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Votan and Other Novels

(Photinus #Omnibus 1-2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Neil Gaiman introduces three classic novels of modern fantasy

In the second century AD, a Greek nobleman is traveling and living abroad in Germany while carrying on an affair with a military man's wife. When discovered, he takes an emergency business trip to save his life and packs among his belongings certain items that lead the people he encounters to think him a Norse Go
Paperback, 736 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Gollancz (first published June 1st 2014)
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Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ano, ano, ano. Každý z těch tří románů měl něco do sebe... a každý něco jiného.

Votan: originální zpracování mýtu. Občas podivné, ale vlastně fajn. Některé scény z Anglie boží.
Not For All the Gold In Ireland bylo od začátku sympatické tím, že už jsem znala hlavního hrdinu. A že byl tak trochu zmetek? Nevadí, stejně jsem fandila Irům.
Men Went To Cattraeth? Uá, potřebuju lepší znalosti uspořádání Anglie v raném středověku. A domů svého vlastního Aneirina. Ehm. Velština <3

War is cruel and a waste, w
Alex Sarll
It is the second century AD, not that he would call it that, and Photinus the Greek needs to get out of town on account of an angry husband. So, seeing the opportunity to make a few denarii while lying low, he joins a trading expedition over the frontier into unconquered Germany, and what with one thing and another finds himself mispronounced as Votan, and teaching a trick or two to the Aser...
That makes this sound almost farcical, which in part it is; Neil Gaiman's introduction is dead right in
A.M. Steiner
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neil Gaiman rates the works of John James highly, and has said that he does not understand why they are not better known and better loved. Having read this collection of James's novels, I think I know some of the reasons why. John James can be brilliant, but he's also tonally all over the place, and assumes in his readers a university level interest in (and understanding of) history. There is a market for a writer like that, but it's not necessarily a very large one (as I have found out for myse ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I finished Votan, but only sampled the other two stories.

Neil Gaiman's introduction caught my eye, and I was intrigued by the interweaving of myths. Phontinus has a name Germans can't quite pronounce, he says, so they call him variants like Woden, Odin, or Votan. He moves among them as a representative of a god, or a god himself, working toward his own ends by whatever means necessary.

Votan is extremely callous. He lives in a time of slaves and sacrifices, so numerous animals and people are slau
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book, and a long book. It's three books, which are pretty different, and I am not sure the idea of grouping them was *great* but hey, it works.

I got to it via a recommendation by Neil Gaiman, and the first two are a lot of fun.

The third one ... is not. It's good, in a totally different way, and I feel happy to have read it even though it was so ... unpleasant to read? It made me feel unpleasant things a lot of the time? But that's ok.
Anna Marie
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Reminds me of journal of Roman leaders that I read in advanced Latin classes, it's reads like fictionalized history not fiction. Very brutal but believable. The Norse mythology does add an interesting twist. ...more
James Casserly
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel for it's wry humour and some knowing mockery, for example the character Photinus remarks that everyone knows the inhabitants of Paris have no dress sense. I felt that the second novel Not For All The Gold in Ireland dragged slightly, as the author spends a few chapters basically writing the same thing, just a few minor changes. I know this is part of the bardic tradition, but it still became a little wearisome after it happens a couple of times. Also, as an Irish person I wa ...more
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David John James was a Welsh author of Historical Novels.

He attended St David's University College, and also read psychology at Cambridge. In addition to writing he has also worked as a teacher and later for the Scientific Civil Service working on aviation problems.

He is known for writing four historical novels

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Photinus (2 books)
  • Votan
  • Not for All the Gold in Ireland

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