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Hammered by Kevin Hearne
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Jul 29, 11

Read in July, 2011

Hammered is the third book in The Iron Druid chronicles. You can find the review for book one here and book two here. Paul, Tami and I have officially declared ourselves fan poodles of The Hearne (as my children have come to call him) with good reason. The Iron Druid Chronicles are the kind of books that you stay up late to finish, and mourn sadly when you reach the last page. I waited anxiously to get my hands on Hammered, and even stalked Kevin on twitter begging for some sort of spoiler. Yes, I am one of those fans.

Hammered once again centers on Hearne's protagonist Atticus, a 2000+ year old druid and his interactions with various creatures from mythology, Jesus, vampires and werewolves. In Hexed Atticus met with the Virgin Mary and asked her to tell Jesus that they should get together for a beer and in Hounded that is exactly what they do. Jesus appears wearing a tie dyed T-shirt in predominately reds, yellows, and greens, with a white peace sign screen-printed on the front of it. He also wore a pair of relaxed fit blue jeans and classically black Chuck Taylors. Hearne even went as far as to suggest that "Jesus looked like the guy from the Old Spice bodywash commercials". I dare you to tell me one single place that you can find Jesus described in this way? What ensues is an irreverent exchange, with Jesus providing fish and chips to a crowded bar, explaining that "miracles are so much more fun when people are expecting them of you," while pounding back 60 year old whiskey. I laughed until my tears poured from my eyes.

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Carly I follow your reviews and really enjoy them, and I think you were spot-on in all that you said. I was surprised to see nothing about the subplot involving Freyja. I was curious...my interpretation of the scene was (view spoiler). I love your reviews because they tend to remark on such issues, but I didn't see a mention of this one... is there a different interpretation of the scene? Anyway, great review, as always.


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