|Author: Donald Templeman
Title: The Planet of Mortal Worship
Category: Genre Fiction
At times the novel, with its lovely use of metaphor and synonym read more like poetry than prose. Certain settings, such as the Bius Basillica and the dungeon where Panla was held prior to her ascendance and after it was renovated, were particularly visual, as were the various morphings of people and planets.
I also chuckled over the play on names such as Baloni, Rabbel Mennis, Trullop, Pigue, Egs Bloyt, and all the others.
One of the scenes I particularly enjoyed was with Panla and the old man in the nursing home.
The cover, both front and back are eye catching and beautifully drawn. In addition, they reflect the tone and the subject (religion, deviltry, time travel, magic, SF) of the novel.
Author Templeman, (interesting name considering the subject matter and his penchant for bastardizing names) is a skilled writer and an accomplished story teller...the book offers a smorgasbord of food for thought and it would be a shame to miss it.
|12th Annual International Book Awards|
"This Protagonist is Ingenious!"
The Planet of Mortal Worship by Donald I. Templeman is epic in scope, and the plot is intricate and original.
Although Christian apocalyptic fantasy is a popular genre, this novel has a unique and unusual protagonist. The author uses a great deal of creative license, fashioning characters not found in the Bible, but possessing spiritual abilities. The protagonist is likely the most atypical to be found in an adult novel, even of the fantasy genre. The imagery used to describe Crilen, an angelic sort of fire warrior, is vivid and captivating. Using fire as a tool of a heavenly being is an interesting choice, as is putting Crilen under the temporary charge of a demon. This protagonist is ingenious.