In Which The Blogger Attempts To Understand Why Someone Would Put A Map On Their Skin…
Yesterday I introduced the latest book in the pantheon of great CSFF blog tours: The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. Just the idea of a map tattooed on someone is intriguing. But wait, there’s more!
The book follows Kit Livingstone, a rather boring and average Brit, on his way to his average and boring girlfriend’s flat. That is, until he ends up in a little alleyway in London, soaking wet from a fierce storm, confronted by his great-grandfather, seeming to be pretty spry for a dead guy.
His great-grandfather Cosimo explains that people have discovered a way to travel to alternate dimensions or universes via “ley lines.” Cosimo and Kit have this unusual ability, and it is up to them to find the Skin Map. The most prolific traveler had the routes tattooed on his abdomen so it would be secure. Or so it would seem.
Kit doesn’t know what to think of this crazy old man, but he does know his no-nonesense girlfriend Wilhelmina isn’t pleased by his late arrival due to a dimensional detour. When he tries to show her how it works, he loses Mina into an alternate timeline, and the race is on to find Mina and the Skin Map before too much chaos is caused. Unfortunately, the Lord Burleigh and his “Burley Men” are also on the hunt for this map, and they are not reserved in how they pursue it.
So what are these ley lines? It seems that many geographical features built by ancients in Britain follow straight lines and patterns. An enterprising fellow in the 1920’s noticed this, and it has become a favorite of New Agers and other kooky types, although there is apparently a strange energy associated with them. The ley lines are certainly good fodder for such a speculative fiction book. Blogging buddy Matt Mikalatos has a more information on them, so why duplicate his good work?
For more information, you can check out the book’s website. I’ll have my review of the book tomorrow, but if you just can’t wait, check out the rest of the inmates for more on The Skin Map.
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