By B.C. James
Often when reviewing
a book we’ve absolutely loved, our most daunting challenge is getting that
euphoria to you, dear readers. “Mjolnir”
is one of those books. From cover to cover it is a comedy-fantasy-action
adventure and if all those elements blended together do not spell pulp, then we
don’t know what does?
The plot is most
imaginative. Odin, in dire fear of his own demise when the predicted Ragnarok
occurs, banishes all the North Gods out of Asgard to Earth. Here, Thor, Loki,
Freya and all the others finds themselves having to take on actual jobs to
sustain themselves. Thor becomes a professional football player, Loki a savvy
business man and Freya an expensive high class hooker. Quite the come down for
the Goddess of Love. Of course Odin’s scheme has its flaws in that Loki still
desires to knock off the Allfather and assume his authority and power. To do
this he conspires with the other dimensional god, Surt.
Surt’s fee for this
assistant is the sacrifice of a female Asgardian goddess. Loki agrees and sets
his sights on Freya who has repeatedly spurned in the past. The final key
element and the book’s title, is Thor’s powerful hammer, Mjolnir. He’s given it
up and Odin believes by possessing it, he can thwart Ragnarok. Thus the book
begins and within only a few chapters, a colorful cast of characters battling
all over the U.S.
in cataclysmic encounters the likes only seen in early Marvel comics.
B.C. James is a marvelous craftsman and his satirical wit is evident in every scene and line of dialog. So much that one has to wonder from magic elixir is he drinking. “Mjolnir” is a winner you really don’t want to miss. Don’t saw we didn’t tell you.