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Ice Land by Betsy Tobin
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Feb 21, 2010

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Beautiful, magical, and highly evocative of the land and people of Iceland, Betsy Tobin's "Ice Land" is a retelling of Norse myths mixed with an evocation of Icelandic sagas. This is not epic fantasy, but a kind of Icelandic magical realism where the Aesir are just people like us, struggling with love and loss and family, and Ragnarok is, at heart, more of a personal ending than anything else. The scenes, images, and day-to-day life reveal her love affair with the island and country of Iceland, and one could almost argue that the country itself is the central character--even geology has a role to play.

The only reason I don't give it 4 stars (I actively recommend it to others) in my personal rating system is a concern that my own memories of Iceland resonate too well with the picture she draws and that someone who hasn't been there might not feel the same impact.

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