Monday, March 24, 2008
Skid: by Rene Gutteridge
Publisher's Weekly is often hard on novels--particularly Christian novels--so it was with great delight that I read the following review of SKID by Rene Gutteridge. Of course it helps that I know and love Rene, who is a dear woman, very insightful, and a keen writer.
This book releases in May, but I thought you might want to know about it right away. I'm ordering a copy for my book club and hope they'll pick it up. You can order a copy here.
Here's that wonderful PW review:
"No Christian fiction novelist can tickle a funny bone like Gutteridge, and this installment in the Occupational Hazards series (Scoop; Snitch) doesn't disappoint and works easily as a stand-alone. Think Snakes on a Plane meets Airplane meets Billy Graham. Hank Hazard, a homeschooled, naive mime in the Hazard Clowns family troupe, has struggled to find his niche since his parents died in a freak hot tub accident. The 28-year-old's latest job foray is an an airline company spy for Atlantica, where he flies incognito to evaluate the service. Hank gets more than he bargains for on Flight 1945 to Amsterdam, which involves a rampaging pig, a senior flight attendant with hot flashes, some diamond thieves, a 103-year-old woman pronounced dead and an aging female pilot who pastes sticky notes on the windshield. Hank can't resist evangelizing the passengers, and somehow Gutteridge makes it work without seeming awkward. Gutteridge is a pro, from smooth point of view changes to snappy dialogue. What could have been cliched slapstick turns into unbridled hilarity in her capable hands, and the laughter doesn't stop until the wheels touch the tarmac.
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Doesn't that sound hilarious? I can't wait to read it.