Monday, June 21, 2010

CSFF Blog Tour: Imaginary Jesus

It is an important and popular fact that there is a thin line between genius and insanity. Based on the evidence of this month's featured book, Matt Mikalatos is a man perched rather uncomfortably atop the fence that follows that line.

The book in question is Imaginary Jesus, a 'not-quite-true story', according to the cover, and 'a sort of semi-autobiographical novel comedy thing' according to the story itself. It's got time travel in it, and laughs aplenty, which goes right up my flagpole. I'm saluting this book.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here, there's three days of the tour, and given that I've actually read this month's book (oh yes, Mr Mikalatos, you are in very select company there!) I figured I should really manage three posts. So no full review yet.

First, we shall return to the much-loved Fantasy Spectrum. Imaginary Jesus definitely lurks towards the infra-red, not-quite-fantasy end, but slightly off to one side, slightly Octarine shifted onto the parallel spectrum of comic fantasy.

In fact, and it occurs to me that many CSFF readers will have no frame of reference for the following concept, but in the hope of dragging in some out-of-towners Googling unrelated stuff, I'm going to make the comment:
If Robert Rankin had been a theologian, he would have been Matt Mikalatos.

I highly recommend visiting the book's imaginary website and downloading the first chapter. I guess you'll love it or hate it from that point! And if you still need any convincing, the following bloggers will be sharing their bemusement at the bizarre concept of this book over the following three days:

Brandon Barr Keanan Brand Grace Bridges Beckie Burnham Valerie Comer R. L. Copple Amy Cruson CSFF Blog Tour Stacey Dale D. G. D. Davidson Jeff Draper April Erwin Andrea Graham Tori Greene Becky Jesse Cris Jesse Jason Joyner Julie Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Dawn King Leighton Rebecca LuElla Miller John W. Otte Donita K. Paul Crista Richey Chawna Schroeder Rachel Starr Thomson Fred Warren Phyllis Wheeler KM Wilsher

1 comment:

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

So glad you liked it, Steve. I think Matt's humor is a perfect match to yours!

Love the Tuesday Tunes list too. As always it's a delight to read your posts, and this one more so because you did get to read the book! Love it.