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The King of Vinland's Saga Hardcover – 1 Sep 1998

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738801518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738801513
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,599,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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. . . earns a place on the bookshelf beside other neo-sagas. Mirsky has an excellent command of the saga style and spins a fine, page-turning tale . . . -- IDUNNA magazine, Summer, 1999, reviewer: Diana Paxson, author of THE WOLF AND THE RAVEN

. . . excellent first novel . . . a book the reader can't stay away from and mourns when it is finished. -- Midwest Book Review, Fall 1999, reviewer: Shelley Glodowski

. . . superbly faithful and inventive recreation of ancient Epic . . . uncompromisingly true to its centuries-old tradition yet stirringly contemporary . . . -- Carey Harrison, critic and author of RICHARD'S FEET, winner of the Encore Award/UK Society of Authors

. . . wonderfully rich adventure novel, with memorable characters . . . it even passed my 'keeps me up reading until 3 a.m. test'. -- from the SFSite in Canada, reviewer: Georges T. Dodds

From the Author

When I set out to write this book I aimed to create a tale both modern and old-fashioned -- one which could hold its head up as an historical romance of the 19th century sort, yet still work for us moderns. To do so, I selected the "voice" of a 13th century sagaman to recount an 11th century adventure in the guise of a 19th century historical romance. And frankly, while I had to cheat a little to make the tale contemporary, I really didn't cheat all that much. In truth, adopting the voice of other times is actually a very respectable tradition for telling a tale of high adventure, though it seems to have gone out of style by the late twentieth century. (The closest thing we have to it today is "fantasy and science fiction"; -- which this book isn't, so be forewarned.) Hopefully, THE KING OF VINLAND'S SAGA will help make high adventure fashionable once more, finding its audience among those who like history or who just like their fiction well-leavened with the archaic. For myself, I was particularly taken with the remarkable sympathetic resonance between the old sagas of medieval Iceland and the American mythos of the West so I tried to capture that as well. I hope the reader will find some or all of this in the book offered here. I, at least, enjoyed writing it.

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