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Bruce MacBain

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From boyhood, Bruce Macbain spent his days in reading history and historical fiction. The Greeks and Romans have held a special fascination for him and this led to earning a master’s degree in Classical Studies and a doctorate in Ancient History. Along the way, he also taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Borneo. Later, he taught courses in Greek and Roman civilization at Vanderbilt University and Boston University, and published a few dense scholarly monographs, read by very few. Recently, he has turned to writing fiction, a much more congenial pursuit. He has previously published two historical mysteries set in ancient Rome, Roman Games and its sequel, The Bull Slayer. Now, he has turned his attention to his other favorite folk, t ...more

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Bruce MacBain The main sources are the Icelandic sagas, both the family sagas like "Njal's Saga" and the historical ones like "King Olaf's Saga". These are availabl…moreThe main sources are the Icelandic sagas, both the family sagas like "Njal's Saga" and the historical ones like "King Olaf's Saga". These are available in many English translations both in print and online, where you can read them for free. Of the many secondary works I consulted, I recommend most highly "Viking Age Iceland" by Jesse Byock.
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Bruce MacBain You set your own hours. You answer to no one but yourself. You work darned hard but, at the end, you've created something you can be proud of; there's…moreYou set your own hours. You answer to no one but yourself. You work darned hard but, at the end, you've created something you can be proud of; there's no better feeling.(less)
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In Odin’s Child (Chapter 13) young Odd Tangle-Hair and his friend Kalf Slender-Leg leave Iceland to go a-viking with a rag-tag crew in a stolen ship. Odd has lain hidden for many weeks in the house of Kalf’s grandfather, Hoskuld Long-Jaws. The half-blind old man is loath to let his grandson go on this mad adventure with Odd but Kalf insists: it is time for him to become a man. Finally, as he a Read more of this blog post »
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message 2: by Stacy

Stacy Juba Hi Bruce, Thanks for the friend invite. Your novel sounds intriguing! My book is set in the present, but incorporate some ancient Roman and Greek mythology. Best of luck with it.

Stacy

Stacy Juba
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Now Available
Sink or Swim, Coming in December 2010
http://www.stacyjuba.com



message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Bruce,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Goodreads as well as elsewhere! I hope you'll put my books, A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for a free copy of To Hell in a Handbasket, sign up for my email newsletter at: http://bethgroundwater.com/ .
- Beth


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