Monday, July 20, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour - Karen Hancock's "The Enclave"

Hi all:

And now ... a blast from the past!

Remember when I used to post reviews here regularly? Well, for the next three days, I'm participating in another Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) Blog Tour, because they're featuring one of my favorite authors, Karen Hancock, and her latest novel, The Enclave.

I finished reading it last night at midnight and wow, it's not a book to read right before going to bed! What a boffo ending! Edge of your seat, gasping, cringing, and worrying up to the last few pages.

It's quite a departure from Hancock's four-book, Christy-award winning fantasy series, "Legends of the Guardian King," which shows just how imaginative Hancock is. Though she does manage to pull in a sword and scabbard at one point. ;)

This book is much more of a science fiction than fantasy book, because it is set in a genetics research compound in the Arizona desert and includes much lingo about the field of genetics, labwork, research grants, etc. Quite fascinating. Much more Michael Crichton than Frank Herbert.

It also reminds me of the Stargate movie and TV series in the way it brings ancient sarcaphogi into modern times, thus making this tale both a historical novel and a science fiction story at the same time. Great stuff!

Check out Karen Hancock's website and blog for more information about her new book and the wonderful "Legends of the Guardian King" series. I'll post links to my reviews of this wonderful series later in the tour.

I'll elaborate on my thoughts re: Michael Crichton and Stargate over the next three days, but in the meantime, here are links to the other blogs participating in the tour:

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
Emmalyn Edwards
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Heather R. Hunt
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Mike Lynch
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Elizabeth Williams

For the duration of the tour, I'll revert to my reviewing sign-off:




Stacey said...

I love books that are so good you HAVE to finish them no matter how late they keep you up! I haven't finished "The Enclave", yet, but I look forward to the 'boffo' ending.


Karen Hancock said...

Thanks for the "boffo" review, Heather! Glad to know there are others out there who share my weird combination of interests. LOL!

uh oh... I see a word verification thingie down there...