- Copertina flessibile: 256 pagine
- Editore: Nordland Publishing (21 maggio 2015)
- Collana: The Northlore Series
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 828331002X
- ISBN-13: 978-8283310023
- Peso di spedizione: 395 g
Folklore: Volume 1 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 21 mag 2015
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The Northlore Trilogy is the product of the restless mind and imagination of MJ Kobernus. He got together with a whole bunch of people and made something to be proud of. So a big thanks to all the contributors, and a bigger thank you to the readers! MJ lives and works in Norway. He is a father of three beautiful girls, the husband of a beautiful woman and lead guitar for the world`s biggest rock band. Okay...so maybe not everything in the bio is true. But he is from Norway, and he really does play guitar.
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Comprised of 33 short stories and poems, The Northlore Series is heavily ensconced in a world of magic and delight. Alongside such otherworldly enchantments exist ageless themes and motifs ranging from betrayal to courage, all presented with a certain whimsical literary style. When there is a consolidated book with various contributors, as this book clearly is, there is sometimes an inconsistency of thematic representations and ultimate moralistic tellings. While no book is free of such inconsistencies, The Northlore Series does a great job in maintaining a gradual building of historical expositions in the context of eccentricity and amusement.
Needless to say, I obtained that semi-historical lesson I was anticipating upon commencing the book. While unique to its region in terms of custom, culture and folklore, Norway’s close proximity to other European natures rich in their own culture allows the story to be infused with a certain pan-European-like semblance of style and references. As with reading anything of the fantasy genre, the reader has to suspend his or her disbelief, something I had to consciously remind myself of whilst reading Northlore, especially when presented with some interesting human/animal cross species (Maras, she-werewolves were indeed my favorite.) Nothing against J.R.R. Tolkien’s master works, but I found this anthology a bit more honest and humble in its tone and ambitions.
Some simple but effective illustrations accompany some of the literary vignettes in Northlore, adding to the book’s general feeling of a unique blend of light and historical reading. The experience brought to me a welcome respite from the sometimes crazy world, and even though there are monsters in my own world that I could do without, I thoroughly enjoyed the ones that haunt pages of The Northlore Series: Volume 1 - Folklore.
The stories and poems are extremely different. Some are set in the Viking age, others in the late middle ages while still others are clearly modern. They are a nice balance of dramatic, funny, scary and nerve racking. I would definitely call this an eclectic collection.
Nordland Publishing is a Norwegian company. They publish Scandinavian centric content, and boy, this meets the bill.
As the blurb on the back says, "Poetry and prose inspired by Scandinavian Folklore. In turns funny, horrifying, sexy and sad, what you seek is within. Warning! Do NOT feed the animals."
I have to say, that sums it up!
If you like trolls, you'll like this. Ditto historical fantasy, epic fantasy, witches, elves and things that go bump in the night.
Overall a quality product, and a great way to experience the spirit of Norway and scandinavia in general.
Looking forward to the next part of the series (it's a series, right? Volume One?)
Clever plots, and they all are that, aren't enough though. Character is king – too much fantasy writing puts all the colour and subtlety into the humans, leaving the giants, fairies, trolls or whatever as two-dimensional cut-outs, but as I read story after story I became amazed at the depth of characterisation these very smart writers bring to their mythical creations. I came to understand that, at its best, writing about elves, and draugr, hulde, selky and others from the panoply of northern mythological beings is a nifty way of extending the possibilities of humanity, at least in the imagination. The mythical characters are, at their best, insightful reflections of ourselves, gleefully distorted as if in a fairground hall of mirrors. That's the trick of it, to bring them alive and make us feel for them, and these guys are masters at the game. The editor, M J Kobernus, who also wrote one of the best stories about a spelunking tourist who runs into trolls deep in a cave system with genuinely surprising results, has pulled together a stellar gathering of writers from around the world, many of them multiple award winners, and it shows in the quality. Very, very clever stuff. Bring on Vol. II.