Day 3 already? This tour has flown by like an arrow launched from a Welsh longbow. Time to lift a few “points” with (or from) some of our other merry outlaws.
You Had Me at Hardcover: Cris Jesse and I were both mightily impressed by Thomas Nelson’s classy offering of a beautiful hardback review copy of Tuck. It looks very sophisticated on my bookshelf. Margaret posted images of two different cover versions, but I think Grace Bridges has captured the essence of our beloved Friar on her webpage.
Pat, I’d Like to Buy a Vowel: Lawhead’s re-setting of the Robin Hood legend in Wales brings with it a heaping helping of musical, multi-consonanted Welsh names. Knucklehead me flipped so quickly to Chapter One, he completely missed the thoughtful pronunciation guide at the front of the book, so there was a lot of unnecessary beepity-beeping over the many conglomerations of double-f’s and l’s.
Your Mother Was a Hamster, and Your Father Smells of Elderberries: I thought Lawhead’s portrayal of the French Norman occupiers as uniformly thoughtless, obnoxious louts fell perilously close to parody, but became more balanced toward story’s end. They do say history is written by the victors…
Watch As I Put a Clothyard Shaft Through His Wishbone: Steve Rice discussed the revolutionary impact of the longbow on medieval warfare, a topic Lawhead takes some pains to elucidate in an afterward at the end of the book. Yes, a small force with superior tactics and technology, and an intelligent selection of battlefields, could, did, and will continue to win battles over numerically-superior opponents. It’s not a fairy tale.
You Mean the C in CSFF Stands for Christian? Really?: Rebecca Miller offers some thoughtful analysis of the spiritual themes in Tuck, expressing some disappointment that they weren’t a bit stronger. John W. Otte (if he’s really “the least-read blog on the web,” there’s no justice), enjoyed the variety of religious perspectives, and noted Tuck’s bewilderment at the religious “innovations” imported by the Normans, something that struck me as well. It’s easy to forget that until about 1054, there was only one church, with a common practice of faith. Like John, I’m waiting for an epic historical-fiction reimagining with a Lutheran, or Presbyterian, or maybe even a Wesleyan hero. I can see it now: I Am Not a Merry Man! by Fred Warren…
That’s it for my contribution to this month’s tour. Get ready to have the willies scared out of you next month, as we review Tim Pawlik’s Vanish.
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson
>>This review is based upon a copy of the book provided to me free of charge by the publisher, a courtesy I appreciate, but which does not guarantee my recommendation. I strive to evaluate every book I review purely on its intrinsic merits.<<