Monday, July 21, 2008
Snuffles the Dragon here. Deej over there, apparently on "request" from a reader, wants me to talk about some novel or other for some Blog Tour or other, and I was right at a cliffhanger (will Miaka and Tamahome ever get back together?), so I'm a little grumpy.
The book on tour is none other than Donita K. Paul's DragonLight, volume 5 of the Compound Nouns that Start with Dragon Series. I understand that the first volume of the CNTSWD* saga was the first ever volume featured on the Blog Tour, so as our good Lord Vader might say, now the circle is complete. After this, the Blog Tour will automatically self-destruct.
So, if you want to know about Donita K. Paul, DragonLight, CNTSWD, and other cool stuff, you might slide your pants** on over to the official Donita K. Paul blog. You might also check out the official Donita K. Paul website, which as far as author websites go is totally sweet.***
And when I say totally sweet, I mean cool...er, I think I have that backwards. I mean, her website even has games. How many author websites have games? The present one doesn't. Of course, the present website doesn't have a published author either, and no, Deej, your two little short stories in e-zines don't count.
So what have we got on this whole Tour thing? Well, on the one hand, we have The Lina Lamont Fan Club, where you can not only learn who the heck Lina Lamont is, but you can also see a link to a free sample chapter of DragonLight so you can decide if you want to buy the whole book. You can also see a dire warning that your present blog host is Catholic. The warning, I notice, is specifically aimed at women, but I assure you that women have nothing to fear from the Deej: I think the last time he even actually saw an actual woman in three dimensions was in '97.**** I, on the other hand, collect them as a hobby.
Also, check out the interview with Donita K. Paul at Figments of Imagination. The title of that blog makes me wonder: did the blogger really interview Paul or just make it up? In the interview, Paul discusses her writing process, which consists of the Theodore Sturgeon Method: just make it up as you go. (At least I think that was the Sturgeon method, but I might have made that up.)
I'm having a tad bit of trouble finding a book review on any of the tour sites (presumably, the reviews will appear in the next few days), except at WORD Up!, where the review reads suspiciously like a blurb from the novel's back. I don't trust any reviewer who tells me I'm going to experience anything "as never before." I've been around the block a few times and don't run into "as never before" stuff very often.
Oh, my bad. I guess that actually is from the novel's back. The real review appears below that, where it says "A non-Christian audience will not only be entertained, but also receive a basic education in Christian theology without being preached at." Hmm. Entertaining Christian theology without preaching...yep, I believe that sentence has enough paradox to destroy the universe.
And while I'm on the subject, what's with dragons and compound nouns anyway? We've got Dragonheart, Dragonswan, Dragonlance, loads of compounded Dragonriders of Pern novels...sheesh. Maybe I should change my name to DragonSnuffles.
I'm not going to use one of Deej's stupid jokes as I introduce the other members of the Blog Tour (those who participated in the first ever Blog Tour have an asterisk, not to be confused with my copious footnotes, which appear below):
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
* Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
* Shannon McNear
* Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
* Cheryl Russel
* Steve Trower
*Hey Deej, put that acronym in your pipe and smoke it!
**"Slide your pants" is my cool new phrase for navigating between web pages. I expect it to become a major part of on-line lingo within the next week.
***"Totally sweet" is my cool new phrase for stuff that's totally sweet. I expect it to become a major part of totally sweet lingo within the next six months.
****I was reading this aloud as I edited, and Deej shouted from the other side of the living room, "That's not true! There were women characters in the last 3D movie I saw!" Pathetic.