The gas station bathroom off route 44 is completely lined with white tiles.
–C. Gockel - I bring the Fire : part 1 : Wolves - c.2014
Amy Lewis is travelling home with her little mongrel dog, Fenrir, when she narrowly misses a deer, and flips her car. It is night time, and the road is not exactly high volume, so she is delighted when a fellow traveller stops. But that soon turns to horror when she discovers that this is no good Samaritan. She is rescued by another stranger, but this “Good Stranger” turns out to be stranger than she could possibly have imagined.I’m not one hundred per cent sure where this book was recommended to me. It is self-published and available for free on the amazon kindle, so it was easy to get and wouldn’t cost me anything. I’m so glad whomever recommended it recommended it because it was just the sort of book I was looking for today.
After finishing Kindred I was looking for a lighter book. And this is, it is the tale of the Norse “god” Loki in the modern world. But it isn’t one of those so nonsense it goes straight out of your head books. The characters are really well realised and the story was just perfect for me today.1 Amy is maybe a little innocent for the modern world, but I’m guessing there is back story there, and it isn’t an innocence that feels forced or unrealistic. And it isn’t with regards to everything, she has a certain amount of street smarts, but she certainly isn’t a world-weary character, or one who knows the answer to everything. She is, in many ways, an utterly average person. Refreshing.
As for the character of Loki, well, Gockel has her own interpretation of him. He isn’t exactly as you might expect if you know him from the Avengers, but he does have that sort of a vibe to him. He isn’t evil but has done bad things. And I couldn’t help but picture Tom Hiddleston as him, with that exact Avengers armour and all, even if he isn’t described as that in the book.
His past, bits of which I am somewhat familiar with, is revealed through flashbacks and memories. Thor doesn’t really come out of this story too well. It isn’t that he is the bad guy or anything, just that he doesn’t engage his brain enough to question orders.
A lot of this story seems to almost be build-up, not in a bad lets get going already sort of a way, but just filling us in on the background of Loki and his relationships with the various other Asgardians, as well as how he arrived on earth this time round.
Did I mention it also has dinosaurs? Well, it does. Plus plenty of modern mentions of gods in films and comic books, which is entirely realistic, because, well, you would wouldn’t you?
Highly recommended. I’m off to buy part two now.
What with this and <a type=amzn asin="B00869SADQ">Thorn by Intisar Khanani</a> I’m really having luck at the moment with self-published authors ↩