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The Prodigal Troll by Charles Coleman Finlay
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Jun 07, 10

really liked it
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Read in June, 2010

So, I had to read this book no matter what simply because the title is so utterly fantastic. Turns out it was a good book too, so I lucked out.

The story is essentially a Tarzan variation. A baby is abandoned at a very young age and adopted by a troll mother who has just lost her own baby. The kid is raised by trolls, who in this novel are primitive but not unintelligent, though certainly not as smart as humans. They're brutal, but it's an understandable brutality--a kind of natural state rough-and-tumble.

Eventually the now-grown boy tries to work his way back into human society and look at all the terrible things that can happen. Maybe it's not the trolls who are brutal after all. I liked it a lot, but I will warn fans of traditional fantasy that this isn't it: both plot and climax might be disappointing if you're expecting traditional victory. If there was a genre for literary fiction in a fantasy setting, this book would fit on that shelf. If that sounds intriguing to you, enjoy!

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