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review 2017-06-11 18:50
Hekla's Children - James Brodgen

Teacher Nathan Brookes leaves four pupils alone during a field trip in a national park. Within minutes, they have disappeared. A girl called Liv returns, but she has no memory of where she’s been. When a body is found years later, it is first believed to be one of the children, but is identified as a Bronze Age man. Yet Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the missing students. Then Liv reappears, desperate that the man be reburied. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay...




I enjoyed this a lot! An awesome plot steeped in British myth and legend's it made for a really good read. In places it got a bit confusing, but I loved how it all mended together. I haven't actually read a plot quite like this Ever. It was modern and well thought out, it's not like your typical horror that's been done time and time again. This is original and new in some aspect's Highly recommended.





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review 2014-06-28 01:14
Skip it
The Heracliad: The Epic Saga of Hercules - Richard Bertematti

Disclaimer: Digital ARC via Netgalley.

                I tried. I really did. I really, really tried.

                I don’t like this book. I couldn’t finish it.

                The idea is good. Perhaps, if I didn’t know the stories already. Perhaps if I hadn’t watched the Hercules series.

                Perhaps if I was younger.

                There is great attention to detail. Great knowledge on display about ancient myth and history. Full points for that. Bertematti has done his research nicely.

                The writing is absolutely too wordy and too dull. It needs to be cut down and given some vigor. Otherwise very few people are going to make it all the way though the book.

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review 2014-06-21 02:29
Much Better than I thought it would be
New England's Scariest Stories and Urban... New England's Scariest Stories and Urban Legends - Cathy McManus

Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley

                I actually was pleasantly surprised by this little book. This is a collection of urban legends or myths about New England. The most well known starts the book off. This would be the story of Champ, America’s version of Loch Ness (in fact, it seems at least every continent, if not country has one of these). The sources used in this section range the gamut from older material to more modern sources. There is even some science thrown in for good measure.

                Champ is probably the best known story outside of New England, and the other stories I was not familiar with at all. There are, however, some variations of them in other sections. New Jersey seems to have version of the Dover Demon and the Pigman. Philadelphia has a variation of the throne mentioned in the chapter about the The Little People’s Village.

                And that chapter is actually a nice and surprising one. I love reading books like these because of the folklore and history that are contained in them. Too often, however, authors take some of the stories so seriously. It has a ghost, it’s scary and it must be true. It’s nice to see that Pardis and McManus don’t check their brains out there. The research involved their journeying to the places describe and checking out sources. Sometimes, this means they debunk the story, or to be more accurate, tell the reader the true history.

                I have to say that the weakest part for me of this book was the use of Wikipedia in the source listing. I should note that it is my own personal dislike for the use of it as a source. The book does not read like a reworded Wikipedia entry, and Pardis and McManus are at least honest in including. While the book’s tone and style are not quite up to the level of L.B. Taylor Jr’s great books about Virginia, it is an enjoyable read and nicely illustrated with photographs.

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review 2014-05-28 18:06
Charlemagne and the Paladins (Myths and Legends 10) - Julia Cresswell

Disclaimer: ARC courtesy Netgalley and Osprey publishing.  Also the book is illustrated but the ARC did not include all the illustrations.  What illustrations there were great, but since not all were present I won’t be mentioning the illustrations in the review below.


                My favorite Charlemagne stories are, without a doubt, the Italian Romances that feature the woman paladin Bradamante.  There is also an adult level of humor in these translations.            


   This volume in Osprey’s excellent series of Myths and Legends does mention the Italian Romances, yet does not include the R rated bits, making it an excellent introduction to the legends and history of Charlemagne and his knights.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-04-30 21:02
Modern View
Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun: An Athabaskan Indian Legend from Alaska - Velma Wallis


                My reaction to this is based on my modern, feminist perspective.  I know this beyond a doubt.  And it is impossible to talk about my reaction to this book without spoilers, so sorry.

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