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Sunday, March 15, 2009

ANNOUNCING A VANTILLIAN FANTASY NOVEL: THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX

ANNNOUCING






A VANTILLIAN FANTASY NOVEL





THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX







By Forrest Schultz





Let me begin by saying that I am not kidding. I just finished reading a Vantillian fantasy novel. I really did. And the title of it really is The Wordsmith, The Kid, and The Electrolux.


I know it sounds strange because when you think of Van Til and something being Vantillian, you think of philosophy and theology and world-view. You do not think of literature, and you certainly do not think of fantasy literature! Now you might think of the Vantillian method of analyzing the thought in a work of literature (including fantasy). But you do not think of a work of literature itself, esp. not a work of fantasy, as itself BEING Vantillian!! Yet, here we have an example, the one I just noted.




Now because this is indeed a work of literature, i.e. because it tells a story, I cannot proceed to conduct the kind of analysis you expect by a Vantillian on a work of non-fiction. The reason, of course, is clear. I do not want to "give away the story". I do not know how I can analyze it without doing just that. So I shall refrain from doing so and will simply ask you to read the story for yourself. I am not going to need to prove to you that this is a Vantillian fantasy because, to use one of my favorite vantillianisms, its fantasy character will be "self-attesting" to you after you have read it. If you know what the Van Til Perspective is and if you understand what you are reading in this story, its vantillian nature will indeed be self-attesting.




I will tell you just a bit about the author, though. His name is Clifford Leigh, and you can learn about him by visiting his website at http://www.cliffleigh.com/. It is a beautiful website, which is not surprising, because Leigh is an artist as well as a writer. In fact he designed the front and rear covers of the book, the few pictures within the text, and the pictures accompanying the chapter titles.




The book was published by Oak Tara Publishers based in Waterford, VA. Their website is http://www.oaktara.com/. The publication date is 2008, the page count is 229, the price is $16.95 and the ISBN is: 978-1-60290-049-3




OK, that's it.




Good Reading!!




Sincerely,




Forrest

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