…all work and no play makes Fred a dull boy…all Work aNd no Play maKes freD a dull boy…aLl woRK AND no plAy…
Oh..ahem…er…Hi! Welcome to Day 3 of the CSFF Blog Tour’s descent into the madness of Tom Pawlik’s Vanish. I’m having a little issue with writer’s block right now, so while I’m holed up in this drafty hotel waiting for inspiration, I’ll take a look at what the other folks on the tour are saying about Mr. Pawlik’s suspenseful story of missing persons and lost souls.
Hey, kid! How many times do I have to tell you to quit writing on the mirrors with lipstick? Sheesh, always the same thing…”redrum, redrum, redrum.”
Moving right along…
It’s the Gateway Into Mordor, Mister Frodo!: Keenan Brand finds a connection to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that I never would have suspected, and backs it up with a fanboy confession from Pawlik in Rebecca Miller’s interview. I want this man on my Ghostbusters team.
Short, Sharp Shocks: Amy Cruson reports that Vanish‘s short chapters facilitate reading for those of us tending little monsters of our own. She was able to stop whenever she needed to, without losing the thread of the story, and was satisfyingly shocked & awed at the end.
Jack Chick’s Got Nothing on Tom Pawlik: Stacy Dale plans to leave a copy of Vanish in her office lunchroom as a conversation starter. Good on ya, Stacy. Prayers and best wishes, and let us know how it turns out.
It’s Okay, Beth, We’re All Big Honkin’ Chickens: Beth Goddard nearly tossed the book out the window in an acute attack of xenophobia, but bravely soldiered on and became soundly hooked into the story. Once she put her reviewer hat back on, she found the story’s three-character point-of-view rotation a little annoying, but it didn’t blunt her determination to finish the book and find out what happens, despite a few story-induced nightmares.
Of course, it always starts with the nightmares, right before they come to get you in the middle of the night…
There’s No School Like the Old School: John W. Otte (The least-read blog on the Web? Not for long.) delivers a spoilerific Day 2 post that makes a very convincing (at least for me) connection between Vanish and C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, and recommends Lewis if you want to seriously explore these themes, Pawlik if you want the rock ‘n roll thrill-ride condensed version. Love the ‘zilla spoiler-warning sign, John.
The Subject Matter Expert Never Dies, Because Somebody Has to Explain What Happened: If you’re looking for a more serious literary-type review of Vanish that gets into the nuts-and-bolts, I recommend Steve Rice’s, Christa Richey’s, Chawna Schroeder’s, and Rachel Starr Thomson’s posts. I also recommend standing close to them during any attack by monsters, aliens, or supernatural creatures.
That concludes my contribution to this month’s Tour. There’s an odd fog building up outside, and I should probably go investigate. Or not.
Next month’s selection takes us back to the lab for some dark doings in the world of genetic research, as we read Karen Hancock’s Enclave. And yes, I will read the book this time, provided it doesn’t get Vanished. See you then!
Other fine sites along the CSFF Blog Tour:
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson