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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
At what point did humanity learn to fear each other? To hate? Paleo-Anthropologist Arial Connor thinks she knows. She just can't prove it yet, but her newest find, high in a Norwegian Valley may give her the proof she needs. Those scary stories we've told our children to keep them from roaming too far outside the gleam of the porch light may have come from real incidents, ...more
ebook, Smashwords, 158 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Smashwords for Saille Tales
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Adriaan Brae
A thoughtful examination of what it means to be human, wrapped in an engaging exploration of two cultures that builds in suspense to a satisfying, if bittersweet, conclusion.

I found it very satisfying that this book depicts early humans as not so dissimilar from our ourselves. They may live in a very different environment, but they have the same needs and cares (for good and ill) as we do. Too many stories show them as too brutish, or too innocent. This story finds a good balance between the two
Chris The Story Reading Ape
A thought provoking, sensitively told and believable story of a series of events that could have happened in the distant, prehistoric past, when two species of Homo Sapiens discovered each other in the far north of Scandinavia.

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Wendy Bertsch
This is as good a piece of prehistoric fiction as I've read. The characters are engaging and the story is gripping and plausible.

The author's research is sound, and he's left us leeway to believe that the 'trolls' may have survived long enough to be a vestigial memory in fairy tales. I like that.

The less entertaining take-away, of course, is the serious probability that some of our more unreasoning prejudices have very deep roots.
Victoria Zigler
This is a well written and fantastic story, with excellent worldbuilding and well rounded characters. It's a perfect example of the pain and suffering that can come from the fear based predjudices people are so often known for.
Prehistoric fiction is a rarity, so it was with great interest that I read Troll. Like all books in this genre, the author provides great descriptions to give good understanding of the tools, scenery, and way of life of the period. The story takes place in Scandanavia and is about two factions of people. One group is highly developed and clearly resembles human beings. The other group is somewhat Neanderthal, part way between human and ape. These are the trolls. The two groups fear each other. Y ...more
Troll by Richard Sutton
3 out of 5 stars

This story is an explanation for the end of Neanderthal man and the beginning of racism. It stops just short of being insulting, particularly to our dark-skinned brethren who live in a land where the river never freezes.

That being said, Sutton is a master storyteller. The narrative was seamlessly edited and it hummed like a... No, scratch that: It purred. Whatever you do, don't pass this writer by. He be awesome, if slightly uncouth.

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C. Coleman
Great read! Makes one think about how early humanoid species might have interacted. Troll puts a fresh and sympathetic face on those other species that didn't survive as such.
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From San Rafael, California on a windy January in 1952, it's been a wild ride. My folks never settled down until long after I'd moved to a cabin I built on a commune in Oregon, but I couldn't sit still -- the wanderlust was in my blood. I hitchhiked to New York City in 1973. There I met my wife on Canal Street and finally found a home.

I learned my craft post-college, spending 20-plus years in the
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