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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Ravenstone; Reprint edition (Sept. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888014007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888014009
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chadwick Ginther would enjoy Can-Lit so much more if it included even one dragon or robot. Previously, he was Aqua Books’ Emerging Writer-in-Residence. His work has appeared in On Spec, the premier Canadian magazine of speculative fiction, and his reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, Prairie Books NOW and The Winnipeg Review. A bookseller for ten years, when Chadwick’s not writing his own books, he’s selling everyone else’s. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.

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Honestly, I was a little nervous about this book. I'd met Chadwick Ginther through friends at a writing convention. He's a great guy, from the same province, writing about my hometown. Instant friends. When I asked him what his book was about, it sounded pretty cool: Urban Fantasy with Norse Mythology. Except I don't read a lot of Urban/Contemporary Fantasy.

I bought Thunder Road and got it autographed. Then I put off reading it for a couple reasons. How do you read your friend's book and then review it? What if it stinks? Okay, maybe not that extreme. What if you just don't like it? What it's not that polished because it's a small Canadian press.

What if, what if. Shut up and read the damn book. And am I ever glad I did.

This was an excellent story, engaging from the outset and didn't let up at all. Dialog had me laughing regularly. I mean, you could read this for the banter with Loki alone (no joke).

The production value was no different than a book out of NYC, with clean, crisp pages and well-edited prose. Canadian small press? I wouldn't have noticed. My bad for thinking otherwise.

The Norse Mythology is blended in without distracting and adds mystery and wonder, keeping you guessing at what each faction's next move will be. Some author's love to hammer you (no pun intended) with italicized words from history/myth and this wasn't so bad.

Ted Callan's tale reads like a Sword & Sorcery and reminded me of Robert E. Howard's younger Conan. Where Ted lacks in experience and guile, he makes up for it with heart and sheer will. And he might be selfishly motivated, but finds a way to help the greater good.

Looking forward to the next book.
Thanks, Chadwick.
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Norse gods running amok in Canada? How could you not love this book?

Okay, sooo...it's Manitoba. Still, awesome. I don't get to read nearly enough Canadian fiction where cool, world-altering shit is happening in places I've actually been in this gigantic country of mine.

The story revolves around Ted Callan, a man who is dragged into the Norse world of gods, dwarves, and giants after witnessing a towering fire giant step into the realm of men during an explosion in the Alberta oilpatch. He then runs into some dwarves who bestow their "gifts" upon him - body tattoos with magic powers and which have a life of their own (think Bradbury's Illustrated Man) - turning him into a Thor-like godling so he can smash heads and wreak vengeance of those who have wronged and betrayed him along the way. Oh yeah, and stop the next Ragnarok from happening.

He travels with Loki, the god of mischief (seriously, will I be seeing Loki as Tom Hiddleston for the rest of my life?) and Tilda, a witch who uses runes for spells and can see the future. She's also a super-hawt rock n' roll chick, and about half Ted's age, making her the perfect short-term girlfriend.

Ginther has created characters you instantly want to be friends with. I'm looking forward to more books in this story (I understand more are coming) just so we can all hang out again and be buddies and talk about cool shit like muscle cars, dating hot young girls, and tattoos that grant magic powers. The book itself has a Gaiman-esque vibe to it. I was reminded of "American Gods" while reading "Thunder Road", and I imagine it was the whole 'old gods are people too' thing.

Definitely worth a read. Especially for you Canuckleheads out there.
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Original and Well Done Fantasy Jan. 23 2013
By Julie Czerneda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Real, gritty, and great fun. Ginther delivers a finely detailed real world -- and characters -- only to peel away the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary. His overlap of Norse myth and current local legend was something I particularly enjoyed. It took a while for me to engage with the main character, but by the end, I was a believer! Original, well done, and worth the read. I look forward to book two, although this reads like a complete and satisfying story. (My only hesitation on 5 stars? I'm waiting to see where he goes with the overarching plot. If I knew this was a standalone, I'd have gone 5. Great job.)
Loki steals the show Nov. 23 2012
By Nicole Luiken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good world-building and well-done action scenes plus an interesting Manitoba setting. Though urban fantasy, the novel follows the older-style plot where fantasy elements are gradually added to our reality rather than being an accepted part of the world (like True Blood, etc). Ted and Tilda were likeable characters, though Loki kept trying to steal the show. The Norse Trickster god rides the line between being annoying and charming and adds a great touch of humour. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for book two.


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