Bound to Impress! Review #1: Tuck, by Stephen Lawhead.

Tuck, book three of the King Raven Trilogy.  By Stephen R. Lawhead.  Published by Thomas Nelson.

I enjoyed reading Tuck.  But before getting into the content of this book, I want to comment on the class of the publisher.  They didn’t send out their cheapest copies for reviews.  They sent a hard cover copy, and with a full color, textured cover-sleeve.  I was immediately impressed when I saw it.

Because I’ve been looking into home binding some of my own works, I tend to notice the binding of books now.  I’m no expert by any means, but it’s not hard to see how well they put this book together.  The pages that bind the book block to the hardcover, normally plain paper of a sometimes heavier stock, were not only of the higher quality paper but they had a very nice map of the book’s setting.  The binding is solid; sewn and glued, with very clean edges all around.

Considering the cost of making such copies, I was impressed to receive this version of the novel for a book review.  The publisher and author obviously care to put their best foot forward, at least with this novel.  Good show Thomas Nelson and Mr. Lawhead.

In the next review we’ll consider the setup of the story.

To pick up a copy of Tuck, visit – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873  
For Stephen R. Lawhead’s Website, visit – http://www.stephenlawhead.com/

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Time to Write- December ’08

The votes are in!  Thanks to everyone for your participation.

Here are the final results:

 

Genre:

Post apocalyptic earth where nuclear war has destroyed the environment and killed billions of people. Life on earth has been forever altered, but a group of survivors has hope and sees it as an opportunity to start again. 60% (9 of 15 votes)

Settings:

Pacific Northwest, United States of America 64% (9 of 14 votes)

Mood:

Adventurous & philosophical. 43% (6 of 14 votes)

Plot:

Survivors band together to build a new society founded in Christian values. Along the journey, they uncover how the loss of Christian values contributed to the end of the world they knew. 71% (10 of 14 votes)

Characters:

Female Warrior (modern warrior? Maybe war hero??) 21% (3 of 14votes)

Tied with another.  Decided with a 20 sided die.

Items:

A bible that in the binding holds a knife 69% (9 of 13votes)

 

Look for the completed short story on December 31.  You will be able to read and rate the finished piece then.

The next Challenge starts January 1st, and will run just the same as this one did.  Tell your friends.  I hope to see you all back again!