Icelander [NOOK Book]

Overview


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 Heroine’s mother –– the legendary crime-stopper and evil-thwarter Emily Bean –– everyone expects Our Heroine to follow in her mother’s footsteps and solve the case. She, however, has no interest in inheriting the family business, or being chased through steam-tunnels, or ...
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Icelander

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Overview


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 Heroine’s mother –– the legendary crime-stopper and evil-thwarter Emily Bean –– everyone expects Our Heroine to follow in her mother’s 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. But evil has no interest in her lack of interest. A Nabokovian goof on Agatha Christie, a madcap mystery that is part The Third Policeman and part The Da Vinci Code, The Icelander is one thing above all else: a true original.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nabokov meets Lemony Snicket in this manic Chinese box version of a mystery. The story, on the surface, is a whodunit set in Iceland, but it's an Iceland of fictitious cities and fantastical underground lands, in which Our Heroine (the only name given to the book's central character) searches for her lost dog while resisting and then reluctantly solving the mystery of who murdered her best friend. The book's multiple narrators include the grownup Our Heroine, a Hollywood actor, a pair of detectives whose style of speech owes more than a little to Yoda, the murder victim's husband, an Icelandic gossip columnist, and the overnarrator who speaks through the book's 53 footnotes, Prefatory Note, Prelude and Afterword. Through all of this ancillary material, the overnarrator refers to a series of mystery novels featuring Our Heroine's now-dead mother and now-demented father and their nemesis, an Icelandic Moriarty. The murder victim herself speaks through notes she has left behind, one of which reads: "We must create incomprehensible things in order to have an analogy for our incomprehension of the universe." Perhaps it's not quite the imperative she thought. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A debut work crammed with metatextual trickery, references to everything from Nabokov to Pynchon to Scandinavian mythology, and thickly ironic humor-a literary-gamesmanship machine kicked into overdrive. Long's first novel initially comes on like a murder mystery. Shirley MacGuffin had been editing a version of Hamlet, by Thomas Kyd, until she died-the day before Bean Day, a celebration honoring an adventurer who discovered the mythical Icelandic land of Vanaheim. Bean's daughter, Our Heroine-really, her name is Our Heroine-charges herself with solving Shirley's murder in the tourist-crammed town of New Cruiskeen, Penn., though she has to find her missing dog as well. Got all that? No matter. The book isn't so much a mystery as it is a goof on the genre, and Shirley isn't really a crucial character. (Hitchcock fans might have guessed that from Shirley's surname.) It is structured as a "discovered" novel, with an editor inserting persnickety and increasingly unhinged footnotes (just like Pale Fire), has a middle section with interior monologues by individual characters (just like As I Lay Dying) and includes a handsome male sidekick for Our Heroine, who eventually explains it all in the final pages (just like in a potboiler thriller). And just like most postmodern novels, it's exasperating and too clever by half-Long is so busy struggling to wade through a chin-high swamp of literary cataloguing that he has little energy left for anything resembling characterization, forcing the reader to keep track of a host of New Cruiskeen residents even while he asks you to reject conventional notions about plot. The book's most interesting and comic characters, in fact, are two of its most minor-Wible& Pacheco, a Rosenkrantz-and-Guildenstern-like dynamic duo of pretentiousness who roam the town as self-styled "philosophical investigators." The way the two get mocked for their pomposity suggests that Long knows how far off the deep end he's gone. But while the willful goofiness makes it somewhat more penetrable, it doesn't salvage it. An overcooked, incoherent stew of references.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555848644
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 751,970
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Dustin Long was born in 1977 in a small town in California. He now lives in
Indiana. This is his first novel.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    Overlooked but hilarious.

    A very fun and enjoyable contemporary read. Are you tired of reading books written more than fifty years ago? Do you think that the last original writers were guys like Heller, Vonnegut and Kafka. Are you absolutely sure that anything on the new release rack is a waste of time? Look no further my friends. This is funny, original, smart and entertaining. This book didn't create a huge splash when first released, but it's gaining speed. Before you know it everyone will be asking you if you've read 'Icelander'. Be hip and order it now, before your friends. So when they do ask, you can say 'psh, I read that when it first came out and loved it!'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    Like A Bad Move with Some Really Good scenes

    As I was reading through this book I experienced periods of shock and boredom. An interesting combination. The writing at times soars and then at other times feels like a sledgehammer pounding the pavement. The mystery itself was incidental. Still, I would recommend it if only for the fact so much other stuff out there is so damn trite.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Kit

    "Can i join please?" Squeaked a tiny light grey she cat with blue eyes. "My mommy got killed by a fox! I need a home!"

    -nameless kit-

    P.s. please put name at the bottom of post. I cant see headlines

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    To Moonpool

    Ravenclaw is locked out~2GA2

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Shadowpelt

    PIZ COME TO DED (NOT A TYPO) RESULT ONE TO HELP MY KIT!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Smokheart

    Thanks. Streamkit ran up to glow(cant remember st half...sry) your nie she mewed. I lie you. Your cool.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Nightclaw

    *jumps out of the big hemlock tree licking his lips* I always love coming back from a long hunt to a tasty peice of fresh kill. I caught the biggest pike ive ever seen.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Cloverwhisper

    The pregnant queen moans in pain and collapses. Her kits are coming. But she has lost the will to live. (Go to warriors by erin hunter first result and new base and find goldtiger who is my mate) she has lost her mate d everything. (Wont b on til tommorow sry) - cloverwhisper

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    To icestar

    Yes hello this is icestar from a different clan called iceclan i would like u too change your name and the clan names because cat will get mix up plz change yr clan name to like snow or rain BUT NOT ICECLAN we have been a clan since dec. 2011 so plz change yr name or something will come to yr clan thank you ~FROM THE REAL ICESTAR OF ICECLAN

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Thetherkit

    Smiles. Oh yeah some dogs got my tail. I have no tail.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Stormpelt

    Hi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Rosepetal

    Rosepetal~ fine. *she snarled at Firestar.* u were never their eaither. U should just keep your jaws shut. *her tail lashed.* i would have helped if your kit had not been so harsh. Dirtkit was only being ferndly. Trying to fit in but u pushed him away and made him fell bad for doing nothing wrong. I hope u have a good life in your clan. But my family is leaving. I will NEVER EVER need your help if u r boing to treat kits like that. *she lashed her tail glaring at firestar she hissed and pad out of the terriorty.*(Milkpelt go to r place to talk about a new clan.)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Cats

    He watched Dirtkit and Tulipkit
    Milkpelt

    He stared at her and mewed, lighten up, before padding away
    Dirtkit

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    May i join?

    Ji im lizerdFang could i be your med cat?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Can i join as deputy

    My name is thunderwing if i cant be deputy can i be warroir

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    To woever is in charge

    Can you send a cat t resuk 12 to clean my den

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Streakkit

    H.. h... hi.... im a one moon old kit who needs a mom.... and a home..... can i join...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Silverpelt

    Whats up everybody?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2010

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