Are you worthy to wield this god-like story?
The appeal of the Norse gods in a modern day setting awaiting Ragnarok really gets me going. I’ve always imagined the antiquated gods of yesteryear calming sitting down for a cappuccino waiting for their time to come around again. Brian James delivers on that aspect with his novel Mjolnir. This isn’t the Marvel Universe Norse gods, however. These are the old school versions with a modern day twist. Check it out!
by Brian James
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The Viking gods have been banished from Asgard by Odin. Today they make the best of life on Earth. Thor is a professional athlete, Freya a prostitute, and Loki sells cheap products on QVC. Lurking in the background of their lives is a prophecy; one that declares that their time is at an end. Ragnarok is about to throw the gods into a state of civil war and the one who controls the hammer of Thor may be able to change the arc of destiny.
About the Author
Brian James is a professional writer whose work has appeared in a number of mainstream publications. In the past, he has written articles for the Detroit Free Press, The World Poker Tour magazine, Classic Rock Magazine, Audi’s various publications, and a score of websites. While working with the World Poker Tour, and a subsidiary website, Brian was also responsible for celebrity and player interviews.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I build models, play board games, and find plot holes in popular movies. I also have a decade’s long search for the most epically horrible Hawaiian shirts that could be burped up from the seventh circle of hell.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Mjolnir?
The characters in Mjolnir are all gods from Norse myths. Just about anyone who has ever picked up a comic book will recognize them. Unlike their comic book doppelgangers, the versions in Mjolnir stay true to their mythological roots. For example, I have written Freya as a stripper and a high-class escort. I didn’t do this because she the Norse pantheon’s the goddess of love. I did this because in the myths she attained her most prized possession, the Necklace of the Brisings, by trading sex for jewelry with three dwarves. This trait would translate to the modern world as well. All the characters are still their mythological selves, applying those personality traits to contemporary times.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Great White Buffalo (Really White)
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
A wise man once said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think his name was Larry. Anyway, I approach research and writing with the same enthusiasm that kids run to a bouncy or singles download Tinder. I enjoy the whole thing. If I had to choose a single aspect that was my favorite it would be creating little, unexpected twists that change the direction of the story.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Let’s start with Thor. He is a worship junkie. Being adored is his crack. He’s also now an atheist thanks to the death of his wife, Sif. He reasoned that if a goddess can die, is she really a god? He still demands worship though, so he now plays professional football.
Odin lives his life looking down the barrel of a gun called the Ragnarok prophecy. According to this foretelling, he will die in the final war of Ragnarok. His entire existence revolves around avoiding this fate.
Freya is just trying to get by in life as comfortably as possible without having to associate with other gods at all.
Loki, like Odin, has an eye towards Ragnarok. He engages in moves and countermoves in an attempt to be one up on his former blood brother, Odin. Survival is not his motivation though. He is looking for a complete victory over Odin and the other gods.
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