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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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  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957313322
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NAAVIA
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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.

To keep up to date on his new releases, sign up here: http://www.davidjnormoyle.com/mailinglist/

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lothus on November 2, 2012
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The story revolves around Jagger, a socially awkward boy who has basically withdrawn from the real world (referred to as the "realwhirl" in the book) to dive into his imagination to the exclusion of everything else.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 By Elizabeth Corrigan on October 1, 2012
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(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 By Ariella on August 18, 2012
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**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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By Momma Says Read on April 19, 2013
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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.

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Momma gives Myth Weaver by Mr David J Normoyle 3 cookies!
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Although I enjoyed the myth retelling of this book, the 'realwhirl' story was uninspiring to me. I thought the protagonist was quite the slacker and I could not bring myself to cheer him on in this story. I imagine this would be artistic and appealing to some readers, but especially given the title I had expected a real hero I could root for, so I was disappointed. However, the myth retelling and comparison of the parallels in Greek and Norse mythology was quite good.
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