November 12th, 2008

A Pocket Full of Murder

REVIEW: "Auralia's Colors" by Jeffrey Overstreet

It's really hard to review a book when you know the author of said book is looking over your shoulder. Not that Mr. Overstreet wasn't nice about it, but if you aren't 100% in love with the book, it can be... awkward.

Anyway, to the review. Auralia's Colors, published by Waterbrook Press, is the first fantasy released by a specifically Christian publisher that I have read in quite some time. However, I kept hearing good things about it, so when I came across it accidentally while browsing through Chapters with megancrewe a couple of months ago, I decided to pick it up.

When I started reading the book I could tell right off the bat, even if I hadn't heard rumors of this already, that author Jeffrey Overstreet shares some of my own favorite books and influences -- specifically Patricia A. McKillip and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. The rich, lyrical tone of the language Overstreet uses is definitely McKillipesque, and the world he creates blends the transcendent, the mysterious, the humble and the grotesque in a way that's reminiscent of Peake. Still, even if the influences are evident I was pleased to note that the setup of Overstreet's fantasy world didn't strike me as overly derivative of other classic fantasy works -- Overstreet does have his own fertile imagination and his book reflects that.

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Oh, and one last thing in the books' favor: the covers are utterly gorgeous. And they're trade paperbacks, so not that expensive if you feel like giving them a try.
A Pocket Full of Murder

Tweets for Today

  • 11:09 Pre-registration for kindergarten today. Except my littlest wouldn't respond to the screener, having come over all shy. Oh, well. #
  • 14:06 read Auralia's Colors: The Red Strand #
  • 14:20 Good news from the UK. Looking promising for KNIFE's wide release... can't guarantee people will love it, but they can at least FIND it. #
  • 20:11 @skutir : Are you going to share those insights? #
  • 20:53 read Shadowed Summer #
  • 20:58 read Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception #
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