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Votan by John James

Takes an emergency business trip and packs with his belongings certain items that lead the townspeople he encounters to think him a Norse God which he doesn't try to dissuade them from Written in the sam A fantastic book Our hero Photinus is a sort of Greek Arthur Daley of the ancient world Forced to leave Vienna in a hurry he travels through Germania building up a business empire and creating most of Norse mythology in his wake There s also a trip to Scotland thrown in for good measure which provides a nice philological twist at the end James knows his history and this is cleverly worked in throughout the novel which also in my opinion captures the mindset of Greek and German well It has been billed in some circles as a comic novel but it isn t It s certainly light hearted but it isn t written for laughs Well worth it for anyone interested in the western frontiers of the Roman Empire

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A comedy set in the second century AD Votan is the story of a Greek nobleman who is travelling and living abroad in Germany while carrying on an affair with a military man's wife To save his own life he I feel cheated I read the book because Neil Gaiman mentions it in American Gods and it is interesting with that perspective in mind But I expected something entirely different after reading the blurb Who wrote it Did heshe ever READ the book I uote A comedy no it s not There are some humourous elements some mockery some jokes but not enough to call this a comedy he packs with his belongings certain items that lead the townspeople he encounters to think him a Norse God eh no That just isn t in the storyWritten in the same tone as Douglas Adams definitely no the story unfolds in a humorous and adventurous manner as the lead character has to keep up the pretense of being a god while staying one step ahead of his lover s jealous husband again no the jealous husband is never again mentioned once he he leaves town this also implies that he is actually worshipped and takes part in these rites which is again not found in this storyThe premise that the whole of Norse mythology goes back to a Greek Roman who tries to flee from a domestic entanglement into domestic entanglements while following Apollon and actually seeing and speaking with him and bringing war and destruction to the North is a uniue one Yet the further the book gets along the it is just one atrocity piled on the last one I didn t want to read about another killing another massacre another torture and I couldn t distinguish between Black Danes and Saxons and Vandals and Burgundians etc in the end nor did I want to bother

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E tone as Douglas Adams the story unfolds in a humorous and adventurous manner as the lead character has to keep up the pretense of being a god while staying one step ahead of his lover's jealous husband I couldn t even tell if I liked this book while I was reading it but I sure couldn t stop One of the most engaging novels I ve read


About the Author: John James

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name David John James was a Welsh author of Historical NovelsHe attended St David's University College and also read psychology at Cambridge In addition to writing he has also worked as a teacher and later for the Scientific Civil Service working on aviation problemsHe is known for writing four historical novels



9 thoughts on “Votan by John James

  1. says:

    I found Votan a really interesting read; I'm not entirely sure I liked it but it was mesmerising anyway There's something compulsive about it I just needed to know what the heck Photinus did next what trouble he got into and how he got out of it and how that all works into the conceit that he's at the back of a whole lot of Norse mythology Sometimes I felt I wasn't entirely sure what was going on that I'd miss

  2. says:

    I feel cheated I read the book because Neil Gaiman mentions it in American Gods and it is interesting with that perspective in mind But I expected something entirely different after reading the blurb Who wrote it Did heshe ever READ the book I uote A comedy no it's not There are some humourous elements some mockery some jokes but not enough to call this a comedy he packs with his belongings certain items tha

  3. says:

    One of the members of my book club chose this book for us to read because Neil Gaiman listed it as an inspiration for Americ

  4. says:

    Oh this book So bad It feels like it is a million pages long even though it really isn't Perhaps my biggest problem was that there is absolutely zero descriptive language This happened Then this happened Then this happened And then this happened It is hard to care about a story or characters when there is nothing to help you understand them at all

  5. says:

    A fantastic book Our hero Photinus is a sort of Greek Arthur Daley of the ancient world Forced to leave Vienna in a hurry he travels through G

  6. says:

    Ah a fine gemstone In the long days before the fall of the Roman Empire Votan describes a visceral world of dark forests regional powers and the creation of GodsAny Gaiman fans should take note of this book

  7. says:

    ugh

  8. says:

    I read the book because Neil Gaiman mentions it in American Gods I couldn't get into the book I kept reading the book feeling like I'm missing something important in what they're saying Maybe the time period is so well researched and so long ago that it's almost like trying to figure out a foreign language I assume lots of research was done but I wouldn't probably notice if it was all made up or not I respect the effort though it may be wha

  9. says:

    I couldn't even tell if I liked this book while I was reading it but I sure couldn't stop One of the most engaging novels I'

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