"You love my waepn," he chided, smiling.

(Sorry, couldn't reproduce the actual text - it's a joined ae or oe with a bar on top.)

From the premise as written on the back cover, I was expecting the truly crackalicious crack:

An expert in Leonardo DaVinci’s works, Lucy Rossano recognizes the centuries-old time machine the moment she sees it in a Stanford lab. Fascinated in spite of the danger, she uses her knowledge to briefly go back in time—landing in the middle of a fierce battle in ninth-century Britain. And when she returns to modern-day San Francisco, she brings something back with her: a seductive, fiercely intelligent Viking named Galen…

(I should note, Galen the Viking is half Saxon and his mother was a pagan priestess (I think from an earlier book in the series), hence his Viking-atypical (I assume) name.)

Given that hilarious premise, the results are sadly meh. Lucy has very little personality. Galen does have personality, but I didn’t like him – he alternated between “Me manly man, you woman-who-ought-to-obey” and implausible bursts of sensitivity.

I hope it’s not too spoilery if I mention that Galen ends up sensing the soul of outer space the universe and becoming an environmental activist – no, really. I doff my hat to the crackiness of that, but… that’s not the Viking fantasy! The Viking fantasy is about manly manly men, not sensitive environmental psychics. Even before that, Galen is laid up with axe injuries on a yacht for most of the book, so there’s very little smiting.

Most of the novel is about his culture shock, and him and Lucy getting to know each other, which is fine as far as it goes, but as I said I didn’t care about her and I didn’t like him. I probably would have enjoyed the novel more had it taken place back in time and been about her culture shock, because at least then there would have been more Vikings. And possibly bad-ass Viking women.

That being said, I give Squires points for not letting Galen boss Lucy around, for Lucy not finding it a turn-on when she worries that he might try to assault her (he doesn’t, though he does get verbally pushy until he realizes that he’s scaring her) and for explicitly highlighting the consensuality of their sexual encounters.

A Twist In Time
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From: [personal profile] nestra

An expert in Leonardo DaVinci’s works, Lucy Rossano recognizes the centuries-old time machine the moment she sees it in a Stanford lab.

Of course she does!
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From: [personal profile] zvi

Just because I am that nerdy in some ways, æ = æ or œ = œ for the vowel.

ext_12512: Saiyuki's Sha Gojyo, angels with dirty faces (chibi angel kappa)

From: [identity profile] smillaraaq.livejournal.com

Is this the same author who does the cracky time-traveling Viking-Navy-SEAL romances?

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

You would not think there would be more than one writer doing time-traveling Vikings, but in fact, there is! No, that's... (researches) Sandra Hill, author of My Fair Viking, The Very Virile Viking, Viking Unchained, Truly Madly Viking, AND MORE
ext_12512: Hinoe from Natsume Yuujinchou, elegant and smirky (Yue la Lune)

From: [identity profile] smillaraaq.livejournal.com

Ah ha, so the time-travelling Viking market is big enough to support subgenres! XD

From: [identity profile] vom-marlowe.livejournal.com

I'm pretty sure I've read at least one other author besides Sandra Hill who did it, but I would not swear to it.
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From: [identity profile] croaky.livejournal.com

His name is Galen? That's just... amusing on so many ways. I used to name MMORPG characters that because it sounds cool in English but means mad or crazy in Swedish.

From: [identity profile] sparkymonster.livejournal.com

I am SO SAD that this was not as awesomely hilarious as the set up indicates.

Also, now I want someone to write hilarious fanfic with that premise.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

The Very Virile Viking (see comment above) might be right up your alley!

PS. I love your icon and know exactly where it's from.

From: [identity profile] thistleingrey.livejournal.com

HTML entities start with a & and end with a ; so ae-ligature is æ.

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