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Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  301 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
He is called the Trickster, the Sly One. For eons, he has manipulated and played the gods against each other. Now the time has come to go beyond petty schemes and seize the most powerful throne in existence.

Based on the classic tales, Mike Vasich breathes new life into the most complex god in the Norse mythos.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Createspace (first published June 3rd 2012)
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Mike Vasich
Mar 05, 2013 Mike Vasich added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am foregoing the temptation to give my own book five stars even though I think it is five star material. Is this maturity and restraint? I hope not.

Sep 12, 2016 Orient rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Loki (Tom Hiddleston) fans
Almost everybody in my friends’ circle know that I have a hook for rough-tough, badass heroes/heroines. I can say for sure that I found a badass, naughty, evil, awful, disgusting, terrible, sly and really bad character-god in this short book. Did I like him? Yes! Did I enjoy reading about his adventures? Erm…the biggest part (the scheming, pranks and tricks were interesting and some even funny, but there were ones which I can describe as disgusting and pew). I did enjoy the never-ending fight ...more
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Wickedly Bookish Reviews

I had lots of fun reading this book so I intend to have a good time with the review as well. I got my copy as a kindle freebie thanks to my Wigs telling me about the deal. Thanks Wigs!!!

This review is brought to you by the Godking himself! He is ever so excited to be involved in a review of a book that is about his absolute favorite subject... himself.

Let me start off by saying Mike Vasich has truly captured the unique flavor of Norse m
Jun 22, 2012 Wigs rated it really liked it
Ahhh Loki, how I adore thee.

Here Vasich presents a collection of little short stories, both of classic mythology and original, about Loki and his doings. As the author put in his blog, the stories are "saucy," and I found myself saying out loud to my computer by story 3 "This is indeed saucy!"

I must admit I have never read any Norse mythology before, so by about story four I was going "WHAT THE SHIT?" I was, however, assured by my friend Jess that in fact these things do happen in the real stori
Sep 05, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: I love Loki and anything Loki related that being said there was absolutely no way that I wasn't NOT going to enjoy and like this book. That is all now on to the review:

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a collection of short stories about Loki and overall a quick read. Having only read some Norse mythology I recognized most of the stories in the story but liked the slight twists Vasich threw in and the witty repartee between the characters. While I love the character of Loki
Jul 31, 2015 TL rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Original read 8/5 to 8-7-12
Re-read 2015 :)

A wonderful collection of short stories about our favorite Trickster God:) Loki is certainly one of the most fascinating characters in mythology, delighting in causing mischief/mayhem.

Before I read this book the first time (and before seeing the Thor movie).. I hadn't known much about Norse mythology at all. Just never thought about it really... After seeing the movie, I looked it up and was quite fascinated by it all. While I love Tom Hiddleston as
Jillian -always aspiring-
Jun 29, 2012 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Norse mythology fans
(Actual Rating: 3.5 stars)

In some respects, Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster fell a little short for me me due to my expectations. After having finished Mike Vasich's full-length novel Loki, I was eager to see what his short story collection about the trickster would entail. As I said in my review of Loki, I really adored Vasich's sympathetic take on Loki and wondered if the short stories of this collection would tie into the backstory of the character we had met in the novel.

Alas, the
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Jun 10, 2012 Kat (Lost in Neverland) marked it as to-read
Another Loki book by Mr. Vasich!

Naughty. Now why does that make me think at least a few of these stories will be of his love life? ;)

Jun 23, 2012 Jillyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
First, I have to say, thanks for the free story!

This book is a collection of nine (I know it's in the title, hush) stories based on my personal favorite boat-rocker, Loki. I thought there was a nice balance of original myth & the author's own twists & additions.

I, originally, was thinking that this book was going to be four stars... Until I read the last two stories. In them, Mr. Vasich's creativity shines, & effectively leaves an imprint on your ideas about the misunderstood tricks
3 January 2015: $0.00 FREE on Kindle
Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster was a nice, decent read on a lazy day. Overall I found the tales interesting and entertaining enough. I liked Mr. Mike Vasich's narration, though I found some of the dialogues a tad bit tacky (like Sif's leek and onion analogy) and sometimes out of context (Loki's implied usage of "fuck"). The lack of character depth was expected, since this was really nothing more than a light read, but I think I would have appreciated the book more if I was presented a ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Another thrilling piece of writing from Mike Vasich, taken from the old legends of all the trouble Loki causes. Really brings this fascinating character who is full of facets to life for the reader. Especially in the Loki-horse escapade. Only flaw was the final piece dealing which put a spin on the rising of christianity which may disturb and even anger a few people who read it. Although I must admitt (even though it did not quite match the ending of the novel Loki) it is something his character ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
As anyone close to me knows I have a thing for tricksters or those who are considered the ‘bad guys’ in mythology, there is just something complex and alluring about a god/powerful being that spends their time playing pranks or hiding in the shadows. The bad thing about most of the mythology out there is that it doesn’t delve into the true personalities of these people and so you are left wondering why. Mike Vasich brings the Norse mythos to life with these nine enjoyable stories.

I think for any
Jul 26, 2012 Catherine rated it liked it
I read this because of how much I enjoyed Mike Vasich's other book "Loki" and I must say that they are quite different in tone. The thing I liked about "Loki" was that it made him, maybe not exactly sympathetic, but you could certainly understand where his issues with the Aesir were born from and why he would behave in certain ways. In these short stories, it seems to be more a view of how he is generally portrayed, purely as a Trickster. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, I enjoyed the ...more
Jun 14, 2012 H.R. rated it it was amazing
Mike Vasich knocks it out of the ballpark again! I was a huge fan of his book 'Loki' and snatched this up the second I saw it was available. SO GOOD! This is honestly the first book I read cover to cover, in one sitting, out loud to my husband. He's definitely a new fan and I continue to eagerly look forward to anything this author puts out. He put a fantastic spin on Norse myths dealing with that most controversial of Asgardian figures and did so in a way that breathes new life into the ...more
Audrey Hacker
Jun 15, 2012 Audrey Hacker rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, myth
This was a good addition to the Loki Mythos, already foretold in the book 'Loki' by the same author. These short stories were good, i only wished there were more! However, the last story didn't really fit in with the others, although it was still good and interesting. It just didn't make a lot of sense with the other ones, it seemed like it would do better standing alone than with the others. Overall, a good book, 'Loki' is still my favorite of the two!
Erika Goodfellow
Jan 05, 2013 Erika Goodfellow rated it it was amazing
Naughty isn't even the word for it. I can't count the amount of times I had to put it down through blushes.

Excellent and so fun.

The last story was by far the best. Best version of that story I've ever read and how funny if that were true! Loki always did want to be worshiped and in such a way was delightfully funny and completely evil.

As a former Christian I don't think I will ever forget that, it always puts a devilish smile on my face.
Dec 28, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
It seems that this book will be good. It seems like the author is drawing on Norse myth. Yet the font is so tiny, so tiny it hurts my eyes. Yes, I know I could most likely change my kindle settings, but why should I? It is already set on what is good for me. Why do I need to change it for this book?
Jun 07, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
4.5 stars really. It is sacrilegiously awesome, and explains so much about western history.
Samantha MacLeod
Jun 27, 2016 Samantha MacLeod rated it really liked it
I'd better start with a disclaimer: I'm a huge Loki fan. So, this review is going to be skewed by my tendency to be reduced to an absolute screaming fangirl whenever Loki comes up.

Having said that, I had a blast with this little book.

The author, Mike Vasich, did a great job capturing Loki's personality. And, as someone who knows the original Norse myths pretty well (as in, I literally have a Master's degree in religion and I teach a class about Norse myth), I had a lot of fun seeing what he did
Simona F.
May 01, 2016 Simona F. rated it it was ok
I am really into mythology.
I am also inclined to side with villains rather than heroes. You know, the whole "misunderstood"-thing, the fact that we do not really know what their background story is, the fact that everybody thinks they are callous monsters and horrible by nature (noone is bad just because of the sake of it; villains do not just wake up one sunny morning and decide to be bad, something makes them bad). I want to give them a chance, and by doing so I often find myself in love with
Jan 19, 2014 Deena rated it it was ok
Asgardian Porn starring Loki

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Basically that's what this book should have been called, because that's exactly what it is.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. At around the halfway mark I was pretty sure I wasn't enjoying it very much, but the last few short stories were actually really interesting and caught my attention. The last few stories were less Loki-centric and more about the implications of the Trickster's evil ways, which I really liked. We get to see Loki's interaction with
Jun 19, 2013 Morv rated it liked it
Shelves: history, religious
Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster is essentially tales of the Edda's re-written for the modern folk to read - almost, the author himself has added a little bit more, making Loki's character stand out and become something more.

The book is interesting to read, it did grip me at the very start with loki and Sif and the reason why Loki shaved Sif's hair off - something that (at least from what I have read) was never really given a real reason in the Edda's.
The book is a good read, I rather
Grey Liliy
If you are expecting anything like Vasich's Loki--don't.

This book takes a much lighter tone in both writing and content, ending up in a shorter and easier read. The stories are good, but it's much more hit & miss where I liked some of the tales and was less interested in some of the others.

Overall I enjoyed it. I chuckled quite a bit during the first six or so stories, and enjoyed a few of the non-humerous moments. It was also nice to see Hel and Balder again, if only for a brief moment.

May 27, 2013 Rasjel rated it it was ok
Oh Marvel, give Loki a pretty face and a bag of angst, and here I am rolling around in Norse mythology again.

Though initially I found this booklet to be more enjoyable than Vasich's other "Loki" novel and enjoyed the different tales (though some annoyingly incomplete), I was moderately disappointed to find the book turn into a Christian mouthpiece. (view spoiler)
Feb 05, 2013 Henry rated it really liked it
A nice twist on some familiar stories. I've always loved the old myths, but a few things about Loki always bugged me. He's got the reputation of being this Ultimate Trickster, this guy that's always got a plan, but that's not really how it played out. In some of the stories he's this master of mischief, infuriating but still an ally to the gods.

But then he takes a sharp turn and becomes a killer. The Loki from all those other stories would have been more likely to make Baldur look foolish. Kill
Jan 15, 2014 grammarie rated it liked it
I feel a little let down by this book, I guess. I am greatly fond of stories about Loki. I felt this book was ...rushed? The stories seemed kind of disjointed and contradictory - and though the author explains at the end that contradictions were deliberate to reflect myth, I don't feel it worked for me at all, given there was so much departure from myth, both in events and tone. Right in the first story, Loki is just your regular slightly petulant lover, which would seem to be a treatment of the ...more
Tim Barrable
A delightful, amusing and at times raunchy retelling of nine of the Norse myths starring Loki, the Trickster. It fell a bit short of expectations, especially after Mike's full length masterpiece, Loki, which I loved. However for some light and fascinating short stories that you can pick up and quickly read when and wherever its a good book. The tales are true to the originals but I find the retelling a bit short and lacking in depth. A couple of these tales are told in fascinating depth with ...more
Rina Ann Lautier
Feb 11, 2016 Rina Ann Lautier rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rina Ann by: Goodreads
Ok what to say.
One the cover is nice and a mix between old and new art, so that is something I like. The legends are told well too. Not much bad to say about it. It is thin and very light, so easy to carry around, and once you get started it’s quite a hard book to put down.

The only thing I can say is “I thanks the gods I don’t only pray to Loki, cause this book could literally make me turn Christian”. But I also love how it has answered a question I have asked since I was young, to Priests and
Dec 31, 2013 T.L. rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I've always enjoyed mythology, but had never really gotten in to Norse myths.
After having seen the Thor, The Avengers and Thor 2 films and deciding I liked the character of Loki -hey, he's not bad, he's misunderstood - I decided I wanted to read up on things.

Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster is a collection of stories that are based on the prose Edda of Norse mythology, so I had to set aside my previous knowledge which came from the Marvel Universe.
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Mike Vasich teaches English to gifted and talented students in suburban Michigan. He continues to write novels in his spare time so that he can avoid any real work around the house.

He likes stories where bad guys win and goody-two-shoes get crumpled into the dust. His hobbies include taking naps, sowing disrespect for revered institutions, and making children cry (especially his own).

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