Friday, January 4, 2013

Michael Offutt Oculus blog tour stop with giveaway!!!

The Allegorical Element of Oculus

I have a confession. I use allegory. For those of you unfamiliar with allegory, it’s a device in which characters or events represent or symbolize ideas and concepts.

Jordan Pendragon is named thus because in the end, the whole “A Crisis of Two Worlds” is about the prophecy that “The Once and Future King” will someday return. I hope to my readers, that they will be surprised by this because I think I’ve hidden it pretty well.

There are two worlds…one is called Earth and the other is Avalon. Well Avalon in Welsh legend is an island surrounded by mist that separates it from Earth. In my books, Avalon is the world across the skin of the mirror…it’s the thing that stares back at you whenever you gaze into a reflection. But to actually cross over to it is a horse of a different color.

There’s a sword called Caledfwlch which some may recognize as the Welsh name for “Excalibur.” And there’s a reason I use this other name. It’s far less known, and I think, will come with far less baggage than the conventional name. The sword when it’s recovered in the third book, will be a miraculous device, capable of changing shape to whatever its wielder wants. This includes a silver snowboard or a rifle, or even a silver design that wraps itself about the entire arm like a tattoo sleeve from a professional artist.

Do you like it when stories you read have allegorical elements?

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Now for the giveaway part of the tour.  There will be six signed copies given away tour wide so good luck everyone!

Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon attends his first classes as a freshman at Cornell. Born with a brilliant mathematical mind, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.

But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.

October finds Jordan earning a starting position with the Cornell hockey team. But a dark cloud gathers over his rookie season. Unexplained deaths, whispers of a cannibal cult, a prophecy, and a stone known only as the Oculus, cast a shadow over his athletic ambitions. It is the start of a terrifying journey down a path of mystery, murder, and to a confrontation with an Evil more ancient than the stars.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today :) i shall do my best to get ppl to visit!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Michael. Hope the tour is going well for so far.

  2. I really enjoy symbolism in books, it makes the stories even more fascinating.

  3. Yes I know, I'm late again in making a comment, Michael. Sorry.

    I love that you're using Arthurian legends as allegory in your novel. I use allegories, symbolism, maybe some foreshadowing a little bit in my stories, but it sounds as if you've really plotted out this aspect of your book in a more substantial way. I'm impressed.