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“The Skin Map” by Stephen Lawhead

Hello there fellow bloggers,

 This months CSFF  Blog tour’s book is “The Skin Map” by author Stephen Lawhead, you may remember him by the other book we have done on the tour, at least since I have been a part of it, by the name of “Tuck”.

I was ready to dive into this book by him, being warmed up to what I thought was his style of writing by reading Tuck. However, I think that my might just maybe might be a bit befuddled by all the time that has passed in between reading books by Mr. Lawhead. What I thought was going to be as easy as sitting on my favorite reading chair, all nice and comfy and familiar, turned out to be a bit of getting used to, kind of having to find my place all over again.

Once I got into “Skin Map” and started reading it, I got comfortable after a while, but I had to familiarize myself with all the different words that are thrown in there, seemingly out-of-place, from an author’s standpoint (if I can be called an author???), but perfectly (at least in my humble opinion) in line with the CHARACTER’s vocabulary.

My husband and I slightly disagreed about this just the other night. I think because I have had more time of reading a variety of different genres of books, and by different authors, I can acclimatize myself to a persons style of writing a bit easier and quicker than he can. At least I seemed to be able to with this book.

I am liking it so far, but either I am not seeing it, or I am seeing perfectly what is not intended to be there, and that is an element of spirituality in the book.

I am not saying that every book on the tour has to have an element of spirituality, but I think it is something that I have become accustomed to, and have even started to expect out of the books I receive as part of the CSSF Blog Tour.

It could be that it comes in later in the book, and since we received the books so late, I am just not at section three….

I do however have to say that I like the titles of chapters, and I like the premise of the book.

There are some theories in there that I find myself disagreeing with, which might come off as a bad thing, but seeing as how I am only disagreeing with a fictional character and not necessarily the author, I think it’s quite alright. 🙂

I don’t think everyone will like this book, but so far I am and you should check out what the other bloggers have to say about this book.

Hopefully this blog made sense as it was written in between chasing after my daughter (who was getting all of the potatoes out of the bag and taste testing them) and talking to my husband who likes to harass people (good-naturedly) online in his video gaming world.

God bless and happy reading!

(P.s. I STRONGLY suggest you check out Red Bissell’s page, as I am somewhat attached to her, seeing as how she is one of my close friends)

btw, In conjuntion with the CSFF Blog tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

*Participants’ links
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Jeff Chapman
Christian Fiction Book Reviews
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
George Duncan
April Erwin
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Allen McGraw
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Gavin Patchett
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Donna Swanson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Elizabeth Williams
Dave Wilson

CSFFBT-Tuck

This months book was Tuck (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873)   written by Stephen R. Lawhead (http://www.stephenlawhead.com/ ). It was a very interesting book, the 3rd in his series about King Raven, also known by a few other names, one of the more popular names is Rhi Bran the Hud, or in English what we would call Robin Hood.

In the front of the book is a pronunciation guide to aid in you the reading of some of the Celtic words. This came in very handy to me, and was also very interesting since I love different languages.

The story was pretty well written, and I loved the people and the characters in it. It gave a new look at Robin Hood and maid Merian, as well as little John and Friar Tuck (personally, my favorite character), just to name a few.

Tuck is my favorite because he seems to be quite human and not as stuffy as some of the Priests in the book seem to be, he has his faults, but he also relies on the grace of God to get him through. I love how he uses his staff to protect those he loves. I don’t enjoy his penchant for drinking, or the fact that the book seems to portray and promote the idea of Catholicism, but all in all, Tuck is a pretty interesting character.

I loved how throughout the book, there were times where Rhi Bran was made more human to me than just legend, by the choices he made, good and sometimes bad, and the consequences he had to deal with. There were a few times where I thought it was most fitting for Angharad, the eldest in the tribe (you’ll find out more about her in the book),  to bring Rhi Bran down a notch or two in his pride… and her tactics usually worked.

The book is about Bran’s people, the Welsh common folk, who were fighting for their King, King Raven, to be put back on his throne. The Welsh people, also called the Cymry, were a fierce, proud and loyal people for their King, and loving too. In this story are families, single men, and women, priests, abbots, marshalls, sheriffs, Kings, Lords, Ladies, good guys and of course, bad guys…it is a good book if you are looking for a fairy tale brought out of legend, more into real life.

For more information about the book, check out the following websites, and check out what other bloggers have to say about it. I think if you are interested in anything having to do with the Welsh people, or about Robin Hood and his men, you will enjoy this book.
*Featured book, Tuck http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873  
 Stephen R. Lawhead’s Web site – http://www.stephenlawhead.com/

Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Keanan Brand
Rachel Briard
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Terri Main
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson