BOOK Storytellers

READER ☆ DOC Storytellers FREE × REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD ê In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold but the nights are long For most on those nights funny sad and dramatic stories are told around the fire But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet He k?? even that wicked elf has plans for the blacksmithAs his defenses begin to crumble Gunnar decides that perhaps his life is due for a change – on his own terms But can he avoid the endings others have in mind for him and forge his own?The author is an ex blacksmith lover of all things Icelandic physically located in Amsterdam mentally living in a log cabin near Akureyri He has published stories and essays in Polish and American magazines both online and in print This is his first nov This book was fascinating Each day I couldn't wait for the chance to read it and see what came next for the characters The end was satisfying but I wish I could have spent time with these people I would love to see a new adventure for the main character I also loved getting to see Iceland the author did a great job of bringing it to life

BOOK ↠ Storytellers ↠ Bjørn Larssen

Ut to find outSigurd – a man with a plan a broken ankle and shocking amounts of money – won’t talk about himself but is happy to tell a story that just might get Gunnar killed The blacksmith's other “friends” are just as eager to write him into stories of their own – from Brynhildur who wants to fix Gunnar then marry him his doctor who is on the precipice of calling for an intervention The Conservative Women of Iceland who want to rehabilitate Gunnar’s “heathen ways” ? Ekkkkk This book is so special to my little bookworm heart Not only does it take place in one of my favorite places in the world Iceland but it is written by a fellow Bloggess lover you do remember my obsession with Jenny Lawson no?Gunnar lives a uietly predictable if lonely although I am sure he would argue that he’s not life in rural Iceland in 1920 When a bedraggled injured stranger shows up on his door step Gunnar unenthusiastically allows him lodgings until his broken foot is healed enough for him to continue on with his journey the wad of cash offered for his discretion didn’t hurt either Sigurd an enigmatic man with a penchant for telling stories passes his time in convalescence with Gunnar by telling him a tale of love adventure jealously betrayal and murder Little does Gunnar know the story he has begrudgingly come to greatly anticipate hearing each day will collide with his once small world turning everything he knew upside down Alright kids this one is FOR SURE a keeper Bjørn has a knack for writing witty enjoyable characters Gunnar is crass and harsh a raging alcoholic but damn if you don’t root for him every step of the way The story within a story if you will that Sigurd tells sucks you in It was always leaving you wanting each time he breaks yanking me back from his story into the current story are you following me here? Bjørn seamlessly brings the two together in a fast paced action packed ending that definitely left me reading way past my bedtime a bookworms famous last words amiright? His characters are uniuely flawed each one which was honestly refreshing They each have vices or personality uirks or just plain old horrible personalities that resonates with truth and was much enjoyable to read than some cookie cutter character that no one can relate to There were surprises and twists that I didn’t see coming and even an appearance from an elf hello it IS set in Iceland Do yourself a favor and go ahead and pre order this one now You can even score some cool merch from his Etsy shop too

Bjørn Larssen ↠ Storytellers EBOOK

Storytellers In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold but the nights are long For most on those nights funny sad and dramatic stories are told around the fire But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet He knows nobody will remember his existence – they already don’t All he wants is peace the company of his animals and a steady supply of his medication Sometimes he wonders what it would feel like to have a story of his own He’s abo Book Reviewed by Tina on wwwwhisperingstoriescomThe novel tells the tale of Gunner a misanthropic blacksmith living in Iceland in 1920 He finds an injured old man Sigurd and brings him into his hut Gunner is an alcoholic and a loner but allows Sigurd to stay with him To distract Gunner from his true goals Sigurd begins to tell him a story The side story is set four decades earlier following young Arnar and his American bride Juana as they settle in IcelandThe two plots that eventually come together The first narrative is an omniscient third person focused mainly on Gunner but also dipping into the thoughts of Sigurd the town doctor and Brynhildur who is interested in Gunnar romantically The “past” sections are told by Sigurd presumably but still in omniscient third person focusing on Arnar Juana Arnar’s brother Bjarni and a few othersUnfortunately there is a major shift in one of the character’s personalities that occurs without any build up While the unreliability of the narration is revealed to be purposeful it leaves you feeling as if you’ve missed some events or personality developmentsLikewise while there aren’t that many supporting characters they are only given minimal description so I found I was often confusing them Especially later in the story when characters reappear I was left feeling as if I had missed something subtle because I was trying to remember who the person wasThat being said it is a very enjoyable read The jumps between the present and the past help keep the story moving Both narratives share themes of isolation and entrapment Gunnar’s alcoholism and depression are artfully crafted in a way that generates sympathy You are forced to watch him spiral again and again but you hope he will make the right choice next timeThere are moments of comedy in the story as well which helps lighten the sombre mood It’s clear there was a great deal of research done on customs blacksmiths and the social climate of both time periodsIt is an enchanting and compelling read about trying to hide from the world while still wishing to be part of it