Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thoughts on The Shadow and Night

I had to chime in a little more on the blog tour for The Shadow and Night by Chris Walley. I confessed on Sunday that I had only read about 125 pages, so I couldn't give an accurate review of the whole book. I wanted to see what people were saying about the book before I opened my mouth and filled it with shoe leather (doesn't sound filling this week).

I'm glad that I did. It seems a lot of people really enjoyed the book. One of the major things from other blog posts and the comments to my first post is that, yes the book may start slow, but around page 150 it really picked up. So I've determined to read a little farther to see if I can get into it.

In my last post I listed all of my CSFF colleagues for your linkage pleasure. Today there are three that I'd like to highlight.

Author Christopher Hopper had a thoughtful review that discussed both positive and negative aspects, without total gushing or bashing. Also check out the comments to this link, as he's kind enough to answer a question of mine about catching a reader quick versus a slow burn.

John Otte gave a great primer on end times and millennialism, as this is a major foundation for the plot. A good quick overview even for those just curious about the various types of end times views out there. In other posts he discusses his review and ideas about sin brought up by the book. Well worth reading.

CSFF's other John, John Ottinger (what are the odds?), gives a very positive review of the book and makes a case in support of the book's slower start.

I wish I could've participated more, both in having read the book as well as having time to check out other blogs. Like I said, I'm going to give the book a little more time to see if I can get into it. I will say that I'm not enamored by his writing style, but perhaps when the conflict really takes off I will see the intensity of the trouble for main characters Merral and Vero, which seems to be a really big part of what others like. Perhaps I can add a follow up post later on.

My one other comment has also been repeated elsewhere in the tour. The book is listed as "A Fantasy in the Tradition of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien." I found this quite misleading and presumptuous, as 1. it is not a fantasy, and 2. I don't think it is fair or accurate to suggest this book is to the level of Lewis or Tolkien. Not a turn off for me, but hopefully the marketers will be a little more thoughtful in this aspect in the future.

If you're curious, please go to my last post and check out others' posts on this book!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind words back, Jason. Glad it was a help, and hope it is to your readers. Again, they're just my opinions, but I think legitimate at least to some extent.

    Will be sure to check out the other links you listed. Thanks for putting together a great post!