Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This month's featured novel is Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet.
See the book's official website here.
See Jeffrey Overstreet's official blog here.
Well, yet another blog tour wraps up with The Sci Fi Catholic too lazy to post original content. Unless you've forgotten, the novel is Auralia's Colors, the author is Jeffrey Overstreet, and we've got nothing to say about it.
It looks like there's a ruckus on the blog tour, and the biggest surprise is, I didn't cause it. (I better review next month's book so I can get back my bad reputation.)
According to A Christian Worldview of Fiction, Overstreet has argued that Christians are suspicious of myth, fairy tales, and fantasy, and therefore will be unlikely to produce quality fantasy of their own in the near future. Rebecca Luella Miller, proprietor of Worldview, argues that Overstreet himself is evidence to the contrary and that Christians are comfortable with fantasy. Personally, I think both Miller and Overstreet are over-generalizing. If you look at the Harry Potter debate, I think you will find there is neither universal suspicion nor universal love of fantasy within Christianity, but rather a sharp divide between those who hate all of it unless it has Lewis's or Tolkien's name on it and those who love all of it regardless. Heck, that's why my blog is here, to argue with both sides, telling the one to chill out and the other to show more discernment.
Here's a nice quote from Dennis Okholm to contradict Miller's assertion that Christians are generally comfortable with myth: "By the time I got to seminary the list of prohibitions was complete: Christians should stay away from dance, drink, tobacco, and myth." You can find that on the back of Matthew Dickerson and David O'Hara's From Homer to Harry Potter, a book I still strongly recommend in spite of its deficiencies.
Dance, drink, tobacco, and myth. Why, that's a list of the things I most enjoy.
Also creating some controversy is Back to the Mountains, a blog with a fine title graphic, where Steve is arguing that the character in Auralia's Colors known as the Keeper is supposed to represent God even though Overstreet himself says otherwise (P.S., read this link because it has a lengthy quote from Overstreet criticizing Christian sf and fantasy). Now again, I haven't read the book, but I've also learned that a determined Christian reviewer can make anything into God or Jesus if he tries hard enough.
Oh, the controversy!
If you blog it, they will tour:
Carol Bruce Collett
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Heather R. Hunt
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika or Mir's Here
John W. Otte