We’re having some unscheduled power disruptions and strange lights in the sky here on Maple Street, and my neighbors are starting to think maybe they were right all along about me being an alien invader, so I’d better get right to gleaning the collective wit and wisdom of my colleagues in the CSFF Blog Tour before things get ugly.
It’s Quiet…Too Quiet: Things were a little subdued this week–it looked like we were upstaged by the CFBA Book Tour, which reviewed Offworld a couple of months ago, so several of our regulars had already weighed in on it. I wouldn’t expect anybody to write two reviews, even for the next Landmark In Popular Fiction.
At Least it Wasn’t a Double McGuffin: John W. Otte (Least Read Blog on the Web? Pish tosh!) liked Offworld well enough, but thinks a key element of the story is nothing more than a MacGuffin, and explains why.
Total Drama Action: Everybody agrees Offworld is a real page-turner, with enough thrills, spills, and special-effects-worthy bang-zoom to satisfy any fan of Bruce, Arnold, Chuck, Clint, or (insert favorite action hero here).
I Liked the Book Better Than the Movie: Nissa at The Lina Lamont Fan Club (the name is reason enough to visit) discusses some of the marketing tools Mr. Parrish used to publicize Offworld and his other works, including video trailers, embeddable first chapters, and posting stories in serial format on his website.
Step Up to the Mike: Ryan Heart and Julie scored a couple of nice interviews with Mr. Parrish, in which he reveals some of the ideas behind Offworld, the joys and frustrations of writing, and his favorite guilty pleasure. Oooh, spicy!
That’s it for this month’s Tour. Wow, I’m still here! Of course, if everybody else is gone, that may not be a good thing. I’ll have to go check. Join us again next month as we review Donita Paul’s young-adult fantasy, The Vanishing Sculptor.
I’ve only got two entries so far for my Offworld book giveaway. Two! You can’t get odds like this at Vegas or Atlantic City. Only one day left to enter by leaving a comment, so don’t delay!
The other survivors on the CSFF Blog Tour:
Robin Parrish’s Website: http://www.robinparrish.com/
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
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.<<