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Sleipnir by Linda Evans

Sleipnir (edition 1994)

by Linda Evans (Author)

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Authors:Linda Evans (Author)
Info:Baen (1994)
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:format-baen-ebooks, free-at-one-time, science-fiction-fantasy, to-read-have-bought

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Sleipnir by Linda Evans



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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Neither the cover nor the blurb I had read about the book seemed that appealing to me. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The story was set in recent times, I believe near the end of the 20th century, in our current world. In this book, Norse mythology was real and the main character had a bone to pick with the god Odin.

I actually didn’t know the first thing about Norse mythology. However, this wasn’t a hindrance to my ability to understand and enjoy the book. I did read it on my Kindle PaperWhite, so I periodically used it to get the Wikipedia entries for some of the gods mentioned in the book. I don’t think that information was necessary for understanding the book, but it did enhance my enjoyment.

The book was fast paced and fun. There was a lot of action, and the action was well-written. Sometimes when I read action sequences in a book, I find they can be confusing because the author doesn’t clearly express exactly what’s happening in a way that I can follow. On the other hand, sometimes action sequences can be described in such excruciating detail that the urgency is lost and I’m altogether bored by them. The author of this book struck a very nice middle ground between those extremes. I enjoyed the action sequences and had no problem visualizing them in my mind.

The entire book is written in the first person view from the perspective of the main character (Randy). The book starts off switching between two time periods: the present, and a time slightly in the past where we learn what led Randy to his present endeavor. At that point in the book, I found the story from the past to be the more engaging one. Eventually, maybe a fourth of the way through the book, the events in the past catch up to the present and the rest of the book is finished in the present. By that point, the present story started to get a lot more interesting.

Randy is mouthy and sarcastic, although you don’t fully see that until you’ve gotten a little ways into the book. His reactions and the things he said added some humor to the book which I enjoyed. But there were several things that strained the credibility of the story. When Randy was outmatched physically, apparently he could talk his way out of just about anything. Not only did his bravado sometimes seem over-the-top, but it seemed unrealistic to me how often the other characters were either won over by that bravado or “put in their place” by it. It also seemed like a great many times he managed to survive a hairy situation through the power of dumb luck. My final nitpick is related to the female characters. It seemed like every female goddess in the book admired Randy and/or wanted to seduce him. I’m not normally one to complain just because every female character in a book isn’t strong and independent, but the actions from all the female characters got a little silly and I found it particularly surprising from a female author. However, in retrospect, maybe the author just intended that to be Randy’s perceptions of the females’ actions, and the idea was that Randy thought the females were all trying to seduce him! He did seem to have a bit of an ego.

The ending was fleshed out and detailed, and it didn’t stop shortly after the climax like so many stories do. I felt satisfied by the way everything was wrapped up. However, a new dilemma to be solved was raised by the end of the book, implying that maybe the book was originally intended to have a sequel. However, the slightly open ending didn’t really bother me because everything I was invested in had been wrapped up. The ending left me with the sense that Randy’s adventures had only just begun without leaving me frustrated by a major cliff hanger.

Despite the things that made the story seem less believable, it was still a very fun story and I’m glad I decided to give it a try. ( )
  YouKneeK | Feb 16, 2014 |
Quick amusing read. May be offensive to some. I took it in fun and enjoyed some of the imagery. ( )
  biblioconnisseur | Sep 28, 2007 |
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He didn't pick this fight, He didn't even choose to own the knife; the knife chose him. And then, form a distance and still in its casing, the knife killed his best friend. That's what started it: Arabs with AK's in the middle of a US missile farm in Germany, where they had no business being, except for the knife put them there.

But the knife left a trace of its true owner. Odin Far Seer. From that trace our hero begins a quest, not for gold and not for glory, but for vengeance. Vengeance against the gods themselves. He will travel into the bowls of the Earth, into the very Hell of Norse mythology, and he will have vengeance in full measure - but vengeance is only the beginning. For in the end, Randy Barnes has been summoned by the Fates, not to destroy the gods but to save them form Ragnarok - and save the rest of us, too.


I stood transfixed. The lights were a kaleidoscope gone mad, shifting down the long dark tunnel, rushing closer as though space itself were collapsing. The back of my brain whispered a warning to the front, but I wasn't listening. What could it be?

I stood there beside the fissure with my mouth hanging open, staring as the flood of lights and noise rushed at me out of the darkness, and didn't have the sense to get out of the way. My ears popped again and a freight train noise roared in my ears, its thunder squinted against brilliant light. It leaped off the floor as high as my head, showering in fountains and spurts like molten steel.

With the air a solid wall of sound beating at me. Instinct finally took over and shoved me into the fissure, bruising ribs and tearing open my injured back and knees again. I yelled and heard nothing but the roar permeating the rocks. I found myself panting as terror took hold. Then I forced myself to face whatever it was that came sweeping down the cave.

Thunder hurt my skull. Stone chips stung my face.

Then I saw the eyes.
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