42/100 Vikings (Great Courses)

This was a fascinating course I obtained through Audible. I tend to listen to Great Courses while I am in the car and therefore probably do not pay enough attention, but what I did catch of Viking History was fascinating. This lector has a wonderful way of making history come to life. I had no idea how long the Viking Age spanned, nor was I aware of how much impact the vikings had on our history overall.
If you enjoy Norse Mythology, like watching shows about vikings, or love reading about vikings then this is a great course to help you winnow the facts from the fiction.
Happy Listening!

32/100 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This audio book was a very interesting interpretation of the Norse Mythos.  Gaiman is a very talented author and it was amazing to hear about a subject that fascinated him from his own perspective.  The Norse Mythos are indeed one of the less popular/widely known mythos.  They tend to be greatly interpreted by the Marvel Comics from which we find Thor in modern times.  These are not always true to the original myths, in fact they are greatly changed and often misrepresent individuals within the myths.  I enjoyed listening to the retelling of the myths from Gaiman’s perspective and hope that either he continues this trend, or that other authors take up the mythology banner.

18/100 The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

Are you introspective?  Do you not consider yourself anti-social but find small talk to be not only boring but annoying?  If you do than you can relate to Jace, the main character found in this book.  She is an amazingly oblivious intellectual that lives life in her own way and at her own pace.  The hardships that she has suffered through would make a grown man cry but Jace just keeps on dealing with the hardships of her second life.  Didn’t I mention that she was murdered and brought back to life by a Norse Goddess?  Silly me, these details sometimes get away from me.

If you want to read about an introspective loner that lives in a huge house full of women, serves as a warrior for a Norse deity, finds kinship in a house full of intellectuals under service of another Norse deity and will literally jump out of a moving car to get away from small-talk, then this is the book for you.  The fast moving plot keeps your attention while the quirky characters keep you laughing out loud.  I cannot wait for the third book in this series to be released!

17/100 The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

This is a fascinating world that Laurenston created based on Norse mythologies that are not completely focused on Thor and Loki or Odin and Frigga, but on other Norse Deities.  Thor and Odin are both mentioned as they both have their warriors but they are not the central focus.  Really, the dieties are just the vehicle on which the plot is based.  If you have read any of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon then some of the plot elements are familiar.  I do enjoy the world’s that Laurenston creates.  The Pride Shifters Series was amazing and I can see where they might eventually intersect with these Crows.  I know that Hunting Season (The Gathering Book 1) is considered a different series but like the Magnus Pack and Pride series I believe they are two sides of the same series.

This is a fast paced series with characters that you will love, hate, and love to hate.  The main female character is both wonderful and flawed at the same time.  She is retired marine with a pit bull and an inability to kill wantonly.  Normally the last thing would be good, but Crows are sent into situations when killing is needed.  The main male character was born and raised to be a Raven, but this hasn’t stopped him from falling for a Crow.  Watch how a retired marine and her pit bull come to terms with their new life and bring some special joy to the Crows and Ravens; causing havoc and meeting people along the way.

2/100 Hunting Season (The Gathering 1) by Shelly Laurenston

This is a really good book. If you are reading her new Crow series and enjoying it then this book is right up your alley. While it takes place on the eastern side of the US and the new series is based in California most of the elements are the same. If you want to read a book about Kick Butt women and the men who can keep up, then this is the series for you. Fantasy and really out there but with a more human twist than some. These women are given a chance at a new life, but they are not immortal. They have new strengths and are expected to defeat evil but they still are allowed to have lives, of a sort.

In this fast paced, pretty steamy, novel the leaders of two different supernatural groups are firmly in ‘lust’ with each other but haven’t gotten together yet. Through sheer persistence a chance is taken and the steam begins. As another reviewer put it, if you are looking for an existential read, this isn’t it. If you want a fast paced, steamy novel full of kick butt women and some pretty awesome guys then check this, and almost anything Laurenston writes, out.

So it Begins! 1/100 The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston

This was a fantastic book, even if some of the characters are designed to be despised.  At least that is what I hope Erin’s purpose is since I hate her.  Like most of Laurenston’s books this is not for the weak of heart, or those that take things too personally.  If you hate the word ‘bitch’ then don’t read any of these.  It is used with the greatest of affection and meant as a term to refer to a strong woman, but it can be easily misinterpreted.  If you get over that little quirk, this is a fascinating world that Laurenston created based on Norse mythologies that are not completely focused on Thor and Loki or Odin and Frigga, but on other Norse Deities.  Thor and Odin are both mentioned as they both have their warriors but they are not the central focus.  Really, the dieties are just the vehicle on which the plot is based.  If you have read any of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon then some of the plot elements are familiar.  I do enjoy the world’s that Laurenston creates.  The Pride Shifters Series was amazing and I can see where they might eventually intersect with these Crows.  I know that Hunting Season (The Gathering Book 1) is considered a different series but like the Magnus Pack and Pride series I believe they are two sides of the same series.

This is a fast paced series with characters that you will love, hate, and love to hate.  The main female character is both wonderful and flawed at the same time.  She is retired marine with a pit bull and an inability to kill wantonly.  Normally the last thing would be good, but Crows are sent into situations when killing is needed.  The main male character was born and raised to be a Raven, but this hasn’t stopped him from falling for a Crow.  Watch how a retired marine and her pit bull come to terms with their new life and bring some special joy to the Crows and Ravens; causing havoc and meeting people along the way.