Some time ago – I forget, exactly, how much, or even vaguely how much – the CSFF blog tour reviewed the entire Staff and Sword trilogy, written by Patrick W. Carr. Now Patrick Carr is back, and so are we. His new book is called The Shock of Night, and it is the beginning of the Darkwater Saga.
Question: Does “saga” mean it will have more than three books? Answer: Probably, but you never know for sure. Even though a three-book series is by definition a “trilogy”, we cannot rule out it being labeled a “saga”. Sometimes authors just want to sound cool.
There is one element of this book that I would like to bring up here, because I will probably be too busy making real points in my review to bring it up there. One character – a very tough character, a character who can kill men almost faster than the eye can follow – is named Bolt. This name did not really work for me, because it is the name of the eponymous hero of the movie Bolt, who was – as you may recall, and I certainly do – a dog who lived in a Hollywood-created delusion that he had superpowers. When I read “Bolt” on the pages of Patrick Carr’s book, quite often the voice of Mittens (a companion of the other Bolt) echoed in my head: “Bolt!” And this in a New York accent.
Let me know if you experienced the same thing, or even thought of the movie Bolt. I want to know if I’m the only person making this association.
Now for the links:
The Shock of Night on Amazon;
The Shock of Night on Goodreads;
the website of author Patrick Carr, who evidently never saw Bolt;
and finally, our intrepid reviewers:
Thomas Clayton Booher
Carol Bruce Collett
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
5 thoughts on “CSFF Blog Tour: Bolt”
To me, ‘Bolt’ is what I call those things in the neck of Frankenstein’s monster. I’ve been spared the dog thing. I liked the book, but then again I haven’t finished it.
I think Patrick Carr was thinking ‘Bolt’ as in ‘thunder bolt’, which incidentally is where the dog got it, too. But we readers have all these other associations …
Anyway, thanks for your comment.
No, I didn’t see the movie so had no association with it. I don’t think I would have anyway. I mean, this is, as Nissa pointed out in her post, an adult book. And the character is so enigmatic. I was trying to figure him out for the longest time—feared him, hoped he would come through when needed. I didn’t know what to make of him for ever so long.
I thought Bolt was on Dura’s side to an unreasonable degree, but overall, he was a good character. I enjoyed his “soldier quotes” – a nice bit of humor in this serious book.
Anyway, I have no complaint against the name, just an association that amused me while reading the book. Thanks for commenting, Becky!