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Icelander Paperback – June 10, 2007
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Item: the protagonist is known only as "Our Heroine" throughout; Hiro Protagonist, step aside.
Item: there have been murder mysteries where the macguffin is a lost Shakespeare play; in "Icelander," Shirley MacGuffin is killed over a lost Thomas Kyd play.
Item: Hubert Jorgens, "rogue library-scientist...blacklisted from any jobs within the mainstream library-science community"!
Item: the footnotes. Here's an extract from one of my favorites, which describes Vanaheim, the underground country living in caves beneath Iceland, whose struggle for national independence is the motivation for some of Our Heroine's antagonists: "We await the day that Vanaheim, like an unruly footnote, will rise to overwhelm the would-be master text of topside Iceland."
Item: though this is apparently the author's first work, it is presented as the latest in a long series. Every character, on their first appearance in the story, gets an introductory paragraph recapping which of Our Heroine's family's previous adventures they appeared in.
The only quibbles I can make about the book are: I'm modern enough I'd like just a *little* more of the story to be explicit, I can't figure out what "Angus O'Malvins" is an anagram of, and the title is misleading in that the only character who appears to be an Icelander is distinctly a supporting role. (Well, plus several Vanaheimers.)
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