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The Settlers of Catan by [Gable, Rebecca]
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The year is 850. In the seas of northern Europe, the small coastal village of Elasund falls prey to marauding neighbors. Their food stores pillaged, women and children stolen, livestock destroyed, the villagers are left to barely survive the harsh winter — and contemplate a drastic solution to their recurring hardships: leaving the only village they have ever known. Foster brothers Candamir and Osmund lead their people on an epic quest to a mythic island home, but without knowledge of exactly where the island is, they must trust the gods to deliver them safely. Lost at sea and set adrift, an extraordinarily violent storm washes them ashore the island famed in pagan lore: Catan. They quickly set about building a new society but old grudges, animosities, and social orders lead to fraternal strife. As the ideals of Candamir's Christian slave spread throughout the village and conflict with pagan law, the two belief systems clash. When both Osmund and Candamir fall in love with Siglind, the mysterious queen of the Cold Islands, things come to a head.

Based on the wildly popular board game of the same name designed by Klaus Teuber, Rebecca Gable’s The Settlers of Catan is a must-read adventure rich in detail and rippling with intensity.

Interview: Author Rebecca Gable & Settlers of Catan Creator Klaus Teuber

Klaus Teuber: When we saw each other at the Frankfurt Book Fair recently, I recalled how we met there 10 years ago. Do you remember?

Rebecca Gable: Of course! You asked if I could imagine writing a novel based on your famous board game.

KT: I had read one of your books and was so excited about it, I wanted you to bring the story of the settlement of Catan to life. What was your first thought when I asked you?

RG: I thought, "This must be the most unusual and fascinating project ever proposed to me." What gave you the idea for a novelization in the first place?

KT: In the game, seafarers land on Catan. They harvest, trade, build, and settle the island. But where did those seafarers come from? Who are they? Why did they undertake this dangerous journey? The game doesn't answer any of those questions. I had some ideas but no story yet. Then you entered the picture.

RG: We met in Cologne to discuss some basic plot ideas, and it turned out we both had the word "Vikings" in our heads. What is so "Viking" about the game?

KT: Catan is set in the Early Middle Ages, and at that time the Vikings were the only seafaring people to venture into the open ocean, and therefore the only ones capable of reaching a fictitious island in the middle of the Atlantic. That was probably at the back of our minds.

How do you move from a draft outline like ours to developing your characters? Do you use people you know as models?

RG: Never. I'm fond of my friends and want to keep them, so I make sure the characters in my books don't resemble them. Speaking of characters: If you had to choose, would you rather sit down in a beer garden with Candamir or Osmund?

KT: Well, I'd prefer a little flirt with Siglind. But if I may only choose one of the men, I'd like Candamir to explain to me how to build a nice wooden chest. I still need a Christmas present for my wife.

How did you come up with the idea to season the novel with Austin, a likeable character who so insistently (and unsuccessfully) tries to evangelize his master, Candamir?

RG: The game inspired the creation of Austin. You've got to be clever and sometimes mean to win at Settlers of Catan, but whenever I play, it strikes me that what you need most is the ability to cooperate and compromise. Austin stands for that ability, I think--though he can be clever and mean, too.

KT: In your telling of the legend of Catan, the god Odin falls in love with Tanuri, the king of the Albs' daughter. Normally Odin can have any woman, but Tanuri makes a fool of him when he creates an idyllic island for her. Grief stricken, he moves the island to a place where nobody can find it. Of course, the island is Catan. Where did you get this wonderful idea? Did it come from an archetype in Norse mythology?

RG: It's not based on any particular Norse saga, but I tried to capture the atmosphere and narrative patterns of the form. I also wanted to emphasize how very special Catan is--not just in the book, but for millions of fans all over the world who love the game. Catan is a mythical and wonderful place.

A Look Inside The Settlers of Catan Collector's Edition

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The gods send a sign to the citizens of Elasund.
The mysterious queen of the Cold Islands beguiles both Candamir and Osmund.
The Settlers prepare for a long voyage by shearing their sheep.
The Settlers set sail for a new homeland.

From Booklist

Fans of the popular board game that inspired this novel will be thrilled to learn the backstory. For those with an interest in fiction set during the Viking era, there is something here for you, too. A village is attacked by raiders, and the surviving residents must decide whether it is worth staying on in the hardscrabble of northern Europe. One villager tells a tale of a wondrous land on the island of Catan but notes that the journey there is fraught with peril. No one can verify the tale, but it provides a glimmer of hope for a band of villagers who decide to venture to the mysterious island. Slavery, greed, religion, and social mores are all touched upon in the story, and all of these factors play roles in determining the future of the people living on Catan. Characters are fleshed out with plenty of interactions and dialogue, and the varieties of landscape on the island—so integral to playing the game—also are significant elements in the storyline. — Rebecca Gerber

Product Details

  • File Size: 1695 KB
  • Print Length: 621 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611090814
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (November 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005989D74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2011
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When I saw a book titled, "The Settlers of Catan" I thought to myself, all right, I'll bite.

This book is based very loosely on the best selling board game of the same name, The Settlers of Catan. Just a little background, the board game "The Settlers of Catan" was released in 1995 and soon won the very prestigious Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) Award. The game soon spread in popularity until it has become one of the most popular board game names in the world, and IMO changed the way game-players around the world look at games. My family and I have been playing this game for over a decade.

Anyway, back to the book...when I saw a book titled "The Settlers of Catan" my first reaction was, "Oh, Please! You can't be serious!" I thought it was nothing more than some kind of gimmick to make a quick buck on a well-known brand name. But, as a long-time player of the game I thought it deserved a fair shot, and I wanted to see if it really had anything to offer. I have to admit that I was hesitant to do that though...610pp is quite a few pages to give something a shot (too little time, too many know). But I ordered it up all the same.

The book was a bit daunting when I opened my smiling Amazon box...the version that I got is in a 9"x6" format, is about 1.5" thick, and the font is not large. Big books don't scare me, but remember I picked this book up as more of an experiment than out of a deep-seated desire to read it. You know, testing the waters.

Anyway, I dove into the book.
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After discovering the "Settlers of Catan" Board game last year, thanks to the "South Park" episode "Broadway Down Bro", I became interested in this wonderful universe's concepts; ending up with this English translation of Rebecca Gable's novel. Titled with the board game's name, this story presents the departure and settlement of a Norse colony toward an island some prophecy has proclaimed as Odin's gift, which he baptised as Catan. In it, two men in that colony, Candamir and Osmund, experience many ordeals while their friendship is put to the test. First, as they both fall in love with Siglind, a new member in their clan. Two, as they experience Olaf's tyranny, a rich man who has proclaimed himself with important authority powers over their new land. Three, the increasing presence of Christianity which the Saxon, one of Candamir's slave, has instigated on the island.

At almost six hundred pages, the novel presents itself like a historical chronicle of the life and customs of this Norwegian tribe. Presenting Nordic traditions, the people's lifestyle, mythology, and their religion, Gable's novel allows us to settle in her characters' life. To acknowledge their everyday life as if their colony had occured in our reality. As a special treat, the Kindle version offers illustrations of the story's main incidents. Allowing us to have a clear view of the characters, their environements, their situations, and the mood during the novel. Characters whose personality are clearly defined through their actions and feelings, but who also grow up as the years pass. On a side note, the novel contains some sexual scenes, making the readership age more appropriate for teenagers than children.
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By Dh on August 19, 2013
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This was an enjoyable read. Another good translation by Lee Chadeayne. While some people would think the dialogue wasn't authentic, I don't agree completely. With that complaint. I think It would be difficult to read a novel based only on how the characters were supposed to speak. I don't get hung on those small things. Remember it's a novel and not a text book, it should be enjoyable fiction.
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This was an extremely long book. It was translated from German so some things don't really come across as the author intended. It seems authentic for the time period, though it does drag on a while before they actually GET to Catan, and that bored me. Recommended for fans of the game only. I liked the resolution at the end.

TW: contains slavery, and non-explicit non-consensual sex.
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It is a solid adventure book, somewhat based on Vikings settling in Iceland. For those of us who read historical/fantasy/adventure fiction, I will compare it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, one of the best in its genre, and rate Outlander ten while giving Settlers of Catan five. If I compare Settlers of Catan with The Game of Thrones series by George R.R.Martin, within fantasy/adventure genre, Settlers get three against The Game of Thrones ten. These ratings are based solely on my reading preferences. I found the book enjoyable, but the language was a little too plain and the plot a bit too predictable. Let's just say I do not regret reading it, but if the second one in the series were to be written, I am not going to be the one reading it.
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