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Short story author van Eekhout makes a successful leap to long fiction with this thrilling urban fantasy. As human civilizations crumble, Valkyries prepare for Ragnarok by using DNA testing to select perfect warriors for their army of the dead. Resurrected NorseCODE operative Mist loses faith in the project after a tragic accident, and she goes AWOL. After Mist encounters the near-forgotten god Hermod as he investigates portents of doom along the California coastline, the two journey into the afterlife of Helheim, where they make some unexpected allies. With deities scheming and ancient prophecies coming true, can a reluctant Valkyrie and a world-weary god prevent the apocalypse? While a few aspects of the conclusion don't quite hang together, the compelling prose and epic blend of mythological and modern elements make it clear that van Eekhout is an author to watch. (June)
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“Norse Code is a clever, witty reimagining of one of our enduring myths in a world of Southern California baristas and shopping malls: Ragnarok at Malibu, with wandering gods, thoughtful monsters, high tech Valkyries and world-spanning catastrophes. Van Eekhout demonstrates his well-deserved reputation as a masterful short fiction stylist on a much larger canvas—one that stretches from the frozen basements of hell to the depths of black infinity, without ever losing his focus on the human and the humane. A satisfying read that taps the vein of our oldest legends in the most modern way possible.”—Jay Lake, author of Escapement
“Greg van Eekhout combines the thrills of gods and monsters with the chills of endless winter in this inventive and mythic modern fantasy. Neil Gaiman fans take note!”—Tim Pratt, author of The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
“Van Eekhout plays with Norse mythology like he invented it. This is a really fun read, with plenty of cool bits to chew over after putting it down. I like this book a lot.” — Steven Brust, author of Jhegaala
"Norse Code has bone crunching battles, ironic ravens, a resistance movement of dead Iowans, a great loner hero redeemed by the love of a spunky valkyrie in California during the apocalypse, and lots of wit. If that doesn't sound like fun to you, all I can say is, well, I'm sorry. Cause it is."—Maureen McHugh, author of China Mountain Zhang
"A renegade valkyrie and a runaway god team up to stop the apocalypse in a book filled with battles and betrayals, love and hope. If the world ends tomorrow, you can't do anything better than read Greg van Eekhout's Norse Code. But don't blame me if you end up joining the resistance. I love this book."–C. C. Finlay, author of The Patriot Witch
Fantastic, fun urban fantasy/Norse Gods mash-up. Ragnarok is on the way, and it doesn't really matter whether you believe in the Norse gods or not, because you're either going to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Lichter
I liked it. It kept me entertained and that they found an ending I wasn't able to anticipate. This doesn't happen very often.Published 8 months ago by Kathryn E. Hutson
Interesting modern twist to Ragnorok and the Valkaries. I enjoyed reading it and trying to figure out everything that was going on throughout the book was fun.Published 9 months ago by BJ
This is a pretty good book. Without giving out spoilers, it is an end of the world story with a decidedly Norse take. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ron
It had a very strong first half, but the ending was just sort of blah. It wasn't bad, but it could have been a lot better.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a very well plotted, well written story. But the characters, especially Hermod, were not as 3 dimensional as a story like this one demands. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kathryn E. Miles
You will never look at the Norse pantheon or the Nine Worlds the same way EVER AGAIN!
This was an excellent book. Read more
Boy, you'd think the tale of Vikings and Norse gods attempting to stop the end of the world where huge monsters are going to fight would be exciting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric Juneau
I only know the basics about Norse mythology and Ragnarok, but I did grow up in Los Angeles. It was fun to read all the local references and how it was woven into the mythology and... Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Takako