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Loki (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Vasich
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God of Mischief.
Father of Lies.
Harbinger of Destruction.

Exiled and tortured by the gods, Loki swears vengeance.

He will summon the mighty Fenris Wolf and the legendary Midgard Serpent, and they will lead an army of giants and all the dead in Niflheim.

Brimming with the power of the most destructive being in the Nine Worlds, he will not rest till Asgard is in ashes and all the gods are dead under his heel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 462 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 360 Seiten
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004I8WQIE
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good read 13. Januar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My review might appear contradictory, but it is to be stated: I enjoyed the book.
I am a huge fan of Norse mythology and especially of the Trickster God being the reason for purchasing the book.
Vasich has a gift for gritty, rock-hard sentences with that rough attitude important for such stories.
However, some of his phrases are strongly repetitive: "in all the Nine Worlds" and "all the strength he could muster" are just examples of terms you will run across very often while reading.
I can also not fully agree to my predecessor who states that e.g. Thor will provide funny moments, he plays only a minor key in this department.
The battle sequences at least as fun to read as they have been supposed to be for Vasich writing them.
Probably I encountered my reading experience with wrong expectations. The age-old story told from the perspective of the main villain. He is a god, he is also something else, but he is a tragic figure. Ragnarok must happen, Loki must induce the end of the world and on the way to fulfil his destiny he is direly betrayed.
I would have liked to have a deeper insight into the charakter, his feelings and his rage after he is able to break free.
Should Mr Vasich decide to write another book, I surely give it a try again and although "Loki" is not brilliant or overwhelming I recommend it to everybody interested in the subject or as an appetiser for further readings within Norse mythology.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gute Geschichte, aber ... 8. Mai 2014
Von Dee
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Gute Geschichte, aber sehr langatmig.
Was mich etwas verwirrt hat, ist, dass die Geschichte im Buch eigentlich doppelt erzählt wird.
Das macht das ganze zwar interessant, aber verlängert das Lesen bzw. verzögert das Vorankommen.
Ich bin nicht unbedingt eine, die sehr schnell mit einem Buch durch sein will bzw. muss, aber bei diesem hat es sich echt etwas gezogen.
Alles in allem: Gutes Buch, das die einzelne Charaktere mit all ihren Schwächen und Stärken zeigt/darstellt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good way to tell an old myth 16. September 2013
Von Shayn
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I really like his writing! He knows what he's speaking of and found a very good way to tell the storys around Loki and the asgardians in a new and fantastic form.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jedem das Seine 14. Juli 2013
Von M
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Ein Buch über legenden der alten Nordischen Götter ins besonderen Loki.
Wieso eigentlich nicht einmal so ein Buch als andere??
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Modern Mythology: Edgy and Otherwise 19. März 2011
Von Irma - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Saying it's an epic fantasy would be the understatement of the century.

It's a novel that tears into the very flesh of mythology; paints a picture with its essence while adding the sharpened edge of the modern world. There's blood and gore enough to irrigate the fields of literature and with that, enough adrenaline to keep several dozen of your average people on edge for hours.

Loki. A book formed over the course of one and half years by local writer and English teacher Mike Vasich, it welds every aspect of literature that an avid reader could possibly hope for. Wielding the unique flavors of Norse mythology, Loki centers on the tale of the Viking's trickster god; the Sly One, the God of Mischief, the Father of Lies, and the Harbinger of Destruction, who, just as the book's title implies, is Loki. While the storyline of the book itself is a thrilling read (readers encounter several battles), the deeper story of Loki lies in the lifelike qualities Vasich instilled in his characters.

Sure, the guts spilling out and limbs flying off are fun to read about. Vasich writes the battle scenes in such a way readers might find themselves gripping the book so tightly their knuckles turn white. It's unsurprising that, as he admitted in an interview, the battle scenes were his favorite to pen. But the battles are simply one dimension of the multi-faceted jewel that Loki is.

The feelings of the characters are so realistically projected that readers will find themselves loathing characters, loving characters, or doing both simultaneously to a single character at any given time. The emotions entrenched in the main character himself are cause for readers to look deeper into the book. The pain Loki goes through as he's denied the simple human want for acceptance, the anger as his family and everything he cares about is thrown from his grasp: readers will be absorbed into the many layers of the story faster than they can say "Thor."

This brings me to the next face of Vasich's novel. Loki integrates dark humor within the book and readers will inevitably find themselves chuckling whilst their noses are buried within the pages. A good portion of the humor comes in the form of a big, bulky, stereotypically brainless, but ever-so-buff god that most readers would recognize from pop culture. Thor. The God of Thunder and the physically strongest of the Norse gods, it becomes apparent that Thor's brain is as shallow as his muscles are substantial. Contrast him to the black sheep of the Norse gods, Loki, whose is immensely cunning and is nothing short of mentally brilliant, and you can set yourself up for some good compare-and-contrast jokes. Add in smart remarks regarding a man giving birth to a horse and the rapid turnover of people growing senile and the story has the perfect amount of wit to keep readers engaged.

For those of you who are already turning away from my review to go read about something else due to your supposed hatred of fantasy novels, I assure you, this is one book you will not, under any circumstances whatsoever, want to miss. Fantasy lover, fantasy hater: Loki can please just about anybody. After reading it myself, I was mind blown. It remains one of the few books that, after having finished it, I've gotten the feeling that I'd just exited a rollercoaster. I won't lie; I found myself holding my breath on multiple occasions of during the book. And I can't wait to hold my breath again. And again. I look forward to another book from Vasich. And perhaps a Loki movie?

Do I sound like an obsessive Loki fan?

Good. Because I should.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fantastic, Creative Retelling of Norse Mythology 20. Oktober 2011
Von Moses Siregar III - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A brilliant retelling of some of the major events in Norse mythology, and thus an ambitious and worthy--and ultimately significant--literary effort. Vasich brings to life things like the Norns, the gods, and ultimately Ragnarok. He brought to life the wolf Fenrir, the stonemason who offered to rebuild Asgard's wall, and Hel. Vasich has a special ability to imagine and write about mythic events, as you'll see in the final battles between Fenrir and Tyr, Thor and Jörmungandr, Heimdall and Loki.

Vasich successfully brought his major characters to life, mainly Loki and Odin. The secondary characters (such as Tyr, Balder, and Freya) weren't drawn as well, but the good news is that Loki and Odin always seem to carry the day whenever either of them were involved with a scene, and they seem to show up in at least half of the book. The book suffers a bit in the second half from Loki's relative absence, but I still enjoyed every new element introduced.

With Loki, we get to experience his ups and downs, his hopes and rejections, his realizations and transformations, and there is a pleasing element of sympathy for the devil here. With Odin, we experience his unique problem, knowing the future while possessing a profoundly passive acceptance of that future (or, at least, that's how he's presented here). This makes Odin a frustrating figure, but Odin's attitude is a perfect representation of the Norse outlook and what makes Norse mythology unique. I found myself wondering what would've happened if Odin hadn't believed so much in Ragnarok, and maybe the author wanted us to think about that, too. Because Odin's vision of the future became self-fulfilling in so many ways.

What didn't I like? The copyediting on a grammatical and sentence level was mostly very good, but also occasionally problematic. I think the author could benefit from a better copyeditor. The proofreading and formatting were great, though. I found very few typos, which is outstanding. The writing was excellent, although a bit distant with a somewhat omniscient style (the book is mostly written in a more current third person limited, though).

Having frequent point of view changes with no conventional protagonist made the reading a bit slow for me. I agree with what Hepius said in his review on this, as well as his comments about skipping the italicized parts (which function as spoilers for Vasich's rendition of the myths). However, I think Vasich still did the right thing here. To retell this mythology requires multiple points of view, and he wrote them well. It's just that this same technique distances the reader from the story a bit. Nonetheless, I'm glad he wrote it in the way that he did. I just read it in daily chunks rather than being swept through the entire story over a short period of time. Your mileage may vary. Even read in chunks, there's plenty to savor here.

My last complaint is that the reader often has to wait, to read about the same event multiple times through multiple points of views. At times this technique was used well; at other times I felt it slowed down the pace too much. The book is written in relatively short scenes, though, so you never have to wait for anything for too long, and it's nice to see things from different angles.

I came into this book knowing very little about Norse mythology, and I feel incredibly thankful to the author for writing these stories as he did. This book allowed me to explore the myths from a tight narrative perspective, to experience the major players and the events in a way that not only brought the tales to life, but which also feels like a modern continuation of the myth. Vasich takes some creative liberties with the mythology (and he favors Loki and Odin as he does so), but I feel this only keeps the stories fresh and alive. People who have read Norse mythology will enjoy his twists on the familiar, and people unfamiliar with Norse mythology will get to experience such a grand tale in a thrilling way. A brilliant effort, and one that deserves to be a classic resting on every bookshelf with space for works on Norse mythology.

Moses Siregar III, author of The Black God's War.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Frustratingly close to truly excellent 15. Oktober 2011
Von Hepius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Mike Vasich's novel, Loki, was frustratingly close to being excellent. The writing was terrific. The research and world building were first class. The action scenes were well choreographed and truly exciting. So what's not to like?

Loki is the story of the Norse gods, their battles with the giants, and the coming battle of Ragnorak. Reading the cover, I was expecting the god Loki to be the protagonist of the novel. I thought I was going to get a retelling of Norse mythology from Loki's perspective. That quickly proved not to be the case. The story is told from many points of view. The positive aspect of this is that the reader gets the whole story - you are always where you need to be in order to learn about what is going on. Unfortunately, I never became attached to one particular character. I had nobody to root for in this dramatic battle between Loki, the Norse gods, and the giants. I found myself not caring about who would win. I never had a reason to root for one side or the other. Instead of reading like a novel, it was more a narrative retelling of Norse mythology.

As such, it was terrific. The gods are distinct characters, each with their own personalities, powers, likes, and dislikes. I know a little bit about Norse mythology. It was great to see the stories I knew from my youth come alive in a fully realized way. If you have any interest in Norse mythology, Loki is a must-read.

I have one major recommendation if you want to read the novel as a novel and not as a retelling of Norse mythology. Every so often in the book the author has written out Norse prophesy. (You can identify these sections because they are in italics. They also make up a small percentage of the book's length.) The prophesy sections are then followed by a chapter or two of narrative. Do not read the prophesies! They give away all of the major events of the following chapters. Seriously, my recommendation is to skip the italicized sections. They destroy all of the tension in the following chapters. The book is far more exciting without them! Rant over.

If you read Loki without reading the italicized sections it will read much more like a novel. An exciting novel with an impossible-to-beat climax.

Mike Vasich is a talented writer. I highly enjoyed Loki and look forward to reading more of the author's work.

I give Loki four stars (if you skip the italicized sections).
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Just OK 29. Juli 2012
Von Kate S. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I sort of liked this book. I have read the Norse myths, so I did go into this novel with a knowledge of the basic stories and relationships. Below, I outline what I liked and what I did not like. There are a lot SPOILERS in my review, but people familiar with the myths shouldn't experience too many spoilers.

THE GOOD:

The book is well-written.

I liked Loki's realization of the chaos within him. I also thought that his feelings of betrayal and isolation were spot on.

Fenrir was beautifully written, probably more beautifully written than Loki. I haven't read a better description of Fenrir, his motivations and his anger before. I really enjoyed his character.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD:

The pacing was uneven. Sometimes, the story stuttered and died, and it was difficult to continue reading. At other times, I was very exciting and addictive.

The italicized sections took away the suspense, and I agree with many other reviewers: do not read these sections.

In spite of the title and the book synopsis which claims that this book is from Loki's perspective, it is not. The beginning of the story was told from his perspective and I felt that it did his character justice, but in the middle Fenrir, Tyr and Baldr become the main focus and Loki is nowhere to be found. I didn't necessarily mind this because as I said, I really enjoyed Fenrir in this book. My issue with the omission of Loki is that it left me confused on his motivations later in the book. I will also admit that I did not appreciate the massive change in Baldr's death, since I think the method of his death is telling of both Baldr's and Loki's characters in the myths. Baldr's arrogance is as important as Loki's underhanded cruelty.

I was waiting impatiently for Loki's Flyting (the Lokasenna), because that is one of my favorite parts of the mythology. I've always seen it as Loki's Jerry Springer moment and I couldn't wait for him to confront all of the Aesir, show them their hypocrisy and call Freya a slattern...and it never came. This is a key moment for understanding Loki, so I was very disappointed by its omission.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Went in hopeful, came out unamused 21. Oktober 2012
Von AJ Matheson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
First, let me start by saying I have been studying the Norse myths and the greater part of Indo-European myths for many years- as an Odinist, I should. I am no expert, no degreed professor, but more than a layman on the subject... The other warning is spoilers, sorry...

That out of the way, I honestly found the changes made to the mythic cycle odd and at times irritating. I think the personalities that the author gave the various gods and other entities very base and without any real depth or structure. The action was repetitive and not as "realistic" as some other reviews and promos lead me to believe. And the relationships that are finalized in the mythic (here and further meaning the traditional myths) Ragnarok, that fulfill symbolic and narrative arcs are acknowledged in this work, but not fleshed out... It is never explained why Heimdall hates Loki anymore than the others do. Why? The reasoning in myths and symbolism therein are obvious, but here- nothing.

As to the changes made (spoilers) there were many, and while I do appreciate artistic licence, but I cannot understand why defaming- for lack of a better term- divine characters is so regular in modern lit... I know there is some theories that turn the mythic Freya into Gulveig the Thrice-Burnt as she is here but any look into the myths would dispel this. The author focuses on the myth of the Wall of Asgard as his starting point, which is fine, but then larger stories are skipped or mentioned in passing that, to my mind, flesh out the characters more. Then there are some that are over emphasized, Tyr losing his hand, not out of honor or sacrifice as in the myths, but almost as happenstance, which fuels his hate for Fenrir. Then this act is almost repeated verbatim when Tyr face Garm and (nearly) gets his other hand bitten off...

This brings up character development. Turning Freya a visage of beauty and love into the uninspired "vain beauty" archetype is lazy and commonplace (not to mention counter to the myths of a warrior maiden and teacher...). This in addition to the "dim" Thor, lecherous dwarves, and overall war-monger mindset of the Aesir, all shows- to me at least- small understanding of the myths, there origins and recordings or basic character development. Turning Balder from his calm, neutral- though not un-authoritative- 'blissful' mythic nature, most loved of the gods and all creation, into an angry, short tempered, rash character (more fitting of the mythic Hod than Balder) is confusing. Odin I think is almost well done, but becomes one dimensional. He is referred to as the "god of poetry" but no effort is shown to prove this, except for the regular use of "many stories are told of..." line- maybe to gloss over the holes.

The action was weak to me... Sure there was blood and guts and that, but again there was no depth, nothing was as visceral as some thought it and it usually came down to the regular severing of giant limbs or the over-explanation of one of the wolves tearing at flesh ("then he tore at Tyr's leg by clinching his powerful neck muscles" or something like that). Then, where action and description could have been amazing, Thor's fight with Jormangand, with lightning and venom flying, it all happens underground with those above loosing there balance as the ground shakes... we lose the entire fight! but we get plenty of finger severing...

This was far from epic, far from great, and far from adding anything worthwhile to the source material. You want epic read the myths themselves. Try someone who understood the myths, Like Rydberg in Our Fathers' Godsaga, he took the entire mythic cycle, put it into prose and made it clear. This was a solid attempt, but ultimately falls short for me. I am disappointed in it really, but then I should have expected it with the title character...
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I am the Allfather, the High One, the Hanged God. I am the Lord of the Gallows, One-Eye, the Master of Poetry. I am the Feeder of Ravens and Wolves, He Who Sits Above, the Gray Traveler. I am Eternal Wisdom and the Bringer of Death, the Lord of the Valkyries and the Einherjar. I am father to your greatest enemy, the World Shaker, the Thunderer, the Giant Slayer. &quote;
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Child of chaos . . . Harbinger of twilight . . . Thief of time . &quote;
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Asgard, Vanaheim, Alfheim, the upper realms; Midgard, Nidavellir, Svartalfheim, Jotunheim, the realms in the middle; Niflheim, the underworld; and Muspelheim, the realm of fire &quote;
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