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The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The previous reviews of this novel impress.
Making a start on my own copy of Bengtsson's novel, I expected the greatest ever best-kept secret in action-adventure storytelling of all time. It isn't.
Don't misunderstand me: I enormously enjoyed this sprawl of a tale, which takes the reader to just about every land the Vikings either traded with or raided. But it has more in common with the Icelandic Sagas (nothing wrong in that); it's more of an overview of a story. Bernard Cornwell, Robert Low and Giles Kristian, it ain't.
I'm not saying don't buy the book. It's definitely enjoyable. Just don't expect immersive, graphically described fight-and battle scenes; 'the smell of the… Read more
Viking: The Norse Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual (U&hellip by John Haywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's go Viking!, 24 Dec 2013
I liked this.
All too often, when reading about history, I feel I'm being kept at arm's length by the author. The presentation of detail in most historical texts just isn't immersive enough. It's as if writers either have too much reverence for their subject, or are too disdainful of their readers to try bringing their subject truly to life. The result is often a rote recitation of facts: dates, geography, context. It doesn't work! Far more accessible, it seems to me, is the Time Traveller's style of book: put the reader in there, make him/her walk the streets of London several centuries ago, describe the things they might see, hear, smell. Do it in a much more informal, almost… Read more
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Post-it Review, 7 Sep 2013
If you're looking for a snapshot of civilisation three centuries hence, in an (almost) dramatic setting, this book might be for you. If you're expecting the Mars Trilogy, or Gallileo's Dream, or something of that standard, however, you might want to give this one a miss. I enjoyed it though.