CSFF Blog Tour: Wayne Thomas Batson

Elizabeth Goddard Uncategorized 8 Comments


I began reading The Door Within to my sons several nights ago. Understand, they’ve just come off reading Eragon and seeing the movie, greatly disappointed, of course, with the movie. At ages seven and eight, they’ve still not learned that books are far better than movies will ever be! You have to understand, too, that my boys live in a fantasy world of role playing through their PS 2. So I’m more than thrilled that they’ve listened through at least one long novel. And now. . .they’re interested in yet another. We may save this generation yet.

To my eight year old, everything is a dragon.

Aiden looked left, right, up, down. At first he didn’t see anything. But then, up the road that ran in front of his house, there was a shadow. It was wide, spanning the road at times, and it was moving fast. That’s what caught Aidan’s eye. And even through the glass, Aidan heard a pecular swooshing sound. Aiden looked up to the sky. . .

After I read the above portion to my son, he said, “I know, it must be a dragon!” Now, mind you, I haven’t finished the story, so I have no clue if there was a dragon in that scene. But every night when I’ve finished a chapter, my sons want to read more. They want to know what happens next. In this world of 24/7 cartoons, Gameboys, Play Stations, internet–you know what I’m saying–in this world of multi-tasking distractions, only the good books can hold attention.

SFFworld.com published a review of Batson’s book in 2005. Here’s an excerpt of Mr. Bedford’s review and I wholeheartedly agree.

Publishers did an excellent job with the beautiful packaging, as well as the blue-off color pages and print. This really gave the book a special feel, that it was something out of the ordinary. With those two substantial markets to reach, Batson should see a wide audience with this easily-accessible fantasy saga.

You can read the review in its entirety here.

You must visit the official website. It’s a flash site. I LOVE flash and it’s appropriate for fantasy readers. . .all of those visual effects. For a promotional video go here.

To purchase any of the books, click on the following links: The Door Within, Rise of the Wyrm Lord, The Final Storm

Be sure to visit the other participants. And come back tomorrow. I’ll try to be informative:)

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Frank Creed
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James Somers
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
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Daniel I. Weaver

Comments 8

  1. WayneThomasBatson

    Hey, Beth! Glad your kids like The Door Within so far. In its formative stages, The Door Within was a serial. I was teaching 7th grade at a middle school here in Maryland. I’d had a novella version and read it to my students. They bugged me and bugged me to write more. SO…each week, I’d churn out a new chapter, always trying to leave the kids hanging. And heaven help me if I didn’t have the next chapter finished on time! YIPE.

  2. Becky

    KC, I don’t think sixth graders are too old. In many respects, any younger and the last book might be too hard to handle.

    Beth, this is an excellent intro. Nothing speaks more highly of a book than the reaction of those to whom it was intended.

    Becky

  3. WayneThomasBatson

    KC, a 6th grader is by no means too old. Of course, you might expect the author to say such things. LOL But really, I wrote The Door Within with Tweens (that wonderful 10-15 corridor) in mind. I teach 6th and 7th graders, so the trilogy books have been field tested and “kid approved.”

  4. Katya

    I find that as long as a YA book is well written, it can span generations. I know that I, as an adult, still enjoy good YA fiction. Maybe I’ve just refused to grow up 🙂

    Great intro, Beth! Can’t wait to hear what else you have to say!

  5. pixydust

    My kids love this sort of stuff. They have the Lord of the Rings movies memorized and we zipped through the Spiderwick books in like a week. They love the Narnia books and keep beggin me to read them Eragon (I could barely get through it the first time I read it for myself, so I’m not in a huge hurry to read it out-loud ;)). They’re always seeking out the next exciting adventure, but as a mom it’s hard to weed through and find stuff that won’t warp your kid permanently. The Door Within books are now in the stack “to be read to my kids” and I’m really looking forward to getting to it. I can’t wait to see them delve into the new world Wayne’s created.

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