Monday, May 21, 2007

May Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog Tour

Because of the move, I can't give it the attention it deserves, but the feature site for this month's blog tour is The Sword Review, an e-zine dedicated to sf and fantasy stories and articles. They also appear to have really good cover art.

Okay, okay, I'll take time out of my busy schedule of washing windows, packing boxes, and steam-cleaning corn chip fragments (Snuffles's fault, not mine) out of the carpet in order to tell you a little bit about what I've seen at The Sword Review. Specifically, I read "Tiama--a Story of Hope" by David R. Downing. And, in fact, that's about all I read.

To be honest, it underwhelmed me. I found it "deficient in action," to steal a phrase from Ebenezer Elliott's assessment of Montgomery's World Before the Flood. "Tiama" has a kernel of a good idea, following the (miraculous?) rescue of a town being slowly buried by encroaching desert. Downing writes in the story's discussion forum that "Tiama" is loosely based on a real town fighting off sand from the Sahara. The image of sand covering civilization reminds me of J. G. Ballard's famous and surreal "The Cage of Sand," in which Martian sands bury Cape Kennedy while dead astronauts float overhead in wrecked spacecraft, but the resemblance is superficial. The primary deficiencies of "Tiama" are its lack of interesting characters and its dry narration, which sounds almost like a summary out of a history book. Besides that, the motif of a blind seer walking out of the desert reminds me of Children of Dune, and I'm afraid I simply can't give a glowing review to anything that reminds me of a Dune sequel.

For its good points, the story is a genuine and mildly inspiring look at persistence in the face of adversity, and the author's voice, while a little rough, is pleasant. So go check it out yourself.

Your blog tour: it keeps going and going and going....

Jim Black
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
April Erwin
Kameron M. Franklin
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Heather R. Hunt
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Kevin Lucia and The Bookshelf Reviews 2.0 - The Compendium
Terri Main
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Daniel I. Weaver
Russell Griffith
Jason Waguespac
Brandon Barr
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