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Wolf Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Lars Walker
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Jun 1999
An Ill Wind.... There's something unnerving about the October north wind. It makes a wolf in the wilderness turn southward, in search of dangerous prey. It gets inside people, opening their minds to bizarre ideas and inclining them to violence. Of course there's the comet too, a spectacular one, tracked by ordinary people and by not-so-ordinary cult members. Something's gusting into Epsom, Minnesota. A witch feels it with dread. A Norwegian poet greets it with triumph. And Professor Carl Martell listens to its song with worry -- because Martell cannot tell a lie, but he knows one when he hears it.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671578154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671578152
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,905,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone can't be right.
Carl Martell is a historian because he's uncomfortable in the present. This is not because he's maladjusted (though he is), but because the present order of things makes no sense to him.

The past comes to Carl Martell in the form of Sigfod Oski, a Nobel Prize winning Norwegian poet who is -- or believes he is -- the god Odin. Martell has always suspected that this sort of thing happens in the world, but dealing with it in person is a lot more frightening than facing it in books.

Bringing Odin into the modern world (actually the near future, some time after the turn of the century) gave me the opportunity to play contemporary nonsense off against the realities (good and evil, truth and lies) that live in the stones and the sky and the human heart. "Wolf Time" is not an attempt to predict the future, but to remind people that ideas have consequences, and that our decisions and beliefs matter on a cosmic level.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Myth 22 Dec 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an early work of the author. There is a mixture of subjects in the book. These range from Norse Myth and history, to PCism gone amok, to college politics and religious stresses in modern America. To tackle one or two of these would be taxing, and unfortunately the author does not carrying this challenge off with the required skill. He does show promise: in the excellent sections on Norweigian history and the well crafted character of Odin showing that Old god's awful grandeur. However, overall the story fails to knit together as a whole. A better written work by the author is "Erling's World".
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Apocalyptic Work from a New Artist 8 Oct 2000
By Emily Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who like their near-future sf/mythology fantasy with an explicitly Christian element, "Wolf Time" is the book for you. Following in the tradition of the literary social prophets, such as Orwell, Huxley and Bradbury, Walker joins the growing ranks of Christian apocalyptics, such as Michael O'Brien's "Father Elijah," Frank Peretti's "Piercing the Darkness," and Bud MacFarlane Jr.'s "Pierced by a Sword."
Carl Martell, history professor at the non-Christian Christiana College, cannot tell a lie. But he can sense when others do. And when acclaimed Norweigan Poet, Sigfod Oski, comes to town, Martell is certain the greatest deceiver of all is in their midst. Peopled with such endearing characters as the quiet but courageous Lutheran pastor, a born-again disk jockey, and the mythological wolf, Fenris, "Wolf Time" pulls you into Walker's all-too-realistic vision of where America is heading, and what believers will be called upon to endure.
Like almost all novels with an agenda (Christian or otherwise), though, the prose sometimes suffers for the Bible verses scattered throughout. Every conversation between two characters revolves around culture and religion, which single-mindedness may put-off would be readers. However, Walker's insights are sound, and his morals excellent - and, better, both are handled with a greater delicacy and tension as the book progresses. Walker is not afraid to present all sides of the argument, to make witches sympathetic while arguing against their theological view, to examine the fundamentalist fanatics' reasoning for fighting fire with fire while showing Christs' equally decisive but remarkably non-violent solution.
Christians, especially Lutherans, will enjoy Walker's take on the near-future. Viking and Norse Mythology enthusiasts will find "Wolf Time" an intelligent look at that religion. Recommended to teenagers and adults, due to several references to sex and violence. People searching for a follow-up non-fiction work may want to check out Peter Kreeft's "Ecumentical Jihad."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christian spiritual thriller for our times 27 Dec 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Lars Walker's spiritual thriller is set in south-eastern Minnesota in the very near future. Lars grew up near here, so he knows the people and culture from the inside, far better than, say, Garrison Kiellor.
As a spiritual thriller, this book is the most 'tro' or true and accurate (within the canons of mythopoeia) Christian spiritual thriller that I know of. Each re-reading of what might at first glance at the cover, appear a pulp fantasy, shows me more profundity, more depth of truth. If you like Peretti and Left Behind, but desire something deeper, this book is for you. If you like Tolkien and Lewis and wish to read something more contemporary, this novel is also for you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Change 28 Jun 2002
By Carol A. Drollinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This extraordinary book can't be placed in one category. It's a book in which you participate in Norse Mythology in modern times, with rich characters and a many layered plot that includes suspense and even subtle humor.
Future fantasy on par with Caleb Carr's "Killing Time."
If you are a fan of C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, you may have a touch of deja vu. The protagonists of both "Wolf Time" and the trilogy share similar experiences--if you know the Eldila you'll enjoy this.
There will be no time to lose your place.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 8 Dec 2000
By Extollager - Published on Amazon.com
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Talk about a page-turner. Talk about a book that keeps you up late because you want to read "just a little more" before lights out.
I was reminded of several of my favorites -- a word about them in half a second. But first, I must say I felt the author was writing from his own passion and wisdom! The book's robust and entertaining.
Well, it reminded me a little of Poul Anderson's classic "Unknown" magazine-style novel Three Hearts and Three Lions; Charles Williams's occult thriller War in Heaven; Russell Kirk's stories of the macabre published by the legendary Arkham House -- specifically "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost," in Watchers at the Strait Gate; and C. S. Lewis's Arthurian science fiction tale That Hideous Strength.
And it reminded me a bit of Stephen King, too.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Important Book 10 Aug 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite the author's claim that he's not trying to predict the future, he is very persuasive in his demonstration of how little baby steps can take a society right over the edge of the cliff, and I assure you that even now a nascent politician is reading the chapter on the Definition of Religion Act and thinking that it sounds like a Really Good Idea. All that aside, Mr. Walker wrestles with some very serious philosophical and theological issues here and like all good wrestlers, he leaves you with just as many questions as answers. Which reminds me: if you like this book, you should immediately go to the Popular Music section and buy Nichole Nordeman's "Wide Eyed" CD. Amazon is not going to make this connection, but it's a slam-dunk. Read the book, listen to the songs, and take heart in the fact that even if nobody knows the right answers, at least some pretty talented people are asking the right questions.
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