How to Drink Ale and Glare About Fiercely

”At the worst, the game will soon be played, and others will stand where we have stood, and strive where we have striven, and fail as we have failed, and so on, till man has worked out his doom, and the Gods cease from their wrath, or Ragnarök come upon […]

21st Century Eyrbyggja Saga

I recently finished reading Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland by Jeff Janoda and what an immersive experience it was! The book is billed as a modern retelling/novelization of Eyrbyggja Saga, which is correct, but also slightly misleading because the book really just focuses on a fraction of the overall […]

Keep On Rockin’ in the Norse World

It’s plague season, so I entertained myself by jumping on the ol’ Bookshop bandwagon. By which I mean: I created a list of obscure Norse-inspired books on the site, which is still only in beta-mode. It serves as a nice counterpoint to Amazon, though, because a portion of proceeds go […]

Cryogenically Frozen Fantasy Vikings

“‘If the King says, “Charge that army over there,” and you say, “Which one?” and he says, “The one that outnumbers us twentyfold in that superb natural defensive position just under that hill with the sheep,” then you do it. And if it works you say, “What a brilliant general […]

How to Dally with Whores and Lose Kingdoms

“The sea was dark like iron, flecked with white horses, and with a livid band of light in the far distance. There was a biting wind blew from the north-east. ‘Wither shall we sail now?’ asked Biorn, ‘if we be not to be drowned?’ Styrbiorn answered and said, ‘We will […]

Gateways to Trolldom

For those who have ever wondered: “Why isn’t there a general interest book dedicated solely to the history of trolls, their various forms of misbehavior, and the human world’s changing perception towards them as documented through literature and art over the past 1000 years?” Well, wonder no more! Because back […]

New England Coastal Sampo

“This was Estonindian black metal dub. Music for wounded bears as they shrugged off tranquilizer darts. A genre so conclusively suicide-inducing, blue-ribbon Congressional panels were afraid to listen to it. If Francis Scott Key had been a ninth-century raider whose head was still throbbing and clanging from an ax-blow to […]

Lo There Do I See Historical Viking Fiction

This is a pretty impressive directory of Viking-related historical fiction novels: http://www.historicalnovels.info/Medieval-Scandinavia.html And to make matters even more stimulating, that list doesn’t even include tangentially-Viking historical fiction, such as Bernard Cornwell’s highly arousing Saxon Tales. There’s a whole ‘nother directory specifically devoted to medieval Anglo-Saxon historical fiction on the site, […]

The Voyage of the Short Serpent

Rather than epic and badass, I would describe The Voyage of the Short Serpent by twisted Frenchman, Bernard du Boucheron, as short and quirky. It’s a funky little story about an Icelandic mission sent to Greenland during its final days of Norse inhabitation. Lots of gruesome ongoings take place in […]

Orkanpartyt

Orkanpartyt (The Hurricane Party) is the title of Klas Östergren’s contribution to the Myth Series of novels, and it’s awesome. It’s a retelling of Loki’s final act of betrayal, but set in a hellish, future Stockholm (or at least what I presume to be Stockholm, based on the descriptions in […]

Men Who Hate Women

I was out prowling the streets of Boston and noticed advertisements for Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo plastered all over the MBTA’s busses because it has just been released in paperback. I always thought it was somewhat pathetic that the English language publishers refused to release this […]