Book Review: Tales of The Dim Knight

28 Apr

Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when a symbiotic alien gives him supernatural powers. But what’s he to do with them? Follow his laugh-a-minute progress as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement.



Excerpt

Adam Graham is a mild-mannered goofball whose science fiction stories appear in Residential Aliens, Light at the Edge of Darkness, and in the Laser & Sword e-zine. His political column appears on Pajamasmedia.com and Renew America. He hosts the Truth and Hope Report podcast, the Old Time Dragnet Radio Show, the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio, and the Old Time Superman Radio Show. Mr. Graham holds a general studies Associate of Arts degree from Flathead Valley Community College with a concentration in Journalism.

Andrea Graham studied creative writing and religion at Ashland University, has been envisioning fantastic worlds since at least six, and has been writing science fiction novels since she was fourteen. She edited Adam Graham’s first novel, Tales of the Dim Knight as well as his short story “Chosen of God,” which was featured in Light at the Edge of Darkness along side her own “Frozen Generation.” 

She writes a regular devotion on her blog, http://christsglory.com, and writing advice and book reviews at povbootcamp.com. Andrea and Adam live with their cat, Joybell, in Boise, Idaho.



My Impressions:

. . . the targeted reader for Christian fiction is a middle age, middle class Conservative white woman, who lives in the South to midwest, is Evangelical, who has several kids, tends to either be a stay at home mom and is usually pretty soft spoken about her beliefs. — Books, Movies and Chinese Food

So what kind of books is this target audience supposed to be reading?  Many would say buggy and bonnet books — historical romances and Amish fiction.  I fit the demographic (almost too well!), yet I will read just about everything, including the backs of cereal boxes and, oh my, speculative fiction (fantasy, horror, sci-fi, super-hero fiction, dystopian, utopian, alternate history, etc.)!

When Andrea Graham contacted me about reviewing her and Adam’s allegorical, super-hero novel, Tales of The Dim Knight, I didn’t check with the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) if the book fit my demographic. I like to read all kinds of things. That is why I describe my blog as Christian/eclectic.

So why do I read just about any genre?  

Believe it or not the world is made up of more than middle-aged (hate that term), white women from the South.  I even know a few of the others.  And if I am to be  part of a dialogue, a witness for Christ, I better know a little bit about the others.

Andrea and Adam’s book, Tales of The Dim Knight, is definitely not targeted to the CBA audience.  It is a little too out there, a little too comic book and zany for most average readers of Christian fiction.  But it is a perfect book for the twenty-somethings that I know — those who like a beat to their worship, who have grown up with video games, and are looking for a relationship with Jesus.   The Graham’s novel will definitely resonate with this group of readers.  It is fast paced and jumps from one episode to another.  It shows the world in its absurdity and its reality.  It points to what really matters in life.  And it shows the sacrificial love of those with a relationship to Jesus.  It is a faith-filled novel that will reach the others.  And isn’t that we are supposed to do?

I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some.

I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it.

1 Corinthians 9:22-23

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To purchase a copy of this book, click on the this link — Tales of the Dim Knight

Would Tales of The Dim Knight be good for my kids?  Click HERE to find out.

Tales of the Dim Knight Tour Schedule:

3/17/ James Somers http://www.jamessomers.blogspot.com/

3/20 and 3/27 David James http://newauthors.wordpress.com/

4/1/ April Erwin http://www.projectinga.blogspot.com/

 4/3/ Phyllis Wheeler www.Christian-Fantasy-Book-Reviews.com

4/4/ Noah Arsenault http://noahsreads.blogspot.com/

4/4/ Sarah Sawyer www.sarahsawyer.com/blog

4/5/ Tammy Shelnut http://www.bluerosesheart.blogspot.com/

4/6/ Timothy Hicks http://fantasythyme.blogspot.com/

4/7 Joan Nienhuis http://www.bookwomanjoan.blogspot.com

4/8 Carol E. Keen http://carolkeen.blogspot.com/

4/11 Morgan L. Busse http://morganlbusse.wordpress.com

4/14/ Emily LaVigne http://southernfiberreads.wordpress.com/

4/15 Chawna Schroeder http://chawnaschroeder.com

4/22 Frank Creed http://afrankreview.blogspot.com

4/28/ Beckie Burnham https://rbclibrary.wordpress.com

5/3/ Amy Cruson http://the160acrewoods.com


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5 Responses to “Book Review: Tales of The Dim Knight”

  1. Krystal Larson April 28, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Just wanted to say I like your review and I may have to place a hold on this book at the library!

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    • rbclibrary April 28, 2011 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks Krystal. Your book is on the way!

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  2. Andrea Graham April 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Thank you for the insightful review. I suspect you’ve got the audience that will love it dead-on. 🙂 Yes, we were most blessed to find a publisher interested in an “out there” book that I pray will reach “the others.”

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    • rbclibrary April 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

      You are welcome. Best of luck to you and Adam.

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