1. Truth is Stranger than Fiction. I can usually draw a few parallels to my own life from any given story, but I didn’t have to look far this time. The story’s set-up read like a synopsis of my own teen years. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 14, and soon after, we moved across the state to what seemed to me the most desolate place on Earth. Hadyn and Ewan’s struggle to come to terms with their loss and their isolation in a new town brought back a lot of memories.
2. The Name Game. Briggs seems to have had a lot of fun naming people and places in his world, and the names are often symbolic or allegorical. See how many you can find.
3. “You’re a Heretic!” “No, You Are!” The color-coded Abbeys experience ecumenical tensions similar to those found in our world. The White Abbey maintains a legalistic focus on the Book of Names and its associated doctrinal writings. The mystical Black Abbey concentrates on spirituality evidenced by physical manifestations of power. The pragmatic Grey Abbey strives for simplicity and harmony in day-to-day living. Each faction doubts the orthodoxy of the other two.
4. Grins. Two laugh-out-loud moments for me. Hadyn and Ewan are introduced as hailing from the New Land of Misery, and a boastful bard with a talent for swordplay carries a cursed sword that is poetic justice itself.
5. Cool Website. Mr. Briggs has a website for the book that showcases a lot of interesting background info and a few multimedia goodies. Check it out.
Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at some comments about The Book of Names from my colleagues on the CSFF Blog Tour.
For more commentary on The Book of Names, please visit these other fine stops on the CSFF Blog Tour:
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Alice M. Roelke
Rachel Starr Thomson
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