Monday, January 21, 2008

Jeffrey Overstreet
(Book 1 in The Auralia Thread Series )

Book web site:

Jeffrey Overstreet Author blog:

Blog Tour - Day 2

It's now day two of the Auralia's Colors Blog Tour. I visited some of the participating sites, and they raised some good questions. One site wondered about a Christian theme in the story. I think that was the purpose of the Keeper, who traveled throughout the Expanse - or world - and watched over those who sought him. Abascar City citizens had relegated the Keeper to a children's story character, or a myth for the colorless gatherers that lived outside the city walls.
The book gave me pause after finishing. Could the focus on color status be a reflection on our cultures obsession with wealth and power? Could Abascar's focus on keeping the outside world out of the city, and the city dwellers safely inside the city at all costs represent how we often distance ourselves from others?
For more reviews, and information, check out some of the other fine participant web sites listed below.

Participants’ Links:

Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Jackie Castle
Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Timothy Hicks
Heather R. Hunt
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Pamela Morrisson
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachelle Sperling
Donna Swanson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise


Donna said...

I was intrigued by your interpretation of this book. I came to much the same conclusion, but saw it as almost a treatise on totalitarian regimes that reduce their citizens to numbers or 'workers', taking color out of their lives and leaving them bereft of meaning. My review this morning speaks a bit more broadly on the subject.
Thanks for your insights.

Fantasythyme said...

Thanks for stopping by Fantasythyme, Donna. When you try to replace God with government you will always have problems.

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Well, I think the strength of Mr. Overstreet's writing is that we are left to put the pieces together on our own.


I personally saw a lot of redemptive analogy in Auralia offering a gift that was rejected, then dying in her effort to bring it to the surface.


Fantasythyme said...

We could look at God as the masterweaver of our lives. Auralia's gift of finding colors enabled her to create beautiful pieces. When God works his will through us unforeseen thing begin to occur.

ForstRose said...

See my review at Bibliophile's Retreat for more on this but for me personally Auralia's gifting and how she responded to the dangers it presented were a reminder to me of how I ought to handle my own giftings from the Lord be they gifts of creativity or other gifts and talents He has blessed me with.