Thunder Road Paperback – Sep 30 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.