I was completely new to the phrase "Blog Tour" when my first novel was published two years ago and wondered if it involved an air guitar. It doesn't. For novices such as I was, it is a week or so of very nice literary bloggers publishing a review every day on your new book which help it to reach a few thousand readers. In addition to the reviews appearing on their websites, they're also kind enough to paste them to the biggest online book review site, Goodreads. "It's all about building up reviews," apparently, or so my publisher told me. If you are intrigued enough to read 'Let The Swine Go Forth', a tale about everything that could possibly go wrong when a British school is set up in a totalitarian state, drop me a line and I will send you a complimentary ebook.
Today is the first of 10 reviews by Kate @bantambookworm ...
Having enjoyed A Blindefellow’s Chronicle last year, I jumped at the chance to read and review Let The Swine Go Forth. This new novel is not a collection of anecdotes in the same way in that it does follow a linear (ish) pattern, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get to know the central characters and immerse yourself in the life of the new school. The incidents that are retold in Let The Swine Go Forth range from the sublime to the ridiculous, but the writing style is so matter of fact that I could not help but find them amusing. Roe has flair for an acronym and these only enhance the humour throughout the novel.
Although he is a superb central character in his own right, Tristram Randolph is supported by a colourful cast. They each have a flaw based on one of the seven deadly sins, and whilst this means they are not always likeable, they are wonderfully observed and provide plenty of humour. We are also introduced to Tristram’s parents, and it is easy to see where his tendency for the dramatic comes from!
As Let The Swine Go Forth reaches its conclusion, the action does become more tense and I was intrigued as to where the plot would go. There are also clear political undertones which gave me food for thought as I was reading.
I am interested to find out what Roe will do next!