‘It’s about Odin and his brothers, Vili and Vé, creating the world.’ @TerryTyler4 reviews #Humour novella CREATION by @bjornlarssen

Today’s team review is from Terry. She blogs here https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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Terry has been reading Creation by Bjørn Larssen

Creation: Humorous Norse Mythology Retelling (Why Odin Drinks Book 1) by [Bjørn Larssen]

I read Bjørn Larssen’s debut novel, Storytellers, which made some references to Norse gods and featured a certain subtle humour in places.  I also read his second novel, Children, which is about the children of Norse gods and contains far more funny bits. I’ve read many of his blog posts and follow him on Twitter; the conclusion I’ve come to is that Mr Larssen is a terrific comedic writer, first and foremost, so I’m delighted that he’s actually written A FUNNY BOOK!

Creation is a novella, a slim paperback (beautifully presented), is hilarious, and made me laugh out loud on several occasions, which books rarely do. It’s about Odin and his brothers, Vili and Vé, creating the world. Except they’re not very good at it and don’t really understand what they’re doing. They wonder how to get the food out of Audhumla the cow, why words like ‘anvil’ ‘laptop’ and ‘algebra’ keep popping into their heads, how the flying water happened and why the wolf bit off the peacock’s head. Odin discovers that, along with man and woman, he has created irony. 

I think it’s the sort of book you find screamingly funny or you don’t, depending on your sense of humour. I echo the words of Bjørn’s husband, when he finished reading it: ‘When can I get more?’

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In the beginning there was confusion.

Ever woken up being a God, but not knowing how to God properly? Your brothers keep creating mosquitoes and celery and other, more threatening weapons. What can your ultimate answer be – the one that will make you THE All-Father and them, at best, the All-Those-Uncles-We-Don’t-Talk-About?

“FML! That answer’s why I drink!” – Odin

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Creation: Humorous Norse Mythology Retelling (Why Odin Drinks Book 1) by [Bjørn Larssen]

A Fun Little Book About 3 Newly Appointed Gods And The Mistakes They Make. @SueBavey Reviews Creation by @bjornlarssen for #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Sue. She blogs here https://suelbavey.wordpress.com/

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Sue has been reading Creation by Bjørn Larssen

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Creation is a short novella, which details the creation of everything by Norse god Odin, and his brothers Vili and Ve. Its irreverent humour is refreshing and makes for many laugh out loud moments. It was an absolute blast to read!

The three gods are new to the world and to creating things, they are learning as they go along. Tripping over tree roots and one-upping each other in terms of the size of the creations they make. These gods are getting carried away with their newly discovered skills and creating all manner of things just because they can: a tree with needles instead of leaves that throws cone things down onto your head as you pass underneath? Why? Who needs that?
Celery? No one appreciates that one.
Odin tries to restore some kind of order over the proceedings and gets increasingly frustrated!

Determined to do better than his brother’s invention of celery to put an end to his hunger, Odin invents a cow: “You can drink from it.” he pronounces much to the cow’s consternation. When he adds that you can wrap it’s skin around you to keep warm and eat what’s inside, the cow’s outrage increases.

Odin philosophizes about what makes a thing alive and whether it is OK to eat such things. Vili continues making pretty things and Ve makes things that cause pain and destruction. Chaos ensues until a tragedy occurs and gives the gods pause. Then Odin turns introspective while considering that actions have consequences – even those of the gods…

Bjørn Larssen is a very talented comedic writer. His timing is perfect and the hilarity flows so well that you can read this novella in one sitting. This is the funniest book I’ve read for a long time and belongs on the shelves with Pratchett and Adams. If you are a fan of surreal, absurd humour you will love it! I cannot wait to read the next installment in this series.

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In the beginning there was confusion.

Ever woken up being a God, but not knowing how to God properly? Your brothers keep creating mosquitoes and celery and other, more threatening weapons. What can your ultimate answer be – the one that will make you THE All-Father and them, at best, the All-Those-Uncles-We-Don’t-Talk-About?

“FML! That answer’s why I drink!” – Odin

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Seeress – Runes series book #4 by @ednahwalters #YA #Bookreview

Seeress (Runes, #3)Seeress by Ednah Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Seeress is Book#4 of the Runes series of this #YA paranormal set of books which feature Norse Mythology.

Raine Cooper has been given Immortal Runes and on top of this it has been discovered that she is a rare Völur or Seeress. But others want a part of Raine. The Norns want her on their side in the final great Norse battle of Ragnarök, but they keep trying to interfere with Raine’s fate and they are untrustworthy.

News of Raine’s ability has spread and witches are flooding to the town where Raine lives. Her visions show of an evil one who is after Raine and the Valkyrie increase Raine’s protection and her lessons in self protection.

Raine’s Valkyrie boyfriend Torin will stop at nothing to find the evil that chases her, but it’s Raine who finally reveals truths about his past which have haunted him for Centuries and which now need laying to rest.

An enjoyable new lead in this series, the e-book I purchased had quite a few typos which really needed to be ironed out before publication. One error even had a character named completely wrong.

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Grimnirs by @ednahwalters #YA #NorseMythology #Bookreview

Grimnirs (Grimnirs Book 1) (Runes, #2.5)Grimnirs (Grimnirs Book 1) by Ednah Walters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grimnars is part of the Runes series as well as being book 1 in the Grimnirs series. This book is the story of Cora Jemison, best friend of Raine Cooper and Eirik Seville.

Cora finds she can now see ghosts after being marked by a rogue Immortal called Maliina. Cora has recently spent time in a psychiatric hospital, but finds no-one has missed her because unbeknown to her Maliina has been impersonating Cora.

Whilst at the Supermarket with her mother Cora is once again faced by ghosts and is just about to deal with them herself when a hooded figure arrives, clad in leather, a maverick called Echo, Cora meets her first Grimnir or reaper of souls.

Maliina and Echo had previously had a relationship whilst she looked and acted as Cora, this leads to some confusion when Echo misses slight differences in the girls and falls fowl of Valkyrie Torin and Seeress Rain.

Soon Cora finds herself in the middle of a battleground as others see her as a direct line to Odin’s Grandson and Echo will do anything to protect her.

This is a series set around Norse mythology and I really enjoyed the introduction of Echo, his fierce independence and loyalty to Cora was delightful.

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Immortals by @ednahwalters #bookreview #YA #Norse #Mythology

Immortals (Runes, #2)Immortals by Ednah Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Immortals is the second book in the Runes series of YA paranormal fantasy. I really enjoyed book 1 and was keen to download book 2 at once to continue reading the story.

Raine Cooper is seventeen and found that she has the hottest guy ever living next door. Torin St. James is drop dead gorgeous and it’s him she thinks about all day. The trouble is she’s currently dating life-long friend Eirik Seville, and her life has been turned upside down by paranormal beings that are linked to Norse mythology.

In book 2, Torin’s memory has been tampered with and he cannot remember the past few months and his feelings for Raine. She must now begin her Rune training, but the three Fates known as Norns have not finished with her yet. They try to lure her to their side whilst telling her she must protect Eirik as his life is in danger.

In this book we learn that there is more to Eirik than just a normal mortal being and Raine struggles to know who she can trust as she faces challenges from many sides, even best friend Cora is acting strange just when she needs her.

I enjoyed the build up of the storyline and the introduction of new layers to the tale. The edition I had contained a dozen or so minor typos which were a little disappointing and took the edge off this entertaining read.

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Runes by @ednahwalters #YA #Paranormal #Bookreview

Runes (Runes, #1)Runes by Ednah Walters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Runes is book 1 in a YA paranormal series which revolves around Norse Mythology. I chose to read this book from the #FridayFiveChallenge and have really enjoyed the mythology storyline.

Lorraine Cooper, or Raine to her friends is sweet sixteen and never been kissed. Eirik Seville has been her unofficial boyfriend forever, but they’ve never taken the next step. All this changes when Raine turns seventeen. Drop-dead gorgeous Torin St James is Raine’s new neighbour who knows far too much about Raine and seems to have magical powers of speed and healing.

At school three new exchange students from Norway arrive, they have strange tattoos and Raine is targeted by them. Soon Raine is seeing runes around her, on her car, at school and they glow on Torin when his emotions are raised.

Torin’s presence pushes Eirik’s feelings for Raine into the open and they share their first kiss, but it’s not Eirik whom Raine thinks about first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Intrigued by Torin, Raine seeks answers, but he is bound by a higher authority and cannot reveal the truth.

This was a great way to introduce readers to a new series, with new twists on a popular theme in this genre. I look forward to reading book 2.

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Rosie’s Coffee Break – when a book makes you think more…about Norse Mythology #MondayBlogs

How often do you read a book and it makes you think more about one of the book subjects or storylines and it has your brain cells all fired up with questions and curiosity? This EXTRA thinking will be the subject of my … Continue reading

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge Runes by @ednahwalters #YA #Fantasy

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

(then write a little analysis about your decision)

This week I was inspired by the urge to read a book with Norse mythology.

I spent nearly all my 5 minutes going back a forth, exciting books covers led to book descriptions I didn’t like, or few reviews or high prices. I was being picky. In my last few seconds I chose this….


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Book description

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Number of reviews; 58 on Amazon.co.uk and 561 on Amazon.com

Number of pages 245

Price; FREE on kindle

Would I BUY or PASS?……BUY.


In the end rather than find a satisfactory book about true Norse Mythology, I have a YA fantasy around the Norse Mythology. The book cover is enchanting, a mystical girl with wispy light catching swirls on her skin, the book title has a blue/white mystical/spiritual feel. From the book description you know it’s going to be YA fantasy and it looks like it will follow a well trodden path of successful YA storyline. This is book 1 of a series and like many YA series, book one is FREE to grab the young enthusiastic audience who are hungry for this escapism. ( I like to too and I’m no longer in the YA age range!)

58 reviews is impressive in this popular book market, 50 of them on Amazon .co.uk are 4 or 5* and on Amazon.com 561 is VERY impressive 89% are 4 or 5*. To top it all this book is FREE on kindle, so that is a big dose of persuasion to BUY this book. I’m sure the price gets many others to buy too, as long as they find the time to read and review, rather than letting the book sit and fester on their kindle.

Out of curiosity I checked out the other books in the series. Top end prices for my kindle purchasing, but doesn’t look to stop shoppers on the  Amazon.com market place.

Book 2

Amazon UK 35 reviews Price £2.47, Amazon US 303 price $3.89, no. pages 343

Book 3

Amazon UK 23 reviews Price £2.49 Amazon US 236, Prices $3.89 no. pages 286

Book 4

Amazon.UK 22 reviews Price £2.49 Amazon US 207, Price $3.89 no. pages 315

Book 5

Amazon UK 16 Amazon Price £2.49 Amazon US 143, Price $3.89 no. pages 249

Book 6

Amazon UK 17 reviews Price £2.49  Amazon US 119 Price $3.89 no. pages 362

I must add, in my search I found a box set of 14 full length fantasy novels about all sorts of mythology for FREE, but I really didn’t think I would ever read that many, plus I was put off by one review which said that many were book 1’s of a series and they left you on cliff hangers, so that was a PASS. I think a Wednesday Wing post discussion on the money, effort and marketing needed to pull off a great series is needed soon.

Links to other #FridayFiveChallengers

Cathy looked for a Summer read – https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/friday-five-challenge-4/

Terry Chose a Norwegian set book – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-9.html

Shelley chose Chic-lit with an Italian theme – http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/24/buy-or-pass-will-chicklit-provide-a-fridayfivechallenge-winner/

Alison is looking for some sunshine in the rain –  https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/friday-five-challenge-sunshine-state-by-rosemary-whittaker-fridayfivechallenge-rosieamber1/

Luccia chose a book in the “Customer Favourites” section – http://lucciagray.com/2015/07/24/buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-the-invention-of-wings/