Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Day Two of our Tour with "Scarlet" by Stephen Lawhead

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An author always takes a risk when he or she tinkers with a beloved story. Sometimes, the tinkering is merely a spoof, such as Rene Gutteridge's novel, "Boo Humbug".

Other times, an author takes a little known character from a well known story and tells it from that perspective, like "The Shepherd's Prayer" by Richard M. Barry. That gives a fresh glimpse at a familiar tale that brings a deeper meaning to the reader.

But Stephen Lawhead has taken an even greater risk with "The King Raven" series. He has taken a very familiar story and transported it to an entirely different land, with different events and some new characters, as well as eliminating traditional landmarks such as Sherwood Forest and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

Still, he leaves enough of the familiar to cause the reader to say, "Oh, hey, it's Friar Tuck!" or "So THAT'S Little John!" And there is something special that happens when we stumble over old friends in such a new environment.

"Hood" laid the groundwork for this new re-telling of an old legend...and "Scarlet" (re)introduces us to another beloved character, Will Scarlet, and carries the legend into deeper and richer legend.

Want to read my thoughts on "Scarlet"? Well, you'll just have to wait until tomorrow, when we wrap up our tour with The King Raven Trilogy! Til then, take a peek at my blogger buddies joining us on tour:

Trish Anderson
Brandon Barr
Wayne Thomas Batson
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
Mike Lynch
Karen McSpadden
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Lyn Perry
Deena Peterson
Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachelle Sperling
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Jason Waguespac
Daniel I. Weaver
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

Happy Reading!



Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Nice little teaser! But I agree that Lawhead took a risk. From what I've read, reviews of Hood weren't so kind. I thought he pulled it off masterfully in Scarlet.


Christopher Hopper said...

As they say, it's always better in the re-telling! Love what Lawhead did. Thanks for the teaser!