Runemarks

by Joanne Harris | Children's Books |
ISBN: 9780552555753 Global Overview for this book
Registered by hakkalina of Budapest, Pest Hungary on 2/25/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by hakkalina from Budapest, Pest Hungary on Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Paperback edition with 504 pages. The mailed package was around 0.340 kg.

From its cover: Maddy smith has always been an outsider. born with rusty-coloured rune on her hand - what the villagers call a ruinmark - she is scarred by this symbol of the old gods, a sign of magic. And everyone knows that magic is dangerous. Except for Maddy, who actually thinks it is rather fun. Until now. For suddenly her friend One-Eye, a rascally Outlander, wants her to open Red Horse Hill and descend into World Below - a world filled with goblins and far worse - to retrieve a relic of the old gods...

~~ I offered this book for a BookRay ~~
Its travel started on: 2009. March 3.
The finish came: 2012. August 19.


Read and passed on: 29 readers, namely:
1. Samulli (GER), 2. Mallary (FRA), 3. Turnpages (GBR), 4. PepeLePew (Bos-Her),5. Wandering-B (HongKong), 6. sfogs (NZE), 7. Rrrcaron (USA), 8. voveryte (UK), 9. rainbow3 (UK), 10. Lottiotta (UK), 11. Silvia-pco (POR), 12. BokOrm09 (UK), 13. cally-c (UK), 14. realiz64 (UK), 15. lauraloo29 (CAN), 16. Inver (UK), 17. kalise (AUT), 18. WelshHelen (UK), 19. footymadgill (UK), 20. jax987654321 (UK), 21. Appelsiini (FIN), 22. Alannia (Malaysia), 23. dvg (USA), 24. LyliKlip (GER), 25. SerendipityN (GER), 26. nordie (UK), 27. Tsjara (NED), 28. rodespringbal (BEL) and 29. penelopewanders (SUI).

was skipped: kanaye44 (USA), Dq33 (UK, inactive BC-er), easterngirl71 (USA)


** Thank You all for participating in this Ray!! :) ** ---<<--{@

Journal Entry 2 by hakkalina at Budapest, Pest Hungary on Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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The ring starts!! Have a nice reading to everybody!
Thanks your participation. :-)

Journal Entry 3 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Thursday, March 05, 2009
It's here. :-)
Thanks a lot for making this book available as a ring, hakkalina. I would otherwise totally have missed it. And thanks for that beautiful bookmark. They always come in handy. :-)

I have one other book to finish first, but that shouldn't take more than 2 days or so. Then I can start on this one. It looks very exciting and I love the cover.

Journal Entry 4 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Monday, March 16, 2009
I loved this book! I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up in my top ten for this year, even though it's only March. :-)
The reason it took me comparatively long to read it is that I mostly read just one chapter at a time and then put it down again to think back on what I had just read. Because, you see, it's not only one story Harris tells here. Although Maddy's adventures are obviously the main story arc, we get lots and lots of other, older stories as well, mostly in asides and throwaway sentences.
You will probably get more out of this book if you know at least a little bit about Norse mythology. All the old gods like Odin, Thor, Freya etc. - and most of all Loki, who was always my favorite - are characters in this book and Joanne Harris brings them to life remarkably well. Her level of skill is up to par with Neil Gaiman's, who did a similar thing in "American Gods".
The book is billed as a children's book, but I really don't see why (except maybe that the main character is a teenager). It is definitely just as enjoyable for adult readers as all her other books are. I will have to get my own copy of it one of these days, because that is one to re-read.

Thanks so much for making it available as a bookring, hakkalina!
I have contacted mallary for her address already and the book should be on the way to France in the next couple of days.

ETA:
sent off on Monday, March 16th.

Journal Entry 5 by Mallary from Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Arrived today, many thanks samulli!
I am just reading Innocent Traitor by Alsion Weir and then I will get onto this. Thanks!

Journal Entry 6 by Mallary from Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Thursday, April 02, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
It was unlike any other I have read by Joanne Harris.
I am going to order a copy for my two teenagers to read as it's exactly the type of book they would love!
Thanks for sharing, it's due to be posted to Turnpages as soon as I have her addy.

Journal Entry 7 by Mallary at Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Friday, April 03, 2009

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On it's way to Turnpages in the UK!

Journal Entry 8 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, April 11, 2009
The book arrived safely and of course I had to start reading straight away.... I already agree with Mallary that it is unlike any other Joanne Harris books, but I think I will still like it....

Thank you for sending and thank you for the ring!

Journal Entry 9 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, April 24, 2009
What a surprise! I loved the prophecies and the mystery aspect of this fantasy novel, although I must admit that not being acquainted with the Norse mythology did make it difficult to follow at times.
But I enjoyed the read, even though I am not usually a fan of science-fiction and fantasy...

The book will be posted off soon, as I already have the address...

Journal Entry 10 by turnpages at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, May 02, 2009

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Travelling already... Forgot entry, SORRY!

Journal Entry 11 by PepeLePew from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday, May 04, 2009
Arrived today. Thank you so much for sending it my way, turnpages and thanks for sharing, hakkalina. I'll start reading it as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now, which should be in a couple of days :)

Journal Entry 12 by PepeLePew from Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday, May 29, 2009
Definitely one of the most entertaining books I've read lately. Great topic, very interesting story and, of course, excellent writing. Can't expect anything less from Joanne Harris :)

Thank you, hakkalina, for hosting two of the best bookrings I've joined since becoming BC member.

I have the address and this will be mailed soon

Journal Entry 13 by PepeLePew at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 01, 2009

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Mailed to Wandering-B. Hope it gets there safely :)

Journal Entry 14 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Monday, August 17, 2009
Just returned from holiday to find this one waiting ofr me. Thanks to hakkalina for sharing with us all and to Pepelepew for mailing it to me. I will get to it as soon as possible - but please be a little patient with me as quite a few books arrived in my absence :)

Journal Entry 15 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Monday, October 05, 2009
Loved it - Joanne Harris writes an amazing book, as always. Thanks hakkalina for sharing with us all - posting along to sfogs today.

Journal Entry 16 by Sfogs from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Wow~!! It's arrived today!! Thank you everyone!
I'll get on to reading it as soon as I can!

Journal Entry 17 by Sfogs from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, November 08, 2009
I quite enjoyed it! It was different to what I was expecting, but that helped with the mystery!!
Thanks hakkalina for making this book available!
and thanks to Wandering-B for passing it on!
I'll post it on Wednesday if all goes well.

Journal Entry 18 by Sfogs at Christchurch, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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On it's way to the USA!

Journal Entry 19 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, November 19, 2009
I received this book in the mail today. Will get to it soon.
Ruth

Journal Entry 20 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 04, 2009
I'ts been qiute some time since I've read a book of this nature. really enjoyed the storyline, but will admit I got lost at times, knowing nothing at all about Norse myths. Not at all what I expected from Joanne Harris! Sending on to next reader. Thanks for sharing!
Ruth

Journal Entry 21 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, December 11, 2009
Received today! Going to my TBR pile, but I'll try to be quick!

Journal Entry 22 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Although I am not so excited about this book as other readers, I still liked it a lot. I like mythology, but somehow it felt a bit dryish at times in this book. However, Joanne Harris' style never fails and it's an absolute delight to read her stories.

Thanks so much hakkalina for organising this ring. Sorry everyone for keeping this book for so long and I appreciate your patience with me.

I have contacted rainbow3 and will send the book as soon as I get the address.
ETA 08/03/2010: I have got the address, but rainbow3 is going to be away until the 16th of March and asked to hold on to the book as it might not fit through the letterbox, so going to send it on or before the 16th!

Journal Entry 23 by rainbow3 from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, March 27, 2010
This popped through my letterbox today, Saturday, March 27, 2010 (((MANY THANKS))) Its lovely to have been included on the ring!
I was not “up and at the day” as my mum says and, was woken by the sound of a book sliding through my letterbox and thudding to the carpet. (Easy to determine it was a book - GRIN - in most bookcrossers lives, what else would make that sound?) That’s odd I thought, a book arriving on Sunday? Clearly, not fully awake. Comprehension broke, I shot upright, leapt out of bed and hot footed it straight out to a lunchtime choral performance I had intended to attend with a friend. Back now and keen to let the ring readers know the book is safe, here’s a caught Journal Entry to that effect!
Totally off topic ~ I noticed Mallary named as an earlier reader and want to say ~ Hi to Mallary, we haven’t corresponded for ages and I am hoping things are well with you? Nothing but good thoughts your way, hugs from rainbow3, I’ll pm you too.
Most immediately though, I’ll just nip off to pm Lottiotta to ask for their postal address.
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15 April 2010 added a review after posting:
Exhausting reading, as everyone decides to be economical with the truth, deceits and dark dealing abound, and some intricate plotting leads inextricably toward an epic confrontation of forces. Harris’s writing is as immediate and astute as ever, while the characters are engaging and the story line absorbing but I cannot quite put my finger on why this didn’t delight me, though I was able to follow the engaging central story line. Probably it was the epic Norse legend stuff entrenched in the background, that kept tripping me up and disengaging my brain.
You know that epic sort of thing… So one mistaken incident (either mentioned in one, throw away, line or in vast detail over ten pages) spurs on a individual because of another characters heinous treachery which causes this other character to die tragically prompting yet another brother of so-and-so to pledge their life to a different dreadful character who had tricked them in the first place into believing that they were to blame for some dread thing, so they spend a life time searching for this other individual in order to pledge their first born to righting the wrong on their behalf... arrgh… sort of thing…
However… I'm still a fan of Joanne Harris as I do enjoy her characterisations, and if anyone was going to encourage me to embark upon Norse legends she seemed like the probable author!

Journal Entry 24 by Lottiotta from Aberdovey, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, April 10, 2010
Yay! :) Thank you for posting this my way, I just got it this morning. :) I am already reading The Godfather, and if you're super-nosy about which page I'm on with either that or Runemarks (next on the list), click here for my GoodReads page. :)

Thanks again!

15th April 2010
Just about to start reading this, so thought I'd pop by and let you know, while I was in the area. ;)

27th April 2010
Just reaching the end of this one, so I've just PMed silvia-pco for an address.

28th April 2010
Finished this last night, and I have an address for silvia-pco, so I'll make release notes when I've posted it. :)

I really loved how the whole entire world changed for Maddy. I loved the ending, it felt very... suitable. I loved Loki, but I was hoping he would be more obviously tricksy! I would absolutely recommend this book, and I probably will, especially to people familiar with the Norse mythology. :)

Journal Entry 25 by Lottiotta at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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I posted this by airmail to silvia-pco in Portugal today, from the post office on Uplands Crescent. It should be there within a week. :) Thanks so much for letting me participate, I loved this book! :D

Journal Entry 26 by silvia-pco from Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Sunday, May 16, 2010
Here it is :) Thanks for sharing, hakkalina. I'm reading another book right now put will pick this up in a few days :)

Journal Entry 27 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Friday, June 11, 2010
Awesome, awesome book! So different from all the others by Joanne Harris. I don't look at it as a children's book, I think it can be enjoyed by readers from the age 8 to 80 - and that's another great thing about it, how it can suit so many people's reading tastes. It has been a while since I've read a book of this nature, and I found it to be very different from the fantasy books you usually come across. It has a touch of humor and mistery... and that style, Joanne Harris' style, that is unique and wonderful.

I wasn't familiar with the Norse mythology at all, but nonetheless I kept up with the storyline easily enough. I had to flip back to the first pages and take a look at the character's listing to check on who was who at some points, but you can follow the plot even if you never heard of the characters before.

I already have BokOrm09's. These days will be a bit crazy for me, as my final high school exams will start next Wednesday, but I'll try to pop this on the mail during next week. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 28 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Friday, June 25, 2010
The book was sent off today. Sorry for the delay, hope it'll have a smooth journey :)

Journal Entry 29 by BokOrm09 at Orpington, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, July 12, 2010
The book has arrived safely and I've already started reading it. Am already one-third the way in!!! Thanks to Hakkalina for organising and to Silvia-pco for passing the book on so quickly.

Journal Entry 30 by BokOrm09 at Orpington, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. At times it did have a Tolkein/C.S. Lewis feel about it, with lots of Viking mythology nicely blended in. A real contrast to other Joanne Harris books I've read. Thanks to hakkalina for organising this ring. Its now on its way to the next reader.

Journal Entry 31 by cally-c at Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 26, 2010
Arrived a couple of days ago - will read next. Thanks for sending!

Journal Entry 32 by cally-c at Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, August 05, 2010
I really enjoyed reading this one, though I found it quite different from Joanne Harris's usual! Loved the characters & the way the story stems from Norse myth.
Thank you for sharing Hakkalina.

I've PM'd raeliz64 & as soon as I have an address it will be in the post.

Journal Entry 33 by cally-c at Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 09, 2010

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Off to raeliz64......

Journal Entry 34 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Received today. Thanks very much.

Journal Entry 35 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, October 11, 2010
Apologies for the delay - still waiting on an address.

Journal Entry 36 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Kanaye44 asked to be skipped so I've PM'd the next on the list.

Journal Entry 37 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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On it's way to lauraloo29.

Journal Entry 38 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, October 30, 2010
Arrived today. I have a few rings here. I've been sick, but I'm reading as fast as I can. :) I will keep them all moving. Thank you!

Journal Entry 39 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Sadly, I can't get into this book. Frustrating. I already have the next address and will send it on its way this week. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 40 by Inver at Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, January 28, 2011
Panic over hakkalina.....not lost in the post. The book arrived safe and sound this morning. I don't have any bookrings on the go so will get to it right away. Seems to be mixed reviews about this book, so I'll see how I get on with it.

Journal Entry 41 by Inver at Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, March 06, 2011
I am afraid I had to give up on this one. I did try hard, but it just isn't my normal genre, despite Joanne Harris being an author I have read previously and enjoyed, just too different a read for me. Not to worry I managed over half way and I thank you for offering it as a bookring hakkalina.

I have the address for kalise and will post on this week.

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On its way from Scotland --> Austria.....happy travels.

Journal Entry 43 by kalise at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Friday, March 11, 2011
Received here in Austria! Thank you so much for sending, Inver! Also Thank You to Hakkalina for letting me join this ring! :-)

Journal Entry 44 by kalise at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Thursday, March 31, 2011
Delightful book! I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Though I must say that I had a difficult time at the beginning, as I felt disoriented and it took me a while to get my bearings. The author really throws you into the deep end of the pool from the very first. I wasn't sure at all whether I was going to care about snotty goblins in the cellar, strange rune marks with magical powers and a precocious girl who was trying to catch those odd creatures for whatever odd reason. Then it made "click," and as soon as I suspected that a certain character could be a Norse God in disguise, the story took off for me. I got really, really hooked! Went back immediately and reread the first two chapters again. And loved it! It's an intense, chaotic sort of story, a jumble between mythology, a sort of coming-of-age story, a girl looking for her roots, adventure, fantasy rolled all in one. Very different from what I've read so far (I don't usually read fantasy) but nonethless found that it worked for me. Learned a lot about Norse mythology in the process, too!

Thank you, Hakkalina, for a wonderful read!

Pmed WalshHelen in the UK for the address, will send as soon as she replies.

Journal Entry 45 by kalise at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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I mailed the book to WalshHelen in the UK today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 46 by WelshHelen at Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Arrived some time during the week but only noticed in my parcel box today, thanks kalise. I finished a book last night so this was perfect timing!

Journal Entry 47 by WelshHelen at Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Well, I'm afraid that I couldn't get into this book at all! I don't know whether I just wasn't in the mood to read fantasy or what but I got to approx 100 pages and just didn't want to waste my time on it as I wasn't enjoying it :-(

Thanks for sharing, though, hakkalina. I've pmd footymadgill for her address and will get the book in the post as soon as I've received it.

Journal Entry 48 by WelshHelen at Ponthenri, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Posted to footymadgill today, second class.

Journal Entry 49 by footymadgill at Croydon, Surrey United Kingdom on Thursday, May 12, 2011
Picked up from the post office today. 3/4 of the way through another book so will get to next. Thanks for sharing x

Journal Entry 50 by footymadgill at Croydon, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, great storyline. Thank you hakkalina for sharing. Many a late night (early morning) was had reading it!

I have emailed jax987654321 for addy and will then pass on.

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Posted on to Jax987654321

Journal Entry 52 by wingjax987654321wing at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, May 20, 2011
Received as a book ring. Had forgotten I'd signed up for it, so was a bit puzzled by the title until I recieved it. I usually enjoy Joanne Harris and could do with reading this sort of book at the moment as have read some heavy going books recently. I have a few books in front of this one, but will read it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 53 by wingjax987654321wing at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, June 12, 2011
I wasn't expecting this to be this genre as I have always read Joanne Harris's other books, which are very different, but I really enjoyed this. It is well written and I applaud the author for managing to move away from her usual style to something very different. I would happily read another of this type of book. Thanks for sharing it.

Journal Entry 54 by wingjax987654321wing at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, June 26, 2011

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on its way to Finland. Hope she enjoys it as much as I did.

Journal Entry 55 by wingAppelsiiniwing at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, June 30, 2011
I'm just finishing my last ring book, so this one had a perfect timing! :) Thanks for sending it, I'll start reading asap.

Journal Entry 56 by wingAppelsiiniwing at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, July 28, 2011
I'm glad I had a chance to read this book from Joanne Harris, for some reason it's not translated to Finnish although I think it should! A great story! Thanks for organizing this bookring, hakkalina! :)

Journal Entry 57 by wingAppelsiiniwing at Valkeakoski, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, July 28, 2011

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On its way to the next reader! I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did :)

Journal Entry 58 by Alannia at Petaling Jaya, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Have just received it. Will start reading. Should finish in 2 weeks time.

Journal Entry 59 by Alannia at Petaling Jaya, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Wednesday, October 05, 2011
As a number of people said, this book is a departure from her usual genre. Nevertheless, it was well-written. However, she did take some literary liberties in that of the relationship between Loki and Odin.

I thought the last quarter of the book was a bit too hurried. Overall, the book is very enjoyable.

Thanks, Hakkalina, for organising this ring.

Will post this out as soon as I have the address.

Journal Entry 60 by dvg at Flanders, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Arrived safely in NJ today. Perfect timing as I just finished my library book and was glancing at my Mt TBR trying to decide what was next when the mail came. =) I am all smiles. =) Thank you for sharing this with me and I am starting this right after I PM the next in line for addy.

Journal Entry 61 by dvg at Sent to the Next BCer, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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This was a really good read! My advice is not to read it quickly, lots of details. While its not my particular favorite read by this author, it still was an excellent story and great writing. Traveling to the next on the list and I know it will be enjoyed.

Customs form #: LC176633439US | Dated: 29Nov11

Journal Entry 62 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I finished it! Thank you so much for the extra time you gave me, Hakkalina! I really enjoyed this book.

Maddy is a great character and I really liked the depiction of Loki as well. I always thought he's one of the most interesting characters from those old stories, there are so many layers to his personality.

I will post the book to the next person in the ring sometime next week (working mad hours this week and will not make it to the post office...).

Journal Entry 63 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Saturday, February 18, 2012

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On its way to SerendipityN.

Journal Entry 64 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, February 27, 2012
Collected it from the post office today. Thank you.

Journal Entry 65 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, March 31, 2012
Some time ago I bought a collection of short stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. One I liked in particular was "Wildfire in Manhatten" which features Loki. So when I found out there was a novel I wanted to read it. As I didn't know much about its plot I was at first surprised it didn't have a contemporary setting like the story. I enjoyed it very much tough - characters, style and story. Thank you very much for the ring!

The book's extensive travelling has taken its toll! The spine has been damaged so much that by now pages start to come loose. Therefore, I bought a new copy which will travel on under the same BCID - I hope that's okay. When I ordered it I also found out that there's a second novel called Runelight, which, of course, I had to buy as well.

Journal Entry 66 by SerendipityN at Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Off to nordie.

Journal Entry 67 by nordie at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
ooh, excellent! arrived just in time for easter.

Have 1 LibrarythingThing Early Reviewer book to finish, and this will be next in line.

Thanks all for sharing and I hope to enjoy

Journal Entry 68 by nordie at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, April 14, 2012
This is a story of Loki and Odin, old gods and magic, folk and the nameless.

Maddy, 14 years old and always considered by her small community as being *different*, becomes friends with One-Eye. He teaches her small pieces of magic, but one day she gets pulled into a much wider world, where the old gods prove to be real and she finds out why she feels the way she does.

Forget that this is a Joanne Harris book - if you're expecting another Chocolat, you will be sorely disappointed. Read it for what it is though - a fantasy book by a decent author - and it can help.

I enjoyed reading it. There is the odd bit of humour, the gods are very human like on occasion - pettiness and base human emotions included. In two minds about the Folk, and think they were a little two dimensional, but then again, they were mainly secondary characters.

Now reserved for Tsjara, awaiting a postal address - hopefully will get it out next week

Journal Entry 69 by nordie at A non-bookcrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Off in the post this morning to Tsjara - hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 70 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, April 27, 2012
It's here! Thanks a lot for sending Nordie! Sounds very interesting, looking forward to read this well travelled book (though it still looks pretty good/newish).
Thanks for hosting the bookray Hakkalina! :)

Edit: Oops, I see now that SerendipityN was so kind as to buy a new copy of the book (I wondered how the book could have stayed in such good shape after travelling so long :p), thanks SerendipityN! ^_^

Journal Entry 71 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I finished reading this yesterday morning and really enjoyed it. This is actually my first book by Joanne Harris (though I have another one lying somewhere on mt.tbr), and signed up for this ray because the subject attracted me. I've always found Norse mythology interesting and also like fantasy.. and this book has both.
It is well written, though at first it took me a while to get into the world(s) of Maddy and how everything was set up (nice, those maps and lists of characters and runes). But once into the story it was hard to put down. The characters were great, I really liked Maddy, Loki and Odin. And Sugar-and-sack and Lizzy (the pig) were very cute.
Will have to keep an eye out for the sequel. ^_^

Journal Entry 72 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (5/30/2012 UTC) at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Off to rodespringbal in Belgium.

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 73 by wingrodespringbalwing at Moerbeke-Waas, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Friday, June 15, 2012
in the mailbox today:

still have to wait a little bit longer to read it, first 2 ringbooks before this one and lots of exams to correct :s

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15/7: will ask penelopewanders for her address because I have not made much progress (pag 50) Will send asap.

19/7: remembered from another ring that she is on holiday till midden august. Will hold this book for her and will send in august.

Journal Entry 74 by wingrodespringbalwing at Moerbeke-Waas, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/26/2012 UTC) at Moerbeke-Waas, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium

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We go next week on holiday so I will send this book now to penelopewanders!
Save trip!!!

Journal Entry 75 by penelopewanders at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Sunday, August 19, 2012
This has arrived safely in the Alps - it was waiting for me when I returned from the first stretch of my holidays. The book was opened flat and didn't seem too happy about that, but hopefully it will be able to find its way back in shape.
It looks like there is no one after me on this ray for the time being, so as several rings and rays arrived together, I won't tackle this one first. If there are more sign ups in the meantime, perhaps you could send me a heads-up so I don't lose it in my TBR pile? Otherwise let me know what you'd like me to do with it, ok?
Thanks so much for making available and sending! (and thanks for the card and the tea, lovely treat!)

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