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Myth Weaver [Kindle Edition]

David J. Normoyle
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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"Vivid, creative, encouraging, educational-highly recommended", Mallory Heart Reviews

Eighteen-year-old Jagger Burns lives so much in his head that his guardian wonders if she should commit him. In the real world, he's shy, he's an orphan and he's just failed his college exams. His imaginary world feels safer. When he enrolls in a mythology class, Greek and Norse myths fill Jagger's daydreams; they become so real that Zeus's thunderbolts leave phantom burns behind. These gods have ideas of their own; they're guiding Jagger back to reality.

Each myth he relives in his imaginary world teaches Jagger more about living in the real world. With Loki and Prometheus to help him, he begins to re-enter life and gets a job on the student newspaper. But when his reporting uncovers a dangerous crime ring, he'll need everything the gods can teach him to survive. Otherwise, he'll either dream away the rest of his life in an institution, or wind up dead.

"A must read for anyone fascinated with the legends and myths of old.", Alan Bes, book reviewer

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About the Author

David was born in Australia, but moved to Ireland at an early age. The early globe crossing must have gone to his head, as he has since backpacked through and lived in numerous countries. He grew up on a farm as the eldest of nine unruly siblings, but since his escape, he prefers city living. His electronic engineering degree is currently gathering dust while he tries new and strange pursuits such as novel writing.

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  • Print Length: 204 pages
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent idea, but... November 2, 2012
By Lothus
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story revolves around Jagger, a socially awkward boy who has basically withdrawn from the real world (referred to as the "realwhirl" in the book) to dive into his imagination to the exclusion of everything else. He uses his imagination to go through, and in the end, draw confidence from, various Greek and Norse myths.

The problem is, the "real" portion with Jagger is minimal, for the most part. The entire book seems mostly a vehicle to retell a whole stack of classic myths in abbreviated form from a somewhat different point of view than usual. While this is interesting, it takes up the majority of the book. Overall, it's well written, but the concept feels somewhat weak to me. Jagger gains confidence from the myths, including doing some things he shouldn't, but for the most part the pivotal moment seems to play out due to serendipity... when suddenly his life manages to turn around and he can focus on reality.

If you really love the myths involved enough to want to see every possible viewpoint, this may be a book for you. If you were hoping for more of a main story with the myths either blending farther into the background or taking a more active role in the real world, this probably isn't for you. For me, it was worth the read, but isn't likely to be one I pull out again down the road.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Retelling of Classic Myths October 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot

Jagger is on the verge of being kicked out of university for failure to participate in any of his classes, but he can't really bring himself to care. All he really wants to do is spend time in his dream world, where he coaches a soccer team. But then one night, he finds himself not on the field with his players but on the Norse plain of Vigrid. There the Greek and Norse gods battle each other for supremacy, but since the fighters cannot die, neither side can be victorious. The gods thus set the decision to Jagger, who asks that they tell him the stories of their myths, so that he might judge. But as he learns more about the mythological heroes, he starts to realize how his own life could be improved if he modeled himself after these men of legends.

The Good

The layout of Myth Weaver was very interesting. The story alternated between Jagger's life and is dream world in Vigrid, which in turn had stories from the Norse and Greek myths. Jagger saw the stories from different points of view, inhabiting the head of whoever could best tell the story at any given time. This made the retelling of the traditional stories seem more original because instead of just recounting the epic tales, the accounts considered what the people experiencing the events must be feeling.

Experiencing the myths also made Jagger more aware of what was going on around him in the real world. He notices the people around him, how their lives were like the myths and how the myths could help him better understand reality. Listening to the tales of heroes made him realize how afraid he was to do anything and gave him the courage to do something truly brave.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Myth Weaver review August 18, 2012
By Ariella
Format:Kindle Edition
**A review copy was provided by the author for review purposes**

Cover: Ooh.. that must be Vigrid. I see Zeus and Odin have joined the party too :)

My thoughts:

So the story begins with eighteen-year-old Jagger who has a very active imagination. He prefers to live in his imagination than the "realwhirl". One day in his daydream, he stumbled upon Vigrid. He saw thunderous (no pun intended) Greek god Zeus and the one-eyed Odin fighting. They were arguing about whether Greek or Norse myths are better. To keep them from fighting, Jagger acts as the judge under Prometheus and Loki's guidance. Both gods help Jagger relive the myths. Meanwhile, Jagger has his own quests in the realwhirl.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun Read April 19, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
By Momma on April 20, 2013
Myth Weaver

Mythweaver was a fun escape, but seemed to lack the ability to really hook me. Perhaps this writing style combined with the genre just was a little too much for me to be able to appreciate. The story did have a mixed-world scenario where some of the action takes place in a fantasy, yet Jagger, the main character was still trying to eke out a normal life.

I really did enjoy the mythology of the story. Putting a spin on some tried and true myths really did work in this book. I was surprised at how easily Normoyle convinced me to suspend my belief that Jagger would be allowed to have the authority he was granted by Gods!

The way the character regarded the everyday was a bit irritating, I felt that the overall story could have benefited from Jagger learning a little more about "real life" and how he was doing it wrong.

Overall a fun read, if you like mythology I tend to think you will really enjoy this book.

What does Momma Think?

Momma gives Myth Weaver by Mr David J Normoyle 3 cookies!
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By Gunther
Format:Kindle Edition
I just couldn't get into this story. I love mythology, and know the Greek and Norse tales well. This was basically a rough re-telling of the most well known of these with an odd story of a college student trying to avoid life interspersed. I found the main character to be more irritating and unlikeable than anything. With no good explanation or description of WHY we should want to care about him and his dreams/hallucinations/dissociative fantasies, I found that I just didn't care what happened to him. I'm not sure that the inclusion of the whole "fight with a local drug lord" was really a good choice. It came off as a disconnected and uninteresting tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice
Original Post: [...]

I received a copy courtesy of Netgalley and Fiction Addiction.


What caught my attention for this book was the cover. Read more
Published 22 months ago by TienTaylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on Norse and Greek Mythology
I found the book to be an interesting take on the stories from Norse and Greek Mythology, I liked how the author had the central character, Jagger, being pulled into various myths... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Lyn Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars If you love Mythology, this could be a good fit!
Reviewed for The Masquerade Crew & Posted on Goodreads! If you absolutely love mythology this is a good book for you. Read more
Published on May 17, 2013 by L. A .Matthies
3.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't identify with Jagger
Abha C's Review

This is a story about Jagger Burns a reluctant hero. He is a young man that finds escape in a world of his own creation. Read more
Published on April 29, 2013 by Masquerade Crew
4.0 out of 5 stars completely unusual
A British college freshman pretty much just lives in fantasyland in his own mind. But he accidentally stumbles onto a real world drug ring even Scotland yard couldn't catch. Read more
Published on February 28, 2013 by pinkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by my favourite author.
This book was very interesting. I loved the way the familiar stories of the myths were woven into this novel, and the way they inspired Jager to be more heroic.
Published on December 9, 2012 by marie Conneally
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth Weaver
I was so very happy when I came across this book! What can I say, I'm a HUGE mythology fan! To tell the truth, though, I didn't know what to expect from this book. Read more
Published on September 29, 2012 by Lili Lost in a Book
3.0 out of 5 stars More a Myth Retelling than a Myth Weaver
I received this book in exchange for a review and I had high hopes for the book. It sounded full of adventure and excitement. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it was not that. Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Brit Suttell
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, creative, encouraging, educational-highly recommended
Review of Myth Weaver by David Normoyle

A lovely and lyrical reader's hook and an endearing protagonist, pathologically shy but yet quite brilliant, commences an... Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws
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More About the Author

David was born in Australia, but moved to Ireland at an early age. The early globe crossing must have gone to his head, as he has since backpacked through and lived in numerous countries. He grew up on a farm as the eldest of nine unruly siblings, but since his escape, he prefers city living. His electronic engineering degree is currently gathering dust while he invents things that don't have to follow the laws of physics.

He lives in Dublin and is currently finishing his dystopian trilogy, The Narrowing Path series.

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