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Myth Weaver [Kindle Edition]

David J. Normoyle
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"Vivid, creative, encouraging, educational-highly recommended", Mallory Heart Reviews

Eighteen-year-old Jagger Burns lives so much in his head that his guardian wonders if she should commit him. In the real world, he's shy, he's an orphan and he's just failed his college exams. His imaginary world feels safer. When he enrolls in a mythology class, Greek and Norse myths fill Jagger's daydreams; they become so real that Zeus's thunderbolts leave phantom burns behind. These gods have ideas of their own; they're guiding Jagger back to reality.

Each myth he relives in his imaginary world teaches Jagger more about living in the real world. With Loki and Prometheus to help him, he begins to re-enter life and gets a job on the student newspaper. But when his reporting uncovers a dangerous crime ring, he'll need everything the gods can teach him to survive. Otherwise, he'll either dream away the rest of his life in an institution, or wind up dead.

"A must read for anyone fascinated with the legends and myths of old.", Alan Bes, book reviewer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957313322
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NAAVIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David was born in Australia, but moved to Ireland at an early age. The early globe crossing must have gone to his head, as he has since backpacked through and lived in numerous countries. He grew up on a farm as the eldest of nine unruly siblings, but since his escape, he prefers city living. His electronic engineering degree is currently gathering dust while he tries new and strange pursuits such as novel writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational as well as entertaining 19 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book has helped clarify a lot of hazy recollections of stories about the ancient gods but mixed up with a modern day crime story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like your Myths, read this 15 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is a cleaver re-telling of Greek and Norse Myths through the main character Jagger. I enjoyed the blend of myths and Jagger's struggles in the real world.
I flew through he first half of the book really getting into, then when the "crime /Journalist" element was added I felt this was a plot to far and the story started to unravel. As a reader I couldn't tell where the Uni was set, seem English but with too many Americanism in there, then the whole drug barren running a student bar a little too much and I started to struggle and unfortunately the ending just felt hurried.
Overall I did enjoy the Myth stories and felt the student character were well written, it was just for I too many ingredients.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent idea, but... 2 Nov 2012
By Lothus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story revolves around Jagger, a socially awkward boy who has basically withdrawn from the real world (referred to as the "realwhirl" in the book) to dive into his imagination to the exclusion of everything else. He uses his imagination to go through, and in the end, draw confidence from, various Greek and Norse myths.

The problem is, the "real" portion with Jagger is minimal, for the most part. The entire book seems mostly a vehicle to retell a whole stack of classic myths in abbreviated form from a somewhat different point of view than usual. While this is interesting, it takes up the majority of the book. Overall, it's well written, but the concept feels somewhat weak to me. Jagger gains confidence from the myths, including doing some things he shouldn't, but for the most part the pivotal moment seems to play out due to serendipity... when suddenly his life manages to turn around and he can focus on reality.

If you really love the myths involved enough to want to see every possible viewpoint, this may be a book for you. If you were hoping for more of a main story with the myths either blending farther into the background or taking a more active role in the real world, this probably isn't for you. For me, it was worth the read, but isn't likely to be one I pull out again down the road.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Retelling of Classic Myths 1 Oct 2012
By Elizabeth Corrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot

Jagger is on the verge of being kicked out of university for failure to participate in any of his classes, but he can't really bring himself to care. All he really wants to do is spend time in his dream world, where he coaches a soccer team. But then one night, he finds himself not on the field with his players but on the Norse plain of Vigrid. There the Greek and Norse gods battle each other for supremacy, but since the fighters cannot die, neither side can be victorious. The gods thus set the decision to Jagger, who asks that they tell him the stories of their myths, so that he might judge. But as he learns more about the mythological heroes, he starts to realize how his own life could be improved if he modeled himself after these men of legends.

The Good

The layout of Myth Weaver was very interesting. The story alternated between Jagger's life and is dream world in Vigrid, which in turn had stories from the Norse and Greek myths. Jagger saw the stories from different points of view, inhabiting the head of whoever could best tell the story at any given time. This made the retelling of the traditional stories seem more original because instead of just recounting the epic tales, the accounts considered what the people experiencing the events must be feeling.

Experiencing the myths also made Jagger more aware of what was going on around him in the real world. He notices the people around him, how their lives were like the myths and how the myths could help him better understand reality. Listening to the tales of heroes made him realize how afraid he was to do anything and gave him the courage to do something truly brave.

The Bad

The biggest problem with Myth Weaver is that it's really hard to find Jagger sympathetic. In the beginning of the book, he reminds me of nothing so much as Bartleby the Scrivener. For those of you who were not subjected to the Melville story in high school, it is about a man who refuses to do anything and whose employer doesn't want to fire him and leave him with no resources but also cannot continue to employ someone who does nothing. Jagger is very similar. He goes to university but doesn't participate in anything. He wants to spend all his time in his dream world where he coaches a soccer team. (And where he lives that he goes to university and not college but plays soccer and not football is one of the great mysteries of the world.)

Jagger's lack of willingness to engage with reality at all is compounded by signs that he might at times be hallucinating. At the beginning of the novel, he imagines his aunt as a magpie, and it's hard to tell whether she's a shapechanger or if Jagger has an overactive imagination. Later, in some of the few cases where he does interact with the real world, he believes that Loki or Prometheus have taken over his body and is speaking for him. These lead me to think that Jagger might not just be unwilling to interact with reality but might actually be schizophrenic. And that makes me want him to seek medical help.

The Romance

As Jagger starts to interact more with the world, he develops a crush on a girl named Tina. Unfortunately, one of the few times he talks to her, he lets Loki take over. And let that be a lesson to all of us: Do not let Loki navigate your love life for you.

The myths also had many tales of romance in them, but they pretty much all end in blood and death.

Will I read more?

I'm pretty sure that Myth Weaver is a stand-alone novel, and I am not sure how I would feel about reading more. Reading about the different myths was cool. Usually when I read mythology, I read the parts about the gods and skip the parts about the heroes. This book definitely made all those stories interesting. But on the other hand, Jagger was really hard to life, as were most of the people in his life. So I think, mostly, Myth Weaver made me want to read more myths rather than more books by the author.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Myth Weaver review 18 Aug 2012
By Ariella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
**A review copy was provided by the author for review purposes**

Cover: Ooh.. that must be Vigrid. I see Zeus and Odin have joined the party too :)

My thoughts:

So the story begins with eighteen-year-old Jagger who has a very active imagination. He prefers to live in his imagination than the "realwhirl". One day in his daydream, he stumbled upon Vigrid. He saw thunderous (no pun intended) Greek god Zeus and the one-eyed Odin fighting. They were arguing about whether Greek or Norse myths are better. To keep them from fighting, Jagger acts as the judge under Prometheus and Loki's guidance. Both gods help Jagger relive the myths. Meanwhile, Jagger has his own quests in the realwhirl.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Mythology is the best part, and that doesn't say much! 18 April 2014
By Gunther - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I just couldn't get into this story. I love mythology, and know the Greek and Norse tales well. This was basically a rough re-telling of the most well known of these with an odd story of a college student trying to avoid life interspersed. I found the main character to be more irritating and unlikeable than anything. With no good explanation or description of WHY we should want to care about him and his dreams/hallucinations/dissociative fantasies, I found that I just didn't care what happened to him. I'm not sure that the inclusion of the whole "fight with a local drug lord" was really a good choice. It came off as a disconnected and uninteresting tale.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice 25 July 2013
By TienTaylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Original Post: [...]

I received a copy courtesy of Netgalley and Fiction Addiction.

Review

What caught my attention for this book was the cover. Yes, I judged a book by its cover. Without reading the title, it shouted mythology and I couldn't resist.

David Normoyle approached mythology in a way that I find it amazing that no one has written this books years ago. Like the main character, who doesn't live in their head? When it comes to mythology, I love to be creative and dream away- hoping that the myths are true.

I give this book 4 stars of out 5 (loved it) because the main character is realistic and easy to relate to. Now, is it realistic for the things the main character went through in his mind? Read and find out!

Fun read!
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Eighteen-year-old Jagger Burns lives so much in his head that his guardian wonders if she should commit him. In the real world, he's shy, he's an orphan and he's just failed his college exams. His imaginary world feels safer. When he enrolls in a mythology class, Greek and Norse myths fill Jagger's daydreams; they become so real that Zeus's thunderbolts leave phantom burns behind. These gods have ideas of their own; they're guiding Jagger back to reality.

Each myth he relives in his imaginary world teaches Jagger more about living in the real world. With Loki and Prometheus to help him, he begins to re-enter life and gets a job on the student newspaper. But when his reporting uncovers a dangerous crime ring, he'll need everything the gods can teach him to survive. Otherwise, he'll either dream away the rest of his life in an institution, or wind up dead.

Advance Praise

"Vivid, creative, encouraging, educational--highly recommended."
Mallory Heart Reviews

"A must read for anyone fascinated with the legends and myths of old."
Alan Bes, book reviewer
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