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review 2015-08-17 00:00
King Harald's Saga
King Harald's Saga - Snorri Sturluson,Magnus Magnusson,Hermann Pálsson Introduction
Note on the Translation

--King Harald's Saga

Genealogical Tables
Glossary of Proper Names
Chronological Table, 1030-66
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review 2014-10-04 22:58
Tales from Viking Times by Magnus Magnusson
Tales from Viking Times - Magnus Magnuss... Tales from Viking Times - Magnus Magnusson

bookshelves: autumn-2014, mythology, fraudio, historical-fiction, iceland, ghosties-ghoulies, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, war, vikings, under-10-ratings, published-1985, lifestyles-deathstyles, fantasy, amusing, adventure

Read from October 03 to 04, 2014


From the back cover:

"In this personal selection of stories, Magnus Magnusson, himself a descendant of the Vikings tells the Tales from Viking times he grew up with, ranging from folk tales about elves and fairies and ghosts to the great Sagas of heroism and high drama involving Viking champions and their gods."

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1. The Sybil's Prophecy

2. Icelandic Folk Tales

3. The Deacon of Darkriver

4. Saemund and the Seal

Sculpture by Ásmundur Sveinsson in front of the main building of the University of Iceland of Sæmundur killing a diabolical seal.

5. The Execution of the Jomsvikings

6. Authun and the Bear

7. Canute and the Waves

8. Egil's Saga

9. The Mediterranean Expedition

10. St. Magnus

11. Magnus Barelegs

12. The First Magnus

13. The Berserkers

Berserker Lewis chess pieces in the British Museum collection

14. The Story of the Burning of Njal

4* The Vikings
4* Tales from Viking Times
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review 2014-04-01 02:25
The Vikings
The Vikings - Magnus Magnusson

For someone like me who had little knowledge of the Vikings (except for common misconceptions) before reading this book, this was a fascinating and informative read. Magnus Magnusson manages to take readers back to the Viking Age and discusses the Viking culture through archeological finds, sagas about famous Vikings, and other aides. I really liked that this book was broken up into chapters that discussed the different areas in which the Vikings were prevalent. It made it easier to read about the countries and their Viking history one at a time as opposed to altogether at once. This book provided me not only with knowledge about the Vikings but also a good list of sagas to read (the book doesn't actually make a list of sagas but I noted all the sagas Magnusson mentioned and plan on reading some if not most of them). If you are curious about Vikings and want to read about the Viking Age and culture than I would definitely recommend this book to you. Thanks to SusannaG for recommending this book to me.

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text 2014-03-31 15:03
Status Updates: Currently Reading
The Vikings - Magnus Magnusson
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

So once again I've decided to post my reading updates together. Last night I was feeling emotional (okay, sobbing like a little baby) while watching the final two Harry Potter movies (AbcFamily had another Harry Potter weekend) and I was going to post this long emotional post about how books, specifically the Harry Potter series, have affected my life but thankfully I am no longer a blubbering mess and you all will sadly have to go without my emotional ramblings. So on to the reading updates:


Currently Reading:


The Vikings by Magnus Magnusson: Page 248 out of 320

I am hoping to have this finished today. I feel like this is a great resource for someone like me that doesn't have much knowledge about Vikings but would like to learn more. This has also provided me with a list of Sagas that I would like to read, specifically those written by Snorri Sturluson.


Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon: 43% completed

Sigh...I know that I said that I would probably take a while to read this but I have now decided to just rip the damn band-aid off. I'm not going to start another book until I've finished this one. I am just wondering when this book will finally move on from Paris. It seems like they have been there forever. I really love these characters and is it bad that I just want to see them happy?

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text 2014-03-27 17:50
Status Updates: Currently Reading and Re-Reading
The Vikings - Magnus Magnusson
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon
Fragments - Dan Wells

Instead of doing reading updates separately for each of the books that I am reading I thought that I would group them all together. Right now I am reading The Vikings by Magnus Magnusson, Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, and re-reading Fragments by Dan Wells. I am finding it hard to keep my concentration on one book right now and keep jumping around between these three (it kind of reminds me of when I put my iPod on shuffle and basically skip around a lot through the tracks).


Currently Reading:


The Vikings by Magnus Magnusson: Page 179 out of 320

This book is really fascinating. It takes a look at the Viking Age and really puts to rest the common yet false perception of the Vikings. I loved getting to read a little about Norse mythology in the beginning (and I am definitely interested in learning more about it) and I really like how this book is broken up into the different areas where the Vikings lived. Magnusson really mentions the Sagas a lot and I am eager to really look those up.


Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon: 40% completed

I can't say that I wasn't warned about this book. A character that I despise and that almost all the other characters despise has suddenly returned to the story. I just knew that something was going to happen that I didn't like. This book is giving me a knot in my stomach when I read it now. I was reading it slowly before but now I think I'll be reading it even slower. Damn it Claire, I blame all of this on you. Why can't the characters just be happy for once.


Currently Re-Reading:


Fragments by Dan Wells: 4% completed

I just re-read the first book of the series and the prequel novella (which I recommend to read after you read the first book) and am now re-reading this book because the last book in the series was just recently released. After I re-read the other book and novella I went back and read my reviews and I feel exactly the same about the books now as I did back then. I am starting to remember what happens in this one and I am really excited to re-read it.

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