Tuesday, March 17, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour: Hunter Brown Day Two

So yesterday, I may have been a bit harsh on Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow. That's a judgment call. Like I said yesterday, part of that may be because it's a young adult fantasy and I'm ... well, only half of that now.

At the same time, though, this book gives me a great deal of hope. That may sound odd, given my negative reaction to it yesterday, but it does and here's why: I'm hoping that books like this will help create a greater demand for others like it in the future.

I'm talking long-term here. Let's be honest, while there have been signs that the market has been opening to speculative fiction, it's not as open as it could be (or should be, in my not-so-humble opinion). But that could change, especially if books similar to this one does well. The next generation of readers might be more open to speculative fiction. And that's a good thing.

Now I realize that I might be a bit optimistic. Obviously not every young adult speculative fiction fan is going to turn into an adult speculative fiction fan. But more books like Hunter Brown may help make our beloved market a bit more fertile.

Please go and visit the other tourists and see what they think about this month's book:
Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Shane Deal
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Wade Ogletree
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson


Mike Lynch said...

I appreciate your honesty in your two reviews of the book. Like you, I found good things to like about Hunter Brown, and problems that kept pulling me out of the story.


Keanan Brand said...

Hook 'em while they're young! (laugh) Actually, it would be cool if books like this captured a whole new generation of readers, and whetted their appetites for more of the same. It'd be awesome of there was more Christian fiction like this.