Well… it’s day one of the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour for the novel The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. “What’s a blog tour?” you might ask. That’s a great question that I only learned the answer to a few months ago. A blog tour is an online publicity event that generates “buzz” about a particular book or author. In this case… it’s The Skin Map. The next question you may ask is, “What is Christian fiction?” That is an equally good question, but infinitely more difficult to answer. The answer depends upon who you ask, but typically it is fiction that is written with emerging themes that are consistent with a Christian worldview. In some forms of Christian fiction, the Narniad by C.S. Lewis for example, the Christian themes are obvious, but for others, it’s a little more difficult to make the connection. If you are interested, take a look at this Wikipedia entry on Christian Fiction, and/or follow this Google search on the topic.
Anyway… this entry is supposed to be about The Skin Map. So here goes…The story begins in modern day London where the main character of the story, Kit, is presented as an instantly identifiable archtype – the overworked, under appreciated, plodding along, under achiever – who desperately needs something different to happen in his life, but can’t quite seem to determine for himself what that is. After a seemingly coincidental series of missteps while navigating his way through London and a somewhat dramatic “weather event”, Kit finds himself miraculously relocated in both time and location and face to face with his should be long dead great-grandfather. This is the beginning of a series of adventures that pit Kit and his great-grandfather against the forces of evil. Nothing new here. What is interesting though is the way Lawhead begins to get you thinking about the implications of alternate realities, alternate timelines, alternate universes, etc.
If this piques your curiosity, then take a look at the book trailer…
And see what others are saying…
Thomas Clayton Booher
Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fiction Book Reviews
CSFF Blog Tour Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson
Stay tuned for more tomorrow…
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in conjunction with this blog tour.