Sunday, November 16, 2008

November CSFF Blog Tour: Shade by John Olson

"You will not fear the terror of the night." —Psalm 91

A monstrous waking nightmare is pursuing graduate student Hailey Maniates across San Francisco to Golden Gate Park where she is rescued by a towering homeless man. She seems able to read her rescuer’s mind, but is it just a delusion? Doctors diagnose her as a paranoid schizophrenic and attempt to prescribe away her alleged hallucinations. But too many questions remain around Hailey and the man who saved her. He appears to suffer from her same mental condition and is convinced that some type of Gypsy vampire is trying to kill them both.

Against reason, Hailey finds herself more and more attracted to this strange man. But what if he is a fantasy? What if he is the monster?

About the Author

John B. Olson holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin but left his job as a director and principal scientist at a major scientific software company after eight years to pursue full-time writing and speaking. He has since won several awards for his books. Olson lives with his wife and two children in San Leandro, California.

Here is my review:

John Olson is a wonderful author. Perhaps it’s just the frame of mind I’m in right now, but I can’t get into “Shade”. The writing is wonderful and the situations are gripping, but I simply get lost when I’m trying to understand who and what these characters are. As I’m reading, I’m not anticipating learning more about them. Instead, I’m feeling like I missed some pertinent piece of information and want to go back and re-read the beginning. Well, I plan to do just that. I am putting “Shade” back into my TBR (to be read) pile, and I will try again another time because I want to like these characters. I want to enjoy this story. I want to have nothing but glowing reviews for John Olson!

Please visit these Blog Tour Participant Links:

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Joleen Howell
Jason Isbell
Jason Joyner
Rachel Marks
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

1 comment:

ForstRose said...

There's alot happening throughout the book and scenes happen from different POV's - eventually it does all tie together though it takes a bit to get there.