Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mimi's Review on the Novel DARK STAR by Creston Mapes

The members of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance are reviewing Dark Star by Creston Mapes this month. It was published by Multnomah Publishers in Sisters, Oregon 2005.

Since I am one of the cool blogger writers associated with the alliance, I have been privilaged to read this book. Now for those who have read my profile, you will remember that I am a fantasy/sci-fi/young adult reader/writer. I do not usually read outside of these realms for pleasure.


Dark Star has been an exception to my rule (even if it was an assignment of sorts.)

I was immediately drawn into the characters and the mood of this book. Mr. Mapes scored big on my reading scale; I can tell you that!

He wrote it in first person, meaning from the rock star main character's point of view. What is really cool though is that he wrote it in the past and in the present. Starting in the past with a normal type font, the rock star--Everet Lester -- begins to tell the tale of his abusive past and his rise to fame as the lead singer of a rough rock-n-roll band named Death Stroke. Wonderfully, Mr. Mapes takes the reader into the present where Everet Lester is on trial for Murder One. This is done in bold print so the reader will recognize the difference right away. While in jail and on trial, Everet writes his memoirs (the past that the reader is reading).

Mr. Mapes skillfully winds the reader around the twisted life of a rock idol...delving into the drugs, alcohol, and sex (not explicit) that goes along with this lifestyle. He also depicts the tendency that many stars have to seek out psychics...leading the star into a darker spiritual realm.

Even so, Everet Lester has an anyonomous friend praying for him.

I hope I've made you thirsty for more! Go buy his book...really, you will not be disappointed. Creston Mapes also answers e-mail and will hopefully leave a lovely comment here as well...*hint--hint* Creston!

13 comments:

Creston said...

Mimi,

Thanks for the shining review of DARK STAR, and for letting me know you'd posted it. I'm grateful and we hope God will be glorified by the novel. Watch for book two in the Rock Star Chronicles in March 06. Blessings! Creston

BagOfNothing.com said...

written in the first person and in past and present seems like an interesting concept. thanks for the review

M. C. Pearson said...

Creston~ So glad you visited...yes, I will post my review on Amazon.com for you! Can't wait for your next book.

Baggy~ Thanks for reading the review...I always enjoy your hilarious blog.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

If I hadn't read it already, you'd have made be want to buy the book....Good job, I'm glad you're really enthusiastic about THIS one! :-)

M. C. Pearson said...

Bonnie~ Can't wait to read what you thought about it!

Bonnie is also a member of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Fred said...

Another good reason to start reading again. I've been concentrating on world history books for my classes, and am just about ready to get back to other stuff. Hmmmm. I might have to give this a try.

Pirate said...

I haven't rocked with too many Chrisitan groups. This one seems good though.

Trinity13 said...

Sounds interesting. I'll see if the library will have it in soon.

M. C. Pearson said...

Fred~ I hope you'll be able to have time! It is a fast read.

Pirate~ The main character is not a Christian and it is definately not a Christian Rock Band but the book ROCKS! Hope you like it.

Trinity13~ Yeah, maybe you can put in a request for it at the Library?

Dee said...

DarkStar is good. It's unique, timely, relevant, and worth your time. WIth so many other things vying for our time (movies, satellite, games) Books are almost last resort entertaiment in our work now. Unless you want to get rich quick or find the secret to living longer or losing weight. We read to learn something that will help our private mission. We read Christian fiction for more than that. Creston gives us what we need...not just entertainment...but a reason for why we put up and pray for bad relatives, horrible bosses, and the like. Glad to see others are giving Creston his due. He's a very sweet man, if you haven't met him in person yet.

M. C. Pearson said...

Dee~ loved your review...you have such a way with words!!!

The Curmudgeon's Rant said...

DARKSTAR rocks and so does your blog. God bless.

Curm

M. C. Pearson said...

curm~ Yes, Creston did a great job...and thanks for the compliment. I'm still laughing over you beesting post. (Mostly because it didn't happen to me!)