Monday, April 20, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour: Blaggard's Moon Day One

Arrrrrr, me hearties! Time once again fer me to break out me bad pirate accent. Fer this month, we be reviewin' the mighty tome o' the great George Bryan Polivka's Blaggard's Moon. So pour a tankard o' the best grog, kick up yer feet, and settle in.

Yeah, once again, I can't keep that up for an entire post.

You know, it's interesting. A year and a half ago, we toured around Polivka's Legend of the Firefish. For some reason, I didn't think I liked it that much. But I went back and read my review and was surprised to learn that I really enjoyed it. Weird. I guess it didn't fare so well in my memory.

Well, since my memory failed me, I wasn't exactly looking forward to reading Blaggard's Moon. But anything for the blog tour.

Much to my delight, I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. From the moment I met Smith Delaney, sitting on his pole in the pond, all the way through the twisting and turning plot, I was hooked. I loved it all. I mean, how can you not love a book that features vicious, bone breaking sea monkeys?

Okay, not sea monkeys per se. But once again, Polivka has invented some new critters to populate his fictional seas.

In many ways, the story of Blaggard's Moon is really the story of Jenta Stillmithers and Damrick Fellows. I was rooting for those two from the moment they waltzed onto the pages. The action is incredible and very clever. The characters are extremely memorable. It's just a great, rollicking story with lots of fights, romance, and skullduggery.

But I'm saving my favorite part fo the story for tomorrow.

It's a shame that the first Polivka book I read didn't stick with me. I'm fairly confident that this one will.

Go see what else the tourists have to say about this great book:

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

I probably remember Firefish better because I read the next two books in the trilogy as well. And I liked them all--the last one best. Still, I had a bit of a hesitation when it came to starting Blaggard's Moon. I finally chalked it up to me not particularly caring for pirate stories. They seem so predictable.

But Polivka showed me otherwise. This story was anything but predictable. I agree that he made the characters come to life--more so than in many a book I've read.

I hope this book finds a large audience. It deserves all the attention it can get, in my opinion.


Keanan Brand said...

Don't those names -- Damrick Fellows, Jenta Stillsmithers, Smith Delaney, Belisar the Whale -- just stick in your head? I like maps, I like cool old terminology, and I like names. This has got them all, and a great story, too!