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Thunder Road [Paperback]

Chadwick Ginther
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Sept. 30 2012 Thunder Road Trilogy
In a flash, the world Ted Callan knew exploded. The fire on the patch had burned everything to the ground, including his marriage. Now he’s on the road looking for a fresh start. What he finds is a mysterious young woman named Tilda who tells him he’s destined to be a hero or die a quick and painful death.When three stout men break into his hotel room, bind him to the bed and carve his skin with a stylus it appears she was right. The next thing Ted knows, his body is covered in an elaborate norse tattoo, complete with the power of the Gods. As he seeks out the three men who assaulted him, Ted learns that the creatures of Norse mythology walk in the world of humankind and some of them want to see it burn.Accompanied by the trickster Loki and the bequiling Tilda, Ted wants nothing more than to have his old life back. No more tattoos. No more smart-ass Gods. No more mystic powers. The problem is, if he succeeds, it might just be the end of the world.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a reason to visit sunny Manitoba Sept. 29 2013
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and Well Done Fantasy Jan. 23 2013
By Julie Czerneda - Published on Amazon.com
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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.)
4.0 out of 5 stars Loki steals the show Nov. 23 2012
By Nicole Luiken - Published on Amazon.com
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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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