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A brief appearance

Don't feel like giving the detailed run down of my word counts; currently at about 45K.

This is not a full return, but merely a temporary one driven out of creative curiosity--what better motivation? I finally picked up a book on Norse mythology (a lovely, lovely collection called Nordic Gods and Heroes, by Padraic Colum) and had about half a dozen plot bunnies hopping around my head from the first ten pages along. I love this stuff. Why have I never stumbled across it before? Loki so needs to be in my next novel.

But I'm not the sort to go blundering ahead with something like that on the basis of one collection.

So, my readerly and writerly friends, I'm looking for suggestions: More comprehensive collections of the mythology, particularly ones that set it in historical/anthropological context (the one I have right now is just stories). Books that deal specifically with Norse society and culture. Critical commentary on the gods. Whatever. As long as it's both well-researched and readable--an engaging style is a definite plus; I get enough of the dry academics in my university readings.

I'd also like recommendations of fiction that has used Norse mythology (i.e., lifting actual characters and events, not lightly borrowing the way Tolkein appears to have done), so I can see what's already been done and how. Especially if it's YA, as the Loki novel will undoubtedly fall into that category.

Now I'd better go get on with Signi, so I can soon give those bunnies something to do other than breed in my brain.



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Jul. 12th, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)
Thre is a YA series called Everworld.....I read the first novel and didn't really want to continue, but there is a lot to deal with Loki and Thor ((and his hammer)).

Have fun.
Jul. 12th, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... The excerpts on the official site look kind of sketchy (the author seems to have a thing for sentence fragments), and it sounds like she's doing something pretty different from what I had in mind, but I think I'll check out at least the first book to see how she handled stuff like characterization. Thanks!
Jul. 12th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
Norse I can't help you with. If you need info on the Celts, I'm your girl. I recall that my hubby took a class on Norse mythology. It was tied in to Tolkein. I'll see if he remembers any good reads.
Jul. 12th, 2003 03:42 pm (UTC)
That'd be great if you'd ask him. :) And I'll keep you in mind if I get into anything Celtic-y. I'm most familiar with European folk tales (Bros Grimm and the like) and Greek/Roman mythology, gradually getting into the others... There's so much out there!
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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