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Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet
     

Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet

by DeCandido R. a. Keith
 
Cassie Zukav has always been a bit of a weirdness magnet. Strange things always happened to her, even before she came to Key West for vacation and never left. She's dealt with sea monsters and nixies and dragons, and shares her room with the ghost of an old wrecker captain, whom only she can see and hear.

Now she spends her days leading scuba diving jaunts and her

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Cassie Zukav has always been a bit of a weirdness magnet. Strange things always happened to her, even before she came to Key West for vacation and never left. She's dealt with sea monsters and nixies and dragons, and shares her room with the ghost of an old wrecker captain, whom only she can see and hear.

Now she spends her days leading scuba diving jaunts and her nights at Mayor Fred's Saloon watching the house band, 1812, rock the joint. But when 1812 takes a break, they're replaced by Jötunheim, a band everyone but Cassie loves. Their lead singer is Loki, the Norse trickster god, who is trying to bring about Ragnarok-the end of all that is. Cassie learns that she's a Dís, a fate goddess, from Odin himself, the Allfather of the Norse gods.

She's the only one who can stop Loki from destroying the world. And then things get really weird...

Here are eight stories of Cassie's adventures in Key West, from her encounter with a rock and roll star who's not what (or who) he seems, to stopping a water elemental from killing one of her friends (by marrying her), to the ghosts on the island all becoming active (and destructive), to a surprise appearance on the island by Thor, the thunderer. Plus, as an added bonus, the first-ever Cassie story, back in print!

A new collection by USA Today best-selling, award-winning author Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Norse fate goddess or yenta? You be the judge!" Cassie Zukav attracts weirdness without even trying. Maybe it stems from her Jewish ex-hippie parents who named her and her brother Castor and Pollux (Cassie and Paul to everyone else), or maybe, as Norse god Odin claims, it's because she's one of the Dísir, a Norse fate goddess. As Cassie tries to go about her daily routine in Key West, FL, spending her nights watching her favorite band at her favorite bar and talking with her ghostly roommate, and her days working as a scuba dive master, Odin expects her to stop the latest attempt by trickster god Loki to start Ragnarok, the end of the world. If it means Loki will stop pretending to be the lead singer of a band Cassie hates, she's all for it. After all, she's already had experience getting rid of sea monsters and nixies. How hard could it be? VERDICT DeCandido, author of numerous Star Trek novels and other sf media tie-ins, collects nine urban fantasy stories featuring Cassie from 1997 to the present, which cover her adventures in Key West as she learns why her life has been so strange. Each story builds on the previous one, with some expected repetition of information because they were individually published elsewhere, but DeCandido's quirky heroine will appeal to fans of Mur Lafferty's The Shambling Guide to New York City and Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon. Purchase where these titles or humorous urban fantasy is in demand.—Melanie C. Duncan, Sherling Lib., Macon, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780986008566
Publisher:
Plus One Press
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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