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A 1000-year-old Viking is discovered frozen on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Oregon – three thousand miles further west than any previously known European Viking-Age exploration.

While the world is focused on this remarkable discovery, Josh Kinninger’s world is falling apart. Three personal tragedies have left him bitterly angry and emotionally unmoored. Inspired by the Viking d
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Paperback, 362 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by 819 Publishing
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Kim
I was definitely in the minority with this one so far. Oh man, this book.
I'm sure where to begin. It was a mish-mash hodge-podge hot mess. I could not find any plot throughout this book. It was impossible to follow. There are numerous stories going on, which don't seem to have any purpose. The Norway story was my favorite and had that been the novel itself, I think I would have enjoyed it. I feel John Banks is definitely talented, but I'm not sure what he's doing with that talent. I don't find t
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John Allen
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a heady novel to take on. John Banks mixes the ordinary challenges of life and everything and rolls it into a historical novel and a treatise on the relation between a man and his younger brother. To say that he hasn't read Pynchon would be a doubtful speculation, but he makes it his own, and I personally as a reader would recommend this to anyone.
Russell Bittner
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“So Cunnel, as I said, the Posson was in the puppet putting on his puffomance, if you’ll podden all that onnecessary alliteration on my pot” (p. 57).

I certainly don’t want to suggest that the above citation is typical of the entire narrative of this novel; if it were, I couldn’t bear to read more than a few pages. In fact, it’s just one little passage in a litany of passages, both prosaic and poetic. But after fifty pages, I think I can say with confidence that John Banks’s prose is the most inv
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Aimee
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hugh Centerville
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Channeling Twain

John Banks, the author of W, is audacious enough to do some things most writers of fiction would be advised to stay away from. One, he uses a minimal (cleverly concealed) plot and trusts his characters will be strong enough to carry the reader across the finish line, and two, he writes sometimes as if he were channeling Mark Twain.

First, the Twain thing because it’s so delicious.

It’s three entertaining chapters interspersed throughout the book, a mid-eighteenth century Southerner
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M.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
An interesting story spanning generations.
Linda
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Stephanie Jean
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
W is both an imaginative literary novel and work of historical fiction that explores the human impulse to transcend the past through a journey to a new frontier. It is a weave of five narratives, each told with a unique literary style, resulting in a tapestry of pursuits for the limitless opportunities of westward expansion.

The novel opens with an excerpt from a Viking saga referencing the construction of “wooden effigies” to insult a man who refused a duel. In Viking times, wood forms were used
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Amy Gennaro
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Thank you to the publisher, the author and netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for my candid review.

This book has such potential. But did not make it.

The story was comprised from of at least 5 different storylines. None of the speakers were given a name. The stories seemed completely unconnected. I was confused as to who was who most of the time. Perhaps with better editing this might have been a good book.

I really only persevered in finishing this book for 3 reasons: 1) I feel very comm
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