Saturday, May 7, 2011

Crisis - I need your help

As many of you know, I am part of Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging For Books program. The program has contests in which bloggers post reviews on the site and have friends and readers rate them 1-5 stars. Recently, however, the program has encountered bloggers who are running the system by voting on multiple computers, and has reset all ratings for all reviews. Therefore, I am going to post the rating devices once again, so that I can get ratings back. If you could help with this by rating the reviews, it would be very, very helpful. Just as a warning though, there will be methods to ensure that people do not rate multiple times. So, here are the reviews.

The Charlatan's Boy

I am getting a great hankering for the southern style of writing. Roger's character development is reminiscent of the style of Flannery O'Connor. The southern grammar and vocabulary were very entertaining!

I found it interesting that Grady had very wise insights, such as when he reflected that townspeople can learn more about themselves from their neighbors than from a "phrenologist," someone who can determine character traits from indentations in a skull. He only thinks of the feechie act as "an honest trade" while he thinks he really is a feechie. For a show assistant, he is quite honest.

Rogers' characters are great fun! Ranging from the trickster Floyd, to the compassionate Short Fronie, to the whooping drovers, I had a glimpse of a different world.

I recommend this to anyone who likes adventure and a show, because this book is full of it!






Dragons of the Valley


Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a lot, and my expectation was right, in a way. The plot wanders, and it’s hard to tell where it will go next, even though you think you know where it will end up. A lot of time often passed between chapters, without being hinted at, and that was confusing. The only character not revealed much was Tipper, even though she was the main character in the previous book. Beolomondore is the main character in this one.

The other characters, however, were where I was wrong. I really, really enjoyed them! They are what drove this story. Wizard Fenworth’s absent-minded way of things kept me laughing, Hollee’s cheerful inquiries brightened my mood, Lady Peg’s meandering, critical speech bewildered and fascinated me, and Rayn’s antics had me wishing I had a minor dragon of my own! If you don’t mind a vague plot, and prefer good and interactive characters, this is the book for you!





Auralia's Colors

Writing a review of this book is hard. There are few books you can easily compare it to, one being the Bible. It is its own tapestry. Overstreet weaves in colors hinting at joy, intrigue, betrayal, and desire. The color metaphors never got old, which shows his mastery of allegory. Many finer points of this allegory are hidden deep and are hard to discern. The Keeper is an interesting creature to note. I have been told it is not in fact a representation of the Creator, though it would seem that way.

Auralia’s character, along with those of the others, was carefully and wonderfully crafted throughout this Red Strand.

The ending left me breathless and sad, but I look forward to the next Strand! I believe this will become a classic in the allegory genre, alongside C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia!





Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor

This is the first book by Chuck Black I have read. Considering that, I found the introduction of the "Life Spice" a little corny. ("...the King used the power of of the Life Spice to raise His Son from the dead.") To a non-believer, this may merely seem like a child's immediate solution to an invincible monster's killing of his favorite hero toy. But, if the Life Spice is explained sufficiently in previous books, the reader should not encounter this feeling.

  Coming back to my first encounter with Mr. Black's books, I liked it very much! I didn't need to foreknow anything to understand it; I felt as if I were reading the first volume. A medieval society is oft-used in fantasy fiction, but often works well for Christian allegory. Such is the case in this fifth volume. I also found it easy to lose myself in it; I read it in one day! The idea of an elite fighting force such as the Silent Warriors always excites and entices me. However, near the end of the book, about 9 months of training pased without enough detail. It seemed as if the story was under a deadline, and could have been developed more at that point. I was disappointed that Mr. Black hardly described the training procedures, as they are my favorite parts of medieval tales.

  The kingdoms of light and darkness, the paythas that brought on apathy, and fighting for the King and His Prince were all great themes! The characters were quite realistic, but after Quinlan's 9 months of training, he was greatly matured, but it felt too sudden for me.

  The conclusion to this story was very powerful! It portrays the 2nd coming of Christ, and leaves both Christians and unbelievers with a question: "Have you given your life to the King?" This question and the knightly lessons learned in Arrethtrae appy to the reverse of that land's name, our temporary home.




26 comments:

  1. I ranked your reviews! :) Could you please do the same for mine? Here's the link: http://ejlibrary.blogspot.com/2011/05/call-to-readers-followers-and-book.html Thanks!

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  2. Okay, I "fixed" it so you'll be able to read the reviews now. :) God bless and please wish your mother a happy mother's day for me!

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  3. if that's true, what's to stop them from doing this 'ratings tampering' again?

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  4. Because now you have to enter your email to rate it, and if you rate it twice, it isn't counted.

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  5. Hi Noah! I've rated all of your books for you. Would you mind rating my book review on my blog? I just posted up my first Blogging For Books book review, so I could use all of the rankings I can get! Thanks! =)
    The link is: http://daughteroftheking89.blogspot.com/2011/05/breath-of-angel-book-review.html

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  6. Thank you!! I rated yours, and it was a great review! I am interested in reading that book :)

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  7. Thanks so much, Noah! I really do think you'd like that book. It kind of reminded me of Donita K. Paul's books a little bit, as far as writing style goes. Who do you get all of your books from to review? I just signed up for Booksneeze too, and I was wondering if there is another site that gives books to bloggers to read, review and rate.

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  8. Well, there are quite a few programs out there that send out free Christian books for reviewing purposes. Apart from Booksneeze, there is Blogging For Books by Waterbrook Multnomah,(http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks) Tyndale's blogger network, (http://www.mediacenter.tyndale.com) and also various tour groups you can google, such as Litfuse Publicity Group, TLC Book Tours, TBB Media, Glass Road, and CSFF Blog Tours.

    Hope that helps!

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  9. I voted!

    I'm a member of Booksneeze and Blogging for Books. Thanks for letting me know of the others (in your comment to Sarah Elizabeth)!

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  10. Thanks for sharing these books with all of us. Now for the time to read them! But it's good to know which ones are worthwhile. Thanks again!

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  11. @Rachelle: You are welcome!! I'm glad you are part of those good programs :)

    @Teacher Julie: You are very welcome! Thank you for reading them! (you're a great teacher!)

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  12. Ranked all the reviews. Best of luck

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  13. Noah, you write engagingly and do make the books sound fun to read but I wanted to have an outline of each story first so that I knew what you were talking about. Your comments are really good but it would help to know to what they are referring.

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  14. Thanks so much for your comment! I've rated your reviews and followed you! Could you possibly follow me back? I'm about to post a review for BookSneeze tomorrow. :)

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  15. Thank you for stopping by my site. I am currently in the process of moving my book reviews to my author site and off my freelance site. If you dont mind, perhaps you could check those out when I am done. Again, thank you for stopping by. I am happy yo return the favor, and will be voting you up!

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  16. @Mikey Thanks!!

    @laugh.sing.love Thank you!! Yes, I followed you :)

    @Chrystal Mahan Sure! If you can, you could give me a link when you're done! I'll check 'em out!

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  17. Thanks for rating my reviews...I rated yours.

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  18. Hey, thanks for rating my review! :) I rated yours too. We just read Sir Quinlan and loved it!

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  19. Noah,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I rated your reviews for you. (Sorry it took so long.) Would enjoy having you chime in on more of the discussions on Magical Ink! :)
    Heather

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  20. I ranked your reviews! Thanks so much for ranking mine. I've gotta figure out how you made this ranking page for their reviews, I've never seen one like it before :)

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  21. So sorry it took me this long to rate your reviews. Thank you for rating mine. I'm still learning how all this works! :)

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  22. Thank you so much for ranking my review. I'm sorry it has taken me forever to get back to you but I am ranking all of your reviews as we speak. thanks again! Gina

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