Monday, November 01, 2010

CSFF Blog Tour: The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead

It is an important and popular fact that my first novel was a sort of comic fantasy playing on the idea of ley lines (or isoparadoxes, lines of equal weirdness) as a means of travelling to perpendicular dimensions. It was, of course, unmitigated rubbish, and failed utterly to pave the way for someone with more talent to tackle the subject in a more serious manner.

And so it is that over the last month I have been reading The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. I have to say it was nice that for this blog tour, the publisher involved managed to send a review copy of the book out to our poky little island. Apparently before they sent them to some US reviewers, which was nice change! And given that big chunks of the story take place in England, I hope you’ll appreciate the view of someone who has an Oyster card and grew up in the Gateway to the Cotswolds, although admittedly not in the 17th Century. I haven’t been to Black Mixen either, although I have been to Dragon Hill, which is in the Cotswolds and does have an artificially flat top, although rather than being a ley portal it’s where St George killed the dragon. Dragon blood is the most effective weedkiller known to man, and not so much as a blade of grass has grown on the hill for 17 centuries.

But I digress. I think the point, such as it was, was that things like leylines and prehistoric monuments and English mythology have long fascinated me, and, well, when you mix these things up with a little time and inter-dimensional travel, you’re going to have a book that I’ll at least take a look at in Waterstones.

So while I do that, here are some nice illustrations of ley lines and portals:


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Wow, I hadn't really thought how much more you would appreciate this book's settings, Steve. Sooooo glad you were able to get a copy (yea, Tomas Nelson).


Keanan Brand said...

I first encountered the notion of ley lines several years ago in the works of another American author: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series by Greg Keyes (or J. Gregory Keyes, depending on what he's writing). At first, I thought ley lines were his own invention, but then I looked them up. Fascinating stuff, regardless of what one believes about them.