Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CSFF Blog Tour: "Venom and Song" Day Three

So here we are, the final day of the tour for Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. While I really enjoyed this book, there was one thing that surprised me in the middle of the book, namely the fart jokes.

Yes, you read that right.

I won't go into details (spoilers and all that), but needless to say, it completely surprised me when I realized I had read a fart joke in the middle of the book. And then there were more after it. And by the time I made it to the end, I chuckled and said, "My guess is the target audience for this book is teenage boys."

Truth be told, I wasn't sure what to make of the fart jokes at first. I can honestly say I never thought I'd type those two words in connection with Christian fiction, but here we are. But as jarring as that moment was, I think in the end I don't mind them. After all, Christians fart. We do. It might not always be pleasant, but I can't think of a single passage that says that the act or making jokes about said act are somehow sinful. It may not be in the best taste, but hey, it's a book for boys. They'll eat it up.

Just kind of took me by surprise, that's all.

Go see what the other tourists have to say:

Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
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D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Donita K. Paul
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
James Somers
Kathleen Smith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Jason Waguespac
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson


WayneThomasBatson said...

John, this post had me laughing out loud. You are clearly talking about Migmar the Gnome King and his, uh, condition. There's a story behind that. Kind of a behind the scenes story. Christopher Hopper and I were in Scranton PA together, working on the outline for Curse of the Spider King. And you know how it is trying to come up with fantasy names. Well, we stumbled upon, not a name generator, but a generic fantasy character generator. It basically had a HUGE database of creatures, races, and people PLUS identifying characteristics. It was pretty late at night, and Christopher and I were kind of goofy. And we kept clicking the generator to read these really random silly character combinations. Things like: drooling, red-headed knight, and so forth. We were literally in tears and clutching our gut b/c the funniest character generated was "Flatulent Barrister Gnome!" Ever since then, it's been an inside joke and we decided to bring Migmar to life.

Sarah Sawyer said...

That surprised me, too. And was a little distracting, maybe because I'm not a teen boy. :)

But hearing the backstory Wayne shared does make it more amusing...

Jason said...

Bah! What is Christian fiction coming to these days? "Toots" used as jokes in a book for impressionable young men? I need to call someone to complain...

Right after I finish my tater-tot/green bean casserole for potluck.


Mrs. Nesbit


Leighton Hajicek said...

Being a teen guy, the "flatulent barrister gnome" was not shocking, just... *pinches nose and leaves sentence without ending* LOL

Hilarious post lol, check out my blog ( in which I did some posts for the CSFF Blog Tour as well. :D