Friday, January 29, 2010

January Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour

Exclamation Point! In the Middle of a Sentence

Okay, actually remembering to post for the tour this time around is me, your host. Looking up from a textbook of epistemology...ugh...I notice this month's tour goes out to Andrew Peterson and his novel North! Or Be Eaten. Now, if I were a phenomenalist, I would rewrite that title as, "Do that which will produce the sense data you interpret as 'moving north,' or else experience the sense-data--followed by the immediate cessation thereof--you would interpret as 'being eaten.'" I humbly propose that the the phenomenalists be eaten first.

This is the second book in this series. The first, previously mentioned, runs under the ambitious title of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, a title I am convinced could lose at least one word without incurring major damage.

The story of this new novel follows a trio of children who find out they are actually lost royalty, and who must escape the damnable Fangs of Dang to discover their destiny. Or learn the importance of family. Or something.

Enough of me. Let's see what the other members of the Blog Tour have to say about North! Or Be Eaten. First, Momofkings gives it a glowing review, and also rips off our idea of periodically fasting from novels.

Pro Christo et Libertate is less positive:

I love zany humor as much as anybody else – I’m a big fan of Monty Python and Hank the Cowdog – but what’s the point of creating “toothy cows” and “cave blats” if you’re not trying to be stupid? A killer bunny totally fits the atmosphere of Monty Python, but a toothy cow doesn’t fit in anywhere with a story that is supposed to be an epic showdown between good and evil. I’m sorry, it just doesn’t work. I didn’t crack a single smile while reading this book. [more...]

Ouch. Well, it looks as if most of the rest of the reviews are positive. Check out Robert Treskillard, who gives it a glowing review and a thorough breakdown:

Andrew weaves the tale so brilliantly that, as an adult, I often forgot it was a YA novel—the dark parts can be really dark, and Andrew doesn’t pull his punches. [more...]

Over at Krysti's Books, Krysti offers a thoughtful meditation on a character in the novel who is physically disabled, and on her experience with real-life sufferings of others. The gist of it is, the novel teaches compassion, always a plus.

Imagination Investigation has an interview with the author.

Update: I churned out this post rather rapidly last night without much in the way of rereading and editing, and I may have thereby produced some confusion. I haven't read these books. However, I have quite a taste for series that start out humorous and serious and then grow darker after the likable characters and their silly antics have become sufficiently endearing. Sounds like part of the appeal of this series is such a move from funny to dark. That inclines me to put them on my to-read list.
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