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The Raven's Table: Viking Stories by [Morgan, Christine]
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About the Author

Christine Morgan grew up in the hot, sunny desert, and moved north to get away from it as soon as she could. Her degree in psychology has served her well, particularly in helping her to land a night-shift residential counseling gig, which allows her some writing time in the wee small hours. Twice married and twice divorced, she now lives with a roomie and a bunch of cats, and has a grown daughter of whom she's eternally proud. Her lifelong loves of language, history, mythology, and horror all intersect best in the Viking age. An avid reader and reviewer and crazy craft/cookie lady as well, she's currently delighting in adding her own little touch of weirdness to the Portland writing community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1306 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Word Horde (28 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N18FG6W
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #784,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent Raging Breathing Fighting Loving Living Killing Dying: A Perfect Collection of the Unexpected 29 April 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Collections are scary in that they are multiple short stories written by the same person. There’s no margin for error, as with an anthology of multiple authors. Readers don’t have the option of skipping over to a fresh new imagination if a story starts to drag. The writer has to be damned good at what she does.

The Raven’s Table is a showcase of one writer’s incredible imagination delivered with finesses and skilled word craft. Christine Morgan is a perfect model of what every collections author should seek.

Admittedly, I’m no fan of hairy sword guys and gals in chainmail underwear running around having battles and ghosts and horses and such, yet I was instantly hooked by the gritty, apocalyptic horror of “The Barrow-Maid,” the opening act and fantastic marriage of Viking lore and the macabre. After that, it became a true effort to keep from starting the next story. Each tale is intriguing and uniquely told, yet Ms. Morgan’s command of her craft is so clean and proficient, the words disappeared and I felt like I was watching The Raven’s Table stories rather than reading them.
The characters are individual to each story, as is the voice. But for me, the finest part of The Raven’s Table is the unique way in which these stories are tied together in a Viking setting rendered not only in great narrative, but in a definitive language that brings the world to life. That, combined with the incredible stretch of imagination which not only steps way outside the typical tropes of fantasy and horror, but delivers with believability and often an emotionally haunting end. An ending that, many times, made me put the book aside to let every image sink in. Before diving right back for the next episode.

The Raven’s Table is a Viking masterpiece and Christine Morgan a Valkyrie with quill and well. An easy five stars and huge win for Word Horde Press. Every tale is an addicting adventure into different realms of imagination. Read this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, heady and entertaining stuff -- another Word Horde success 25 Feb. 2017
By TeoReljic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Given Word Horde’s standing as an exemplary publisher of off-the-beaten track genre fiction, one would expect Christine Morgan’s collection to take a ‘genre’ tack to the history of the Northmen — and true to form, Morgan’s stories certainly take a liberal approach to both history and the parameters of reality, with all the stories featuring at least some element of the supernatural. Happily, however, this broadens out beyond a predictable association with the Sword ‘n Sorcery genre — the logical, obvious generic frame for Viking stories — to encompass a rich array of styles and storytelling modes.

But beyond the make-up of the individual stories in and of themselves, a feature that remains a running thread throughout is Morgan’s deft grasp of pacing and tension; ensuring that readers turn the pages while always being at the ready with a surprise. This is complemented by Word Horde’s consistently clever editorial approach, and once again the stories are grouped together in a way that complements their tone and approach.

The Raven’s Table may not be the revisionist viking story anthology you’re perhaps looking for — though male : female representation is pretty solid, it remains limned by the political realities of the period it depicts, and by a general desire to spin gripping yarns evoking traditional narratives — and neither is it a flinty, historically accurate portrayal of viking life as it was lived.

But Morgan’s collection is certainly a gripping read through-and-through. It takes all the things we find appealing about vikings and their world — the propensity towards righteous violence, a kind of vaunted machismo as a way of life and a mythic world that’s both weird and epic — and distributes them evenly across a tonally rich and inspired set of stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Death and Dismemberment: Things For the Puny Mortal to Avoid 21 May 2017
By Mara Johnstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As someone who's definitely into Vikings and the supernatural -- but not really into gore -- this collection wasn't quite what I expected. These are no Hollywood endings. These are cautionary tales in the old style, about people getting on the bad side of gods, monsters, and everything in between. The death count is high and full of innocents. Of the 18 stories, only 4 or 5 end on what I'd call a positive note, in modern terms. But the tales are memorable and gripping, as all cautionary tales should be, and if easily-offended godlings were something I could expect to encounter in my day-to-day life, I would consider myself well warned indeed. These stories will stick in the mind for a long time. Particularly the one with the spiders, the case of the wrong afterlife, and the stalker mermaid. And of course the one black sheep of the flock: the story without any violence. It's got goats, gods, and sex instead.
5.0 out of 5 stars the joy of reading 20 Mar. 2017
By Ian Welke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I often look forward to going to bed to read. But too often, even if I’m looking forward to it, stuff comes up, I go to bed late, and read very little. The Raven’s Table is one of those rare books that I looked forward to so much that I was motivated throughout each day to get through everything so I could get to bed early and read more. There is a pure joy to reading these stories. It’s like Morgan took all that’s fun about Viking stories and distilled it down to its most joyous parts. I hope that there will be another volume of these in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, dynamic, dark, gruesome, compelling, bone crunching! 23 Jun. 2017
By Amber Fallon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Those are just a few of the words I could use to describe this collection. Christine Morgan is a master of the narrative tale, weaving dark paths through bloody battlefields and ancient lands. This collection is absolutely brilliant. If you like Vikings (the show) or Vikings (the people) this is for you. Heck, even if you just like good, dark, brutal fiction, PICK UP A COPY NOW!
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