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Imagine that a shy graduate student has discovered the legendary necklace Brisingamen -- whose wearer bears the powers of the goddess Freyja, mistress of love and war...Imagine that Freyja's enemy, Loki, has come to San Francisco to steal it back, so that he can release his fiery reign of terror...Imagine that only Karen Ingold can stop him. Together with her unlikely alliImagine that a shy graduate student has discovered the legendary necklace Brisingamen -- whose wearer bears the powers of the goddess Freyja, mistress of love and war...Imagine that Freyja's enemy, Loki, has come to San Francisco to steal it back, so that he can release his fiery reign of terror...Imagine that only Karen Ingold can stop him. Together with her unlikely allies -- a one-eyed biker, a red-bearded carpenter, and a spinsterly Tarot reader -- Karen must follow her enemy to a twilit world of myth and magic...not unlike our own!...

Title : Brisingamen
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ISBN : 9780425088036
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Brisingamen Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-05-03 17:48

    I have always liked the Norse gods better than I liked the Greek gods. I'm not sure why, but I do.I am of two minds about this book. Part of me wants to give it two stars, part of me wants to give it three.We'll take the negative first.Brisingamen brings the Norse Gods to modern day San Fran and into the life of Karen Ingold.Basically, this involes her becoming the incarnation of Freya (or something like that) and having sex with three different men over the course of the book. In and of itself that wouldn't bother me, but if Karen is only doing this because she is possessed by Freya then something isn't quite Kosher.In many ways that part of the book reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley's witch novels. While people are rightly split on Bradley's talent as a writer, I like her Darkover novels because I see them as an examination of the rights of society vs. the rights of the person. Bradley's withc novels (ie Heartlight) always followed the smal pattern - young woman goes to old buidling, meets guy, has sudden sex with guy, meet bad guy, has sex and so on. Paxson's book felt a little like this. What is it with books from the 1970s and early 80s having heroines who just suddenly get possessed by something and then have sex?Worse, despite the fate that Freya is a goddess of war, Karen seems, well, girly.However. And it is a BIG however.Paxson does something very cool with the Norse legends and it is an interesting twist. I also really enjoyed her use of Vietnam. In particular, her use of poetry stood out, connecting the reader back to the old sagas. It is a very good juxaposition.

  • Grond
    2019-04-29 16:04

    One of the few books in my life that I just could not gut out to the end. The main character finally drove me to abandon ship and all I can remember about it was equal parts revulsion for the main character and annoyance at its 'soapy-ness'.

  • Miriam
    2019-05-23 18:48

    1970s-ish sex-as-liberation take on Norse fertility myths.

  • Kris
    2019-04-25 00:06

    Book actually inspired me to check out opera!

  • Sifra
    2019-05-15 17:09

    This was a very enjoyable read.It's very funny that I found it, because my husband recently told me about "American Gods", and I told him that I loved the idea of the gods of ancient mythology walking around in modern times, but I don't like Gaiman's writing, and it would be even more interesting, to me, if the book revolved only about the gods of the Norse pantheon.The theme of a girl, finding her personal power, fit perfectly with her finding the goddess Freya's necklace. All the references indicated the author's love for the Norse pantheon very clearly. I liked the fact that Del worked with influenced from other cultures, and that Micheal initially had trouble believing Karen. I loved the fact that the special relationship between Odin and Loki played such a big part in the story.The only thing I didn't like was the use of children every time the author wanted to depict suffering.

  • Dee Eisel
    2019-05-22 16:12

    Diana Paxson has earned a reputation as a scholar of Northern European paganism. She also has a fantastic reputation for her fantasy and SF. This is an older book, but since the only previous work of hers I'd read was Star Trek novels, I really wanted to read something hers alone. I am so glad I chose this book. Karen is stuck in a rut of her own making, her work on her doctorate on hold because of an affair gone sour. When she comes into possession of the pieces of an ancient gold necklace, she strings them together and unleashes Freya's necklace Brisingamen on her life. In short order she has a new boyfriend and is doing much better at the University. However, Brisingamen's re-appearance has also caught the attention of Loki, and Karen finds herself an unwilling participant in a battle to prevent Ragnarok coming early.I have seen some pretty caustic reviews of this book by Norse pagans, and I can sort of see their point. The gods here are boiled down to basic archetypes, without a lot of depth, in the service of the plot. While I appreciate that this is an approach that lacks nuance and isn't fair to the complex and interesting deities, I am relieved that Paxson avoids an infodump. Karen doesn't know a lot. It's OK for the novel to follow her view.I found the idea of the Norse deities descending on 1970s-80sish San Francisco to be entertaining in and of itself. Paxson clearly knows the area - it would be obvious even if I didn't know she'd lived there. While it doesn't have the depth of exploration of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Inheritor - that book dove into the pagan scene there headfirst - it has a lot of the same feel. It's a fun, quick read. Don't look for an entirely happy ending, and if you're the pagan version of a Canon Cop it's not for you, but I give it four of five. (It's worth mentioning that I was reading this at the same time as The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea and was a lot more interested in finishing Brisingamen.)

  • Diana
    2019-05-08 21:09

    Ploughing through a different book, It was such a relief to start on this one and find myself enjoying it immediately. I've read a few books and short stories by Diana L Paxson before and wanted something I knew I'd like, and this worked for me! Different from the more direct fantasy I'd read, though it started like one, I was surprised to find it moved into today's world. However when our protagonist, Karen Ingold, takes some junky looking oddities from an ancient chest home to clean up, mysterious and strange things begin to happen! I learnt more about the Norse legends, from a literary, archaeological and even operatic viewpoint, (not too dry either), as well as action that rivals a Marvel movie in the thrilling climax, but this story definitely for adults!

  • Janet Whalen
    2019-05-20 00:00

    One of my old faves....better than any of her other stuff. As you can see from my many reviews, anything that takes old mythos and plunks it into our modern reality pleases me. Havent read it in awhile, but I know Norse Gods are involved, a great read. Just read again in 2013. Knowing Paxon is an Asatru priestess and has been since before she wrote this book makes it even better. This is not fantasy; it is one reality blended with another. Shows practicing heathens as good Volk. Scholars, magicians both Seelie and Unseelie, craftsmen, warriors and even cats have their roles to play. Should be shelved under Heathen/Pagan fiction. The christians have whole bookstore chains, we deserve at least a section of fiction that takes our faith seriously. More please!!!

  • Donna
    2019-05-12 15:52

    I have several books by Diana L. Paxson.I did a search and found this book entitled "Brisingamen."As I am teaching Pagan religions to students, I know that"brisingamen" is the magical necklace that belongs to theGoddess Freyja. So, wanting to journey with the necklaceof Norse mythology, I began to read this book. I took to this book right away. The characters (mortals &the Gods & Goddesses) interact because the necklace of theGoddess has once again has been found. If you are interested in the Norse Goddess Freyja,Loki, or mythology, pick up this book & let your mind believe that the Gods & Goddesses still interact with ustoday.

  • Timothy Boyd
    2019-05-23 19:45

    Better than average story with a good bit of Norse mythology influence. Very recommended

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-03 22:59

    This month's book club selection - somewhat like American Gods - except they are all Norse goddesses & gods.

  • Rowan
    2019-05-02 17:06

    Diana Paxson puts a modern twist on the Norse legend.

  • Lynxie Brat
    2019-05-06 19:10

    This book, while not the best fantasy fiction I've read, has some very likeable charecters, and I only wish it had been longer, and the charecters more developed.

  • Felicity
    2019-05-14 20:56

    1. The 70s took a while to die.2. Weird, weird, weird weird weird. Weird weird weird.3. Um, Viet Nam? Really?