Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour

I'm fresh back from an archaeology session and discover that because I had the computer with me, Lucky couldn't do her Monday news post.  Oops.

But that's okay because it's the week of the monthly blog tour, and I'm just in time to catch the tail end of it, which means I can post one what everyone else has written without going through the trouble of creating any content myself. Yay, me.

This month, the book of choice is The Monster in the Hollows, book 3 of the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. You can see the book's website and Peterson's website.

Now let's tour the tour:

Joan's book blog has a lengthy summary of the plot (including spoilers, so beware), though it appears to be written for those who've read the prequels because I didn't understand what she was on about. She also adds an allegorical interpretation of the plot. A briefer summary for the newcomer can be found at Spoiled for the Ordinary.

Donita K. Paul explains her mixed feelings about the fact that the Wingfeather Trilogy has gone all Wheel of Timeand turned into the Wingfeather Saga with a planned, previously unplanned fourth book forthcoming.

Realm of Hearts gives us a biography of the author.

Shannon McDermott gives an interesting meditation on the subject of making characters suffer. The general wisdom, of course, is that authors are supposed to torture their characters for the sake of plot, but as McDermott points out, if this is overdone, it can turn into melodrama or turn characters into Shinji-like whiners. McDermott praises Peterson for making his characters suffer without making them annoying.

Yellow House News explains why it's okay for adults to like children's literature.

Pen and Parchment gives a gushing review and also shows some of the humorous illustrations from the series.

The tour:

Gillian Adams, Red Bissell, Jennifer Bogart , Thomas Clayton Booher, Beckie Burnham, CSFF Blog Tour, D. G. D. Davidson, Cynthia Dyer, Amber French, Nikole Hahn, Ryan Heart, Timothy Hicks, Jason Joyner, Julie, Carol Keen, Shannon McDermott, Rebecca LuElla Miller, Mirriam Neal, Eve Nielsen, Joan Nienhuis, Donita K. Paul, Sarah Sawyer, Chawna Schroeder, Tammy Shelnut, Kathleen Smith, Donna Swanson, Rachel Starr Thomson, Robert Treskillard, Fred Warren, Phyllis Wheeler, Nicole White, and Rachel Wyant
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