See what the Rave’n is all about. Review #3 of Tuck, by Stephen R. Lawhead

And now we’ll look at the novel itself, Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Tuck was a fun story to read.  There were many elements that drew me into the time period and setting, but not so much so that I had to struggle to understand what was happening.  There was even a Pronunciation Guide at the beginning that really helped me to hear how the words were supposed to sound.  A sweet taste of the culture.

I liked the characters a lot!  Stephen did a good job of making them feel real.  I cared about them, about what happened to them.  And they weren’t simply molds from the popular views of Robin Hood.  These characters were familiar, yet brand new at the same time.

The overall story was very entertaining.  There were a number of times I had a hard time putting the book down, and other times that I caught myself pausing to soak up the mental images.

However I did have a couple complaints about the book. 

One was the particular version of a World View.  I hold many things against Catholicism, and do not believe it is the same as Christianity.  Because of the history of Europe I can see how Tuck could be accurately reflecting the popular views of the time.  But Catholicism certainly wasn’t the only view of the time that claimed Christ and I was hoping for something different from what was presented.  There were some things I was able to gain from the idea of Christ meeting Welsh culture though, mostly due to some elements I’ve been considering from G.K. Chesterton‘s “The Everlasting Man” and “Orthodoxy”.

My other complaint was that there were times when the plot seemed unnaturally convenient.  Providence could be mentioned here, I suppose, but even then the story still doesn’t seem to flow by its own power.  There were a number of times when it seemed like the author made it too easy on himself, and the sequence of events should have been different.  I mentioned in my last review on this book that it was believable, but I was speaking in a historical sense.  It would have been nice to see the story lead the author more than it did, rather than seeing the author force the story.  It wasn’t too bad, but it was enough to bug me a little.

Otherwise I enjoyed Tuck, and would recommend it to Fantasy fans.  And as I mentioned before, his other two books in the King Raven series (“Hood” and “Scarlet”) are on my reading list.

Overall, a good book.  I hope you enjoy it too!

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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Foundation Week- March ’09

Got some crazy ideas that you want to see thrown together into short stories and the like?

 

Wondering if you can give a writing challenge too difficult for an author to accomplish?

 

Bring it on!

 

Partake in the monthly feature: “The Writer’s Challenge”.  You brainstorm the story elements, you choose the story elements, and I write the short story.  This will be written from a Christian world view, so I thank you ahead of time for keeping it clean (inappropriate posts will be deleted). 

 

This first week is dedicated to brainstorming, and any related material needs to be presented as a reply to this post.  This is your opportunity to post your story elements, whether they be elements you think are cool or elements you think I don’t have the skills to handle.  Feel free to include any of the following:

  Mood (funny, serious, adventurous, etc…)

  Genre (fantasy, modern, sci-fi, etc…)

  Characters

  Settings

  Plot elements

  Items (weapons, possessions, animals, relics, etc…)

 

Please use headings for your choices so I’ll have an easier time gathering them.  If you have something that doesn’t fit under one of these categories, you can use the heading “Other”.  Please hold any comments on replies from other people, there will be opportunity for this later.  Any ideas for the month must be posted before the first week of the month ends (this week).

 

Please see the “Writer’s Challenge” page for further details.

 

Let’s make a story!

Foundation Week- February ’09

Got some crazy ideas that you want to see thrown together into short stories and the like?

 

Wondering if you can give a writing challenge too difficult for an author to accomplish?

 

Bring it on!

 

Partake in the monthly feature: “The Writer’s Challenge”.  You brainstorm the story elements, you choose the story elements, and I write the short story.  This will be written from a Christian world view, so I thank you ahead of time for keeping it clean (inappropriate posts will be deleted). 

 

This first week is dedicated to brainstorming, and any related material needs to be presented as a reply to this post.  This is your opportunity to post your story elements, whether they be elements you think are cool or elements you think I don’t have the skills to handle.  Feel free to include any of the following:

  Mood (funny, serious, adventurous, etc…)

  Genre (fantasy, modern, sci-fi, etc…)

  Characters

  Settings

  Plot elements

  Items (weapons, possessions, animals, relics, etc…)

 

Please use headings for your choices so I’ll have an easier time gathering them.  If you have something that doesn’t fit under one of these categories, you can use the heading “Other”.  Please hold any comments on replies from other people, there will be opportunity for this later.  Any ideas for the month must be posted before the first week of the month ends (this week).

 

Please see the “Writer’s Challenge” page for further details.

 

Let’s make a story!

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!