Review: Ragnarok by Brian James


Publisher: Smith
Publishers Date: November 2013
ISBN: 9781462694280
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Description: The Viking gods have been banished from Asgard by Odin. Today they make the best of life on Earth. Thor is a professional athlete, Freya a prostitute, and Loki sells cheap products on QVC. Lurking in the background of their lives is a prophecy; one that declares that their time is at an end. Ragnarok is about to throw the gods into a state of civil war and the one who controls the hammer of Thor may be able to change the arc of destiny.

Review: This is an epic commentary on todays American pop culture. The author pokes fun at anything from Bill O’reilly, and Oprah to Area 51. It is a hilarious romp through pop culture coupled with an epic tale of Norse Mythology and their Gods.

There were some fall downs within the novel that were minor like pistols with 40 mm ammo, which is impossible. I think the author meant 40 caliber. Also, you will wonder why the God Freya with all her abilities, chooses to become a prostitute when she obviously hates it. Wouldn’t it have been easier to shack up with one rich dude? Would not have been as interesting but the Freya story-line was not real believable. The cover is really bad. It is like the publisher pulled a cover from an un-related novel and stuck it on. Looks like a bunch of birds at a lava feeder. None of what is depicted relates to the story.

The author takes a mythos-story and turns it on it’s ear. Odin is a dick whom trades his children like cattle. Thor is a whoring drunk whom hates Odin for trading his wife, Sif to a demon whom rapes her. Thor’s brother stabs him in the back as does Sif. Odin tries to kill Thor, repeatedly. Idun, the goddess of longevity is summarily killed without a second thought. The only true relationship in the whole novel is Freya and Thor, and even that is a pretty loose relationship throughout the whole novel up until the end.

Get this novel if you enjoy glib and witty commentary that pummels popular culture at every turn. The story-line is funny and interesting with solid character development that both enhances and sets up the commentary.


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  1. Pingback: Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt (Canongate, 2009)
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