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Icelander [Hardcover]

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A satirical crime tale follows the story of Our Heroine, a daughter of a dead legendary mystery-solver, who reluctantly takes up the investigation of her murdered close friend through the sewers and karaoke bars of Iceland, all the while endeavoring to remain out of the clutches of the inhuman Refusirkir.

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A Nabokovian goof on Agatha Christie; a madcap mystery in the deceptive tradition of The Crying of Lot 49;The Third Policeman meets The Da Vinci Code. Icelander is the debut novel from a brilliant new mind, an intricate, giddy romp steeped equally in Nordic lore and pulpy intrigue. When Shirley MacGuffin is found murdered one day prior to the annual town celebration in remembrance of Our Heroine¹s mother — the legendary crime-stopper and evil-thwarter Emily Bean — everyone expects Our Heroine to follow in her mother¹s footsteps and solve the case. She, however, has no interest in inheriting the family business, or being chased through steam-tunnels, or listening to skaldic karaoke, or fleeing the inhuman Refurserkir, or — But evil has no interest in her lack of interest, and thus; adventure ensues.

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Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 29, 2006
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  193241651X  
ISBN13  9781932416510  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dustin Long is the author of Icelander. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in American Literature, and he teaches literature at a private institution in Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn with his fianc?e and son.

Dustin Long was born in 1977.

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This book has narrative cuddling   Apr 3, 2008
An excellent book: a rollicking plot, screwball comedy, imaginative world building, insightful meta-fiction, tenderness, intrigue, love, war, peace, playfulness, seriousness, and endless list of adjectives and descriptors that add up to an astonishing work.
Just read, you wont be able to put it down, but it isn't so long that you'll likely starve to death.
good first novel from a promising author  Jan 6, 2008
Got this for my birthday. I had high hopes for it when the jacket blurb compared it to The Third Policeman. I enjoyed it, though with reservations. The prose was good, and rarely a chore to read, though sometimes the "Blaise" and "Wible & Pacheco" sections dragged. Referring to the protagonist as "Our Heroine" throughout the novel was more than a bit too precious, and choosing character names like "Constance Lingus", "Philip Leshio", and "Hubert Jorgen" is just cheesy. Long's device of framing the narrative as a manuscript of unknown authorship discovered among the papers of a character mentioned in the text does not excuse these lapses.

I also didn't understand why what was apparently "New York" was referred to throughout the novel as "New Uruk". I think Long did this to indicate that the novel took place in some sort of alternate universe, but the central conceit of the existence of the underground kingdom of Vanaheim (below Iceland) was enough for this purpose.

So, what did I like? I really enjoyed the details about Vanaheim, its inhabitants, ecology, and mythology. Almost everything written from the point of view of "Our Heroine" was interesting. Naming the character whose death sparks the central mystery of the novel "MacGuffin" was a nice touch. And the character of "Nathan" is an entertaining send-up of an affable, pretentious, and self-absorbed Hollywood star. He's based on Ethan Hawke, as evidenced by his description and also in what looks like an acrostic on page 140. I can't decide if "Nathan" is supposed to be good-natured ribbing of Hawke or a mild skewering.

In the end, I liked Icelander enough that I will definitely look for Long's next novel.
cute!  Jan 2, 2008
Yes, this book is cute. Just look at that cover! I bet people buy it solely for that alone. I'll admit, it was one of the selling points for me.
But beyond that was a good book. A very good book. Much like others have said, it's akin to Agatha Christie, which madcap characters and foes, along with faux Icelandic lore. It's humorous and smart and a perfectly quick read for the weekend. I'll be rereading it shortly, just because I found it so fun.
You should really buy this book and enjoy it for yourself!
I love this book so much that I am buying it for various friends and family members as the perfect Christmas present. The cover alone is beautiful and reminds you of winter, and the plot is all about mystery, snow, winter and Icelandic lore. An amazing combination for the holidays! This little book slides easily into a stocking for a refreshingly delightful suprise.
How can something so creative end up sort of dull?  Oct 23, 2006
Icelander takes place in a sort of Scandinavia - obsessed alternate reality where there is a separate underground kingdom beneath Iceland. The book and its mystery are quite an interesting and creative concept, but unfortunately I found actually reading the book to be rather dull, and I didn't care greatly what happened to the characters, though I think I would have liked the dead woman, too bad she was dead for most of the book, except in flashbacks. I certainly enjoyed her two-story house. I have a clue as to which character is the author of the footnotes, was I supposed to be able to tell for sure?

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