Anyway, if I can tear myself away from VH1 (Trashality TV!  Love!) long enough, it won’t take me long to finish it!

For now, please check out the following links to meet the author and view what kind of results the book is getting on Amazon.
Cyndere’s Midnight


Jeffrey Overstreet’s Web site

Jeffrey Overstreet’s blog


Jeffrey Overstreet at Facebook

CSFF Blog Tour – Lost Genre Guild

The Lost Genre Guild is a website that promotes the Christian Speculative Fiction (generally grouping fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc. together, all coming from a Christian world view)… a genre that is not well represented in our local Christian Bookstores.  Their goal is to connect authors, readers, publicists and buyers who are all involved in Christian Speculative fiction in one way or another. 

At the website you can browse book reviews, peruse the bookshelves (which feature books by the LGG members), and access resources for both aspiring authors and fans alike.  It’s a really great website to see what is out there for Christian Speculative fiction. 

I’m not a terribly informed reader in this regard.  I don’t read a lot of Christian fiction because I don’t know where to begin (other than what comes around on this tour!).  I should probably delve a little deeper into this website to see if anything grabs my interest.  You can visit the other websites listed below to see what other, more informed, people are saying.  A number of the participants on the tour are indeed writing in this genre, and will have more in-depth and relevant things to say about the website… especially from an author or members point of view. 

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Courtney
Frank Creed
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Joleen Howell
Jason Isbell
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Lost Genre Guild
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Mirtika
Hanna Sandvig
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Phyllis Wheeler
Timothy Wise

CSFF Blog Tour – Shade by John Olson

I can’t believe this blog tour is here already.  I got this book a week or three ago (seriously, time is NOT my friend right now… the days blend together) and it lived in my kitchen for a while.  I wasn’t really inspired to read it, but that was because I had forgotten what it was about when I ordered it.  So it sat while I read sub-par chick-lit and regrettable fantasy.  I’m kind of bummed out that I let it sit for so long!  It’s a really great story.  I’m only on page 208, so that means I’m not done yet (and thus won’t give a full review), but I am really enjoying it.

I know that it’s supposed to be a frightening book, and I do find it suspenseful, but I don’t find it as scary as some others might be finding it.  I’m not sure if it’s because vampires fit firmly in the “do not exist, therefore am not afraid” category for me, or if it’s because I’m not finished the book.  It could also be that after reading The Infernal by Kim Wilkins, no other book will ever frighten me again (the book is seriously awesome, although graphic, and made me sleep with the light on).  I don’t know.  But regardless of my personal scare-factor, I wouldn’t recommend this book to those of you who don’t enjoy darker, slightly more suspenseful, almost a “horror” type story (I’m look at you, Hanna).

Anyway, I would like to get back to reading the book, rather than just talking about it, so please read more about the book here, and the author (John Olson) here.  Please also visit the rest of the tour participants, as they are often more eloquent and verbose than I am. 

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Joleen Howell
Jason Isbell
Jason Joyner
Magma
Margaret
Rachel Marks
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Mirtika or Mir’s Here
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise