Monday, February 16, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour Day One: Jeffrey Overstreet - Cyndere's Midnight: My Impressions


I've been looking forward to this tour since I saw that it might be coming up. I had the chance to read Cyndere's Midnight over the holidays and in nutshell it has joined the favorite, worth reading over and over, book section of my shelf. Overstreet is the rare writer who can tell a good tale in elegant language that has enough depth to make it worth reading several times.

Cyndere's Midnight starts pretty much where Auralia's Colors, the phenomenal first book in the series, left off. The poetic language of Auralia's Colors is maintained in Cyndere's Midnight but a much more distinct plot is formed. It feels well as a book on its own as well as with Auralia's Colors, another sign of the excellence of the writing.

I am astounded by the depth that Overstreet brings to his writing. His writing is deep, profound, and beautiful. Literature as it is meant to be. I believed Auralia's Colors to be an outstanding example of modern literature, my belief has not been disappointed upon reading Cyndere's Midnight, it has been reinforced.

Every once in awhile you will come across a novel that is rich in meaning, even if you can’t say what the book means. There are several themes to be found in Cyndere’s Midnight, but there is not any problematic telling the reader something they need to learn. Lessons learned in Cyndere’s Midnight come from the readers own observation of the story, which is generally speaking, exactly what a good book tries to do. In my opinion, a book, even and perhaps especially, a fictional book’s first and primary purpose is to instruct, to change, to impact the mind and soul of the reader. Redemptive literature does not leave one the same as when they started the book. Cyndere’s Midnight is no exception. It delights the reader while giving them the opportunity to think about things in a manner they might not have before. Which is why when I read Cyndere’s Midnight I was astonished about what character it was that I most related to.

A highly recommended read! I believe that Mr. Overstreet’s writing could hold its own among the classics.

-Shane

An earlier review of Auralia's Colors

Featured book, Cyndere’s Midnight - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400072530
Jeffrey Overstreet’s Web site - http://lookingcloser.org/
Jeffrey Overstreet’s blog - http://lookingcloser.org/category/journal/
Jeffrey Overstreet at Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffrey-Overstreet/42902959

4 comments:

Robert Treskillard said...

"His writing is deep, profound, and beautiful"

I couldn't agree more!

I'll have an interview with Jeffrey on my blog tomorrow where he talks about these topics.

http://robert.epictales.org

Great review!

S. J. Deal said...

Thank you Robert.

Jason said...

Shane,
I enjoyed your features on Cyndere's Midnight. I must confess that I want to steal something from you. The phrase "redemptive literature" is wonderful! I get a little tired of calling things "Christian fiction", not because I am ashamed of the name of Christ, but because of baggage of the term and the automatic turnoff people have to His name. So your term is very apropros.

Thanks for the good interview and feature. I enjoyed each interview, because different aspects from Jeffrey came out.

Jason

S. J. Deal said...

Thanks Jason.

In reference to the term I believe I myself have picked up from other blogs. As far as I know it's not necessarily strictly referring to "christian literature". In fact I most often hear the term applied to the Harry Potter series.