Monday, December 6, 2010

The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

I've been waiting for this book ever since I finished The Wilderking Trilogy. And I bought the first book, knowing nothing about Jonathan and never having had anyone recommend the book. Why did I buy it? The title. The Bark of the Bog Owl. I'd see the book listed at Amazon.com or CBD.com and resist. Then I'd see it again and resist. In the end, I didn't resist and I am so glad a succumbed to the lure of that title. I have since met Jonathan Rogers and toured with him and some other fantasy authors on the Motiv8 book tour a couple of years ago. I've asked Jonathan what he was going to give us next. So I knew what was in the works and rejoiced when he told me he'd signed the contract.

I am not disappointed. The Charlatan's Boy has Jonathan's unique stamp on it. Here are a couple of quotes from the book to give you an idea of this author's command of the English language and his aptitude for story:

"By now Floyd was covered up in self-sorry, hunched over so bad you might have mistook him for a buzzard perched on the wagon
seat."
and
"My eyes bugged out like walnuts flung against a mud wall."
Really, people, this man has a handle on the intricacies of the English language like few others in our lifetime. Forgive him for his doctorate in 17th century English literature and welcome his quirk and sass as you would Mark Twain.







3 comments:

Jonathan Rogers said...

Well, Donita, I'm thrilled to know you liked it. You know a thing or two about quirk and sass your own self. I heard you on Canadian radio a few weeks ago. You and your daughter did a great job. And I see from your recent Twitter post that Two Tickes is stirring up controversy. I'm off to see what your naysayers are naysaying and to vanquish them if necessary.

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Wow! High praise coming from such a successful writer as yourself, Donita. But I agree. The lines you quoted are perfect illustrations of what you're saying. Jonathan's books need to be read!

jessebecky said...

lol I will forgive his doctorate but i applaud his sass and quirk!! lol good review, thanks for your thoughts!