Is this Ragnarok, or just California?
The NorseCODE genome project was designed to identify descendants of Odin. What it found was Kathy Castillo, a murdered MBA student brought back from the dead to serve as a Valkyrie in the Norse god's army. Given a sword and a new name, Mist's job is to recruit soldiers for the war between the gods at the end of the world - and to kill those who refuse to fight.
But as the twilight of the gods descends, Mist makes other plans.
Journeying across a chaotic American landscape already degenerating into violence and madness, Mist hopes to find her way to Helheim, the land of the dead, to rescue her murdered sister from death's clutches. To do so, she'll need the help of Hermod, a Norse god bumming around Los Angeles with troubles of his own. Together they find themselves drafted into a higher cause, trying to do what fate long ago deemed could not be done: save the world of man. For even if myths aren't made to be broken, it can't hurt to go down fighting...can it?
©2009 Greg Van Eekhout (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Different. I don't like to say better, because the book was amazing when I read it back in 2009. However, that said, Dave Thompson does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
The imagery of Southern California, the action, the sideways story line. And, the fact that this is fantasy for adults who want some depth to the characters. I love having a Hispanic Norse character. It's just so modern and fresh!
Dave Thompson's work is stellar. He has a nice baritone quality that is comfortable to listen to. and he doesn't overact the characters or make them more or less than the author would want. This reading is similar to his reading of Briarpatch.
There were moments of incredible beauty in this book that I will never forget. Some of the description is so spot on that I could see the image in my head. Wonderful stuff.
This is up there with my favorites so far.
It's hard to say whether I liked Mist, Hermod, or Grimnir the most, so I'm going to say there was a three way tie. Unless I can choose Winston as my favorite.
I always love a story where the characters are all likable. No one is perfect, they're all quite flawed people (or Gods) but they're all fleshed out and real seeming.
There were many scenes that I loved, but there were a few that stand out. The diner scene with the Sybil (when she's wearing the Vikings cap with a missing horn) made me laugh. There was one line in particular that had me literally laugh out loud and replay it more than thrice...I don't want to spoil it as Dave Thompson read it splendidly, but it was about other people's Dwarven items...I may take that line and make it a digital signature, it's that awesome.
The relationship between Mist and Hermod is beautiful.
Dave Thompson knocked the narration out of the park. Some of the names were tricky for me to identify, or would have been with a different narrator, I think. His pronunciation was clear enough to help me keep the characters apart.
Greg Van Eekhout has written an extremely enjoyable and entertaining tale and I look forward to reading (listening?) to more from him!
I believe that the story lacked direction, that the reveals were all too obvious and the story was overall poor.
Something faster-paced and less predictable. I love the norse mythos and this was disappointing.
He did an adequate job, nothing spectacular, but passable.
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