Friday, April 8, 2011

Tales Of The Dim Knight by Adam & Andrea Graham


Here it is, one of the most unique books I have read in a while! I think we all grow up knowing at least a few Superheroes, and some know more than others. I didn't watch too very many cartoons growing up, but I did watch many of the old Superheroes, such as all the Superman movies. The wonderful old black and white Superman series, and several other things that are very "antiquated" for my age bracket I am told. None the less, we love them for their honesty, fighting for justice, and just plain being a good clean hero. 

You are not likely to find a hero quite so into cleaning as David Johnson. He is a janitor, in the FBI building. He spends his night cleaning, and his days trying to understand Lois Lane, err, his wife Naomi. When he isn't doing that he is reading comic books, or playing with action figures with the youngest of his two sons. His oldest has about had it with him and his non-grown up, not very ambitious ways. 

But as things always do, everything changes for David when he winds up with an Alien attached to him! Yes, you read that right. A symbiotic alien life-form, Zolgon, has been sentenced by Creator to cope with human hosts until he learns the lesson that he hasn't learned yet. And for this Zolgon winds up integrating with the lowly, uneducated man with aspirations of herodom.  Because of  Zolgon David's powers have extremely few limitations. In fact, David himself has more limitations than his superpowers.  

Being a Superhero comes with drawbacks, and not matter how heroic, flaws. Those flaws become more and more obvious as David transforms himself into Powerhouse, and then The Emerald Avenger, and tries his best to fight crime, and do good, yet fails in so many different ways because he lacks the power of Christ. 

Reverend Jones was one of my favorite charters, and Crusader was also pivotal, as well as near the end of this book. I really have to commend Adam and Andrea on how they did the final scene for young "Jimmy Olsen" in this book. That was extremely SUPER! (Pun intended!)

Tales Of The Dim Knight has so much to it! It has slap-stick comedy, and yet it is deadly serious in areas concerning Heaven and Hell. Tales Of The Dim Knight shows the flaws that make us human, and the power that only comes from the One who can fix it all. At first I was a little thrown off with some of the chapters, because so many are good enough they could have stood on their own. I was quickly over that, excited that reading this book was like getting to sit and just watch several DVD's of a really good TV Series. When it ending I hoped that Adam and Andrea Graham will find a way to grace us with a "sequel", that we have not seen the last of this average David, Superhero Supreme. 

Carol :) 
About the Book:
Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when a symbiotic alien gives him supernatural powers, but what's he to do with them? Follow his zany adventures as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement.

The first chapter can be read here:

About the Authors:
Adam Graham is a multi-talented author known for his wit and poignancy. His political column appears on and Renew America. He also has short stories published in the anthology Light at the Edge of Darkness, and in the Laser & Sword e-zine. He hosts the Truth and Hope Report podcast, as well as the Old Time Dragnet Radio Show,Great Detectives of Old Time Radio  and the Old Time Superman Radio Show
Mr. Graham holds a general studies Associate of Arts degree from Flathead Valley Community College with a concentration in Journalism. He tweets at @idahoguy, @dimknight and @radiodetectives.

Andrea Graham co-authored Adam’s first novel, Tales of the Dim Knight. Her short story “Frozen Generation” also appeared in Light at the Edge of Darkness. She studied creative writing and religion at Ashland University. Visit her online at and Ask Andrea, or follow her tweets @povbootcamp.
Adam and Andrea live with their cat, Joybell, in Boise, Idaho. They are members of several writers groups, including Lost Genre Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers. Adam is president of their local ACFW chapter, Idahope.

VISIT the official site:
Would Tales of the Dim Knight Be A Good Book for My Kids? - Helping you whip flabby novel manuscripts into shape.       -   Laser & Sword Magazine -  Devotionals, book reviews, and Christian advice blog

Tour Participants Include:
3/17/11 James Somers
3/27/11 David James
4/1/11 April Erwin
4/3/11 Phyllis Wheeler
4/4/11 Noah Arsenault
4/4/11 Sarah Sawyer
4/5/11 Tammy Shelnut
4/6/11 Timothy Hicks
4/7/11 Joan Nienhuis
4/8/11 Carol E. Keen
4/11/11 Morgan L. Busse
4/14/11 Emily LaVigne
4/15/11 Chawna Schroeder
4/22/11 Frank Creed
4/28/11 Beckie Burnham
5/3/11 Amy Cruson

1 comment:

Andrea Graham said...

Thanks, Carol. I happen to agree--Jimmy Olsen's last scene is one of my favorites in the whole book. Adam hasn't written a sequel yet, but I think we'll steer clear of parodying the TV superheroes' episodic nature and oft lack of continuity next time. ;)