Troll: A Love Story

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Angel, a young gay commercial photographer, has had a bad night. He's been out with Martes, a hip, supposedly heterosexual creative director at a big ad agency who has been hiring Angel frequently. Angel is drawn to Martes and knows the feeling's mutual, but when he tries to take their flirtation to the next level, Martes shoots him down defensively, claiming he's not gay. Drunk, bereft, and exhausted, Angel makes his way home, only to find a group of teenage thugs attacking a small defenseless creature in the ...
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Angel, a young gay commercial photographer, has had a bad night. He's been out with Martes, a hip, supposedly heterosexual creative director at a big ad agency who has been hiring Angel frequently. Angel is drawn to Martes and knows the feeling's mutual, but when he tries to take their flirtation to the next level, Martes shoots him down defensively, claiming he's not gay. Drunk, bereft, and exhausted, Angel makes his way home, only to find a group of teenage thugs attacking a small defenseless creature in the parking lot of his apartment building. He comes to its defense and finds that it is a juvenile troll. It appears sickly, wounded, and totally helpless. So Angel takes it inside for protection.

In the morning, he almost thinks he dreamed it. But there it is, and so, head splitting with a hangover, Angel goes to the internet to try to figure out what a troll might eat. He finds a great deal of folklore-about how trolls are truly man's evil doppelganger, or occult forest creatures. He calls a veterinarian ex-boyfriend, whom he jilted for Martes, and who bitterly hangs up on him after telling him that a troll's system is somewhat similar to wild cats. Desperate, he goes to his downstairs neighbor's, where a Filipina mail-order bride, left alone for the day by her brutish husband, answers the door. No, she can't lend him any cat food, but she does offer him some frozen fish. The troll refuses to eat. Eventually, by dint of intense research, Angel begins feeding the troll mice and guinea pigs from several different pet stores, afraid to return to any too soon. It makes a messy kill that disgusts him, but soon its health improves. Angel begins to get quite attached to his new pet. Reading a fairytale about a fairy-girl and a troll (who stand in for idealistic illusions versus earth pessimism), Angel decides to name his charge Pessi, after the one in the book.

Meanwhile Martes has offered Angel a photography commission that is sure to be lucrative-to create images for a campaign for a new brand of trendy, high-end blue jeans called Stalkers, that will be promoted with all the bells and whistles. Angel eagerly accepts, but with a bit less concern over Martes himself than the old Angel would have had. They meet, with some flirtation (Martes notices Angel is wearing Calvin Klein aftershave, but it's really Pessi's juniper-berry scent), and Martes provides Angel with Stalkers in a range of sizes. When he comes home from his meeting Palomita, the mail-order bride, is waiting for him. Afraid her abusive husband has come home, she darts into his apartment and sees the troll. From this moment she shares Angel's secret. Pessi, however, has become ill-he's listless and feverish, and Angel realizes something must be done. So he meets his ex-boyfriend, the veterinarian, who diagnoses the undisclosed mystery animal with worms. Angel convinces the vet to take him back to his practice for a tryst and steals a worm medication while his lover is sleeping-which luckily works. When the vet realizes the drugs are missing, he calls Angel and hints broadly that he knows he must have a troll.

As Pessi's health improves, he begins building a pyramid with some blocks that Angel uses for photo shoots. Angel's curiosity over exactly how intelligent his troll might be draws him to continue his research, and he even believes that "devil's stoves," supposed Bronze Age cremation pits built by humans, may be what Pessi is building. The troll's happiness is infectious, and, feeling restless and full of nameless desire, Angel goes out on the prowl and meets a young man who's long idolized him from afar, Ecke. A slightly nerdy, intense young man, particularly alongside the beautiful Angel, he's not the type Angel would ordinarily go for, but he goes home with him. Ecke even agrees to lend him a very rare 19th-century book on the wild animals of Finland, which he wouldn't let out of his sight for anyone else.

When Angel returns home from Ecke's, he finds it increasingly difficult to ignore that Pessi exerts some sort of erotic charge on him. He tries to get rid of Pessi, but Pessi's coat has molted because of the heat of Angel's apartment, and he looks upon Angel as his alpha, or father. In the end he can't bring himself to abandon him. However, he does have a stroke of brilliance: Pessi as the model for the Stalker campaign. A child's size pair, with a tail hole cut in them, works perfectly, though Pessi is instantly furious. The resulting images, of Pessi dancing and leaping with rage like a more acrobatic wild cat fighting its first collar, are exactly the image of the unloosed id Angel is looking for. Martes is delighted-especially since, to protect his secret, Angel tells him the world rights are available and they are only Photoshopped from old nature photographs taken by his deceased brother.

To escape the closeness and disturbing feelings of his home with Pessi, Angel goes home with him, but Pessi smells the other man and growls in a display of agitation until Angel showers. The same evening, Martes, drunk with the triumph of his "Mark of the Beast" Stalker campaign being enthusiastically bought by the jeans company, and following some unacknowledged attraction to Angel, decides he has to return the CD with Angel's photos. Unfortunately, he shoves his way in to use the bathroom when Angel refuses, and Pessi attacks him in a jealous rage. Martes knocks Pessi unconscious.

Spider, the veterinarian ex-boyfriend, comes over, the truth finally out, and treats Pessi for his injuries and catatonia. He also tells Angel that his apartment reeks of pheromones, which could explain his particular irresistibility lately-but which will also betray him to anyone who might suspect him of having the forbidden animal. Pessi's hold is even stronger after the trauma of thinking he might be seriously wounded, and Angel goes to Ecke's immediately. On the way out, he sees that Pessi has painted something resembling cave art in the hallway, using Martes's blood.

The Stalker campaign hits the newsstands and is a huge hit. Except with Pessi, who tears the images to shreds in fury, and Ecke, who recognizes the troll image from a rare Tom of Finland book of erotic drawings featuring the animals. But Martes's revenge is only days away: he's taken another of the troll images and, broadly interpreting the contract Angel signed, used is as the logo of a sports team without Angel's consent. Angel bolts from Ecke's, leaving his keys behind, and makes his way across the city furiously shouting at Martes on his cell phone-who threatens to reveal the truth about the troll to everyone. Ecke, seeing Angel's keys, decides to surprise him. Going to get spare keys from the building super, and being attacked by Palomita's jealous husband, who thinks they are having an affair, Angel misses by minutes the opportunity to save Ecke from Pessi's jealous rage. But it's too late. Ecke is dead.

Angel goes on the run, with Pessi wrapped in a blanket. He takes a cab to the edge of the forest. As he disappears, the police, alerted by a neighbor that there is a dangerous animal in Angel's apartment, arrive to the bloody scene at his apartment. Spider happens to be the consulting veterinarian to deal with the animal and has already told Angel to disappear. The book closes with Angel wanted for homicide, and disappearing so deep into the woods he will never be found, a captive of Pessi's band, headed by an enormous, mature male troll toting a stolen military rifle.

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Editorial Reviews

Ellen Emery Heltzel
Sinisalo cleverly taps this fabled legacy while ditching the fairy-tale tone you might expect.
USA Today
The Washington Post
Sinisalo handles all this mythic conflict in an admirably matter-of-fact way; her main innovations have to do with the novel's narrative structure. She has all the players drawn into Angel's dark fairy-tale intrigue relate their part in short first-person snippets, which are then intercut with reference materials, of both online and print vintage, recounting the Finnish history of troll-sightings and the symbolic significance of the forest creatures in the nation's myth and folklore...All these overlapping narrative voices nicely underscore the moral of Sinisalo's ingeniously constructed fable: The stuff of ancient legend shadows with rather unnerving precision the course of unloosed postmodern desire.—Chris Lehmann
Publishers Weekly
A young Finnish photographer makes a pet of an orphaned troll in this strange, sexually charged contemporary folk tale, a hit in Europe. Mikael, nicknamed Angel for his stunning blonde good looks, finds the troll behind some dustbins after a night of drinking, and feels compelled to bring it home ("It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen... I know straight away that I want it"). The troll is small and black, thoroughly wild but also oddly human, with an overpowering, arousing juniper-berry smell. Obsessed by his new companion, whom he names Pessi, Angel sets out to learn everything he can about trolls, which in the novel's world are a real but extremely rare species. Much of the book is composed of excerpts from reference works and novels, the most valuable of which is a rare volume by Gustaf Eur n, called The Wild Beasts of Finland. This book is supplied by Ecke, Angel's nerdy, fervid suitor; Angel also coerces help from a veterinarian ex-boyfriend; an advertising art director who buys his photographs and rejects his advances; and an abused Filipino mail-order bride who lives downstairs. Sinisalo's elastic prose is at once lyrical and matter-of-fact, but this is not a comfortable novel. The troll brings out Angel's animal instincts, representing all the seduction and violence of the natural world. As the troll becomes ever more unmanageable, the sense of doom grows; the ferocious ending is thoroughly unsettling. Agent, Peter Owen. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The eponymous humanlike "monster" familiar from the mythology and folklore of Lapland dominates this prizewinning first novel, the work of a Finnish writer for TV and comic strips. Sinisalo's dark fable begins when gay photographer Mikael (a.k.a. "Angel") Hartikainen returns from a night out to find a "troll-cub" being persecuted by young "thugs" outside his apartment building. Rescuing the troll (which he later names Pessi, after a figure in a famous Finnish novel), Angel begins surfing the Internet for information about this timid, oddly seductive creature. As he and Pessi grow used to each other, Angel averts possible discovery of his new tenant by his downstairs neighbor Palomita (an abused "postal-purchase bride"); a veterinary surgeon whom he mischievously calls "Dr. Spiderman"; sardonic advertising executive Martes (Angel's sometime lover), and "nerdy" Ecke, the lovelorn gay to whom Angel finds himself helplessly, ridiculously sexually attracted. Meanwhile, Sinisalo juxtaposes brief chapters that record Angel's increasingly complicated days with excerpts from such varied informational sources as biological and ecological studies, newspaper accounts of troll "sightings," indigenous poems and stories, and the Finnish epic Kalevala. The clever plot here is driven by Pessi's effect on Angel (as Dr. Spiderman explains, "your troll's emitting some very powerful pheromones"). The mystery of Pessi's appearance deepens as Sinisalo presents conflicting theories: that the troll is an animal species, an unclassifiable hybrid, or an earthly image of Satan-while leading us toward a catastrophic finale that seems to confirm the veterinarian's suspicion that radical climatic changes are unsettlingthe balance of nature. Troll offers an ingenious dramatization of the nightmare of blurred boundaries between species, and a disturbing dystopian vision reminiscent of Karel Capek's classic War with the Newts. A fascinating black comedy, from a writer who has made the transition to literary fiction with a giant's strides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802141293
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 703,217
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Troll

A Love Story
By Johanna Sinisalo

Grove Atlantic, Inc.

Copyright © 2000 Johanna Sinisalo
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8021-4129-3


Chapter One

Dusk Crept Through the Greenwood

ANGEL I'm starting to get worried. Martes's face seems to be sort of fluctuating in the light fog induced by my four pints of Guinness. His hand's resting on the table close to mine. I can see the dark hairs on the back of his hand, his sexy, bony finger-joints and his slightly distended veins. My hand slides toward his and, as if our hands were somehow joined together under the table, his moves away in a flash. Like a crab into its hole. I look him in the eyes. His face wears a friendly, open, and understanding smile. He seems at once infinitely lovable and completely unknown. His eyes are computer icons, expressionless diagrams, with infinite wonders behind them, but only for the elect, those able to log on. "So why did you ask me out for a drink? What did you have in mind?" Martes leans back in his chair. So relaxed. So carefree. "Some good conversation." "Nothing more?" He looks at me as if I've exposed something new about myself, something disturbing but paltry: a bit compromising, but not something that will inexorably affect a good working relationship. It's more as if my deodorant were inadequate. "I have to tell you honestly that I'm not up for it." My heart starts pounding and my tongueresponds on reflex, acting faster than my brain. "It was you who began it." When we were little and there was a schoolyard fight, the most important thing was whose fault it was. Who began it. And as I go on Martes looks at me as if I weren't responsible for my behavior. "I'd never have let myself in for this ... if you hadn't shown me, so clearly, you were up for it. As I've told you, I'm hot shit at avoiding emotional hangups. If I've really no good reason to think the other person's interested I don't let anything happen. Not a thing. Hell, I don't even think it." Memories are crowding through my mind while I'm sounding off-too angrily, I know. I'm recalling the feel of Martes in my arms, his erection through the cloth of his pants as we leaned on the Tammerkoski River bridge railings that dark night. I can still feel his mouth on mine, tasting of cigarettes and Guinness, his mustache scratching my upper lip, and it makes my head start to reel. Martes reaches for his cigarettes, takes one, flicks it into his mouth, lights his Zippo and inhales deeply, with deep enjoyment. "I can't help it if I'm the sort of person people project their own dreams and wishes onto." In his opinion nothing has happened. In his opinion it's all in my imagination. I crawl home at midnight, staggering and limping-it's both the beer and the wound deep inside me. Tipsily, I'm licking my wound like a cat: my thought probes it like a loose tooth, inviting the dull sweet pain over and over again-dreams and wishes that won't stand the light of day. The street lamps sway in the wind. As I turn in through the gateway from Pyynikki Square, sleet and crushed lime leaves blow in with me. There's loud talk in the corner of the yard. A loathsome bunch of kids are up to something in the corner by the trash cans-young oafs, jeans hanging off their asses and their tattered windbreakers have lifted to show bare skin. They've got their backs to me, and one of them's goading another, using that tone they have when they're challenging someone to perform some deed of daring. This time it's to do with something I can't see, at their feet. Normally I'd give thugs like these a wide berth-they make my flesh crawl. They're just the sort that make me hunch up my shoulders if I pass them in the street, knowing I can expect some foul-mouthed insult-but just now, because of Martes, because I don't give a damn about anything and with my blood-alcohol count up, I go up to them. "This is private property, it belongs to the apartment building. Trespassers will be prosecuted." A few heads turn-they sneer-and then their attention goes back to whatever's at their feet. "Afraid it'll bite?" one asks another. "Give it a kick." "Didn't you hear? This is private property. Get the fuck out of here." My voice rises, my eyes sting with fury. An image from my childhood is flashing through my brain: a gang of bullies from an older class are towering above me, sneering at me, and goading me in that same tone-"Afraid it'll bite?"-and then they stuff my mouth with gravelly snow. "Shove it up your ass, sweetie," one of these juvenile delinquent coos tenderly. He knows I've no more power over them than a fly. "I'll call the police." "I've called them already," says a voice behind me. The ornery old woman who lives on the floor below me and covers her rent by acting as some kind of caretaker has materialized behind me. The thugs shrug their shoulders, twitch their jackets, blow their noses onto the ground with a swagger and dawdle away, as if it was their choice. They shamble off through the gateway, manfully swearing, and the last one flicks his burning cigarette butt at us like a jet-propelled missile. They've hardly reached the street before we hear anxious running feet. The lady snorts. "Well, they did do what they were told." "Are the police coming?" "'Course not. Why bother the police with scum like that? I was off to the Grill House myself." The adrenaline's cleared my head for a moment, but now, as I struggle to dig out my keys, my fingers feel like a bunch of sausages. The woman's on her way to the gate, and that's fine, because my pissed brain's buzzing with a rigid, obsessive curiosity. I wait until she's off and start peering among the garbage cans. And there, tucked among the cans, some young person is sleeping on the asphalt. In the dark I can only make out a black shape among the shadows. I creep closer and reach out my hand. The figure clearly hears me coming. He weakly raises his head from the crouching position for a moment, opens his eyes, and I can finally make out what's there. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I know straight away that I want it. It's small, slender and it's curled up in a strange position, as if it were completely without joints. Its head is between its knees, and its full black mane of hair is brushing the muddy pavement. It can't be more than a year old. A year and a half at the most. A mere cub. By no means the huge bulk you see in illustrations of the full-grown specimens. It's hurt or been abandoned, or else it's strayed away from the others. How did it get to the courtyard of an apartment building in the middle of the town? Suddenly my heart starts thumping and I swing around, half expecting to see a large black hunched shadow slipping from the garbage cans to the gate and then off into the shelter of the park. I react instinctively. I crouch down by it and carefully bend one of its forearms behind its back. It stirs but doesn't struggle. Just in case, I twist the strap of my bag all around the troll so that its paws are fastened tightly to its side. I glance behind me and lift it up in my arms. It's light, bird-boned, weighing far less than a child the same size. I glance quickly at the windows. There's nothing but a reddish light glowing in the downstairs neighbor's bedroom. The glamorous head of a young woman pops up in the window, her hand drawing the curtain. Now. In a moment we're in my apartment. It's very weak. When I lower it onto the bed it doesn't struggle at all, just contemplates me with its reddish-orange feline eyes with vertical pupils. The ridge of its nose protrudes rather more than a cat's, and its nostrils are large and expressive. The mouth is in no way like the split muzzle of a cat or a dog: it's a narrow, horizontal slit. The whole face is so human-looking-like the face of the American woolly monkey or some other flatfaced primate. It's easy to understand why these black creatures have always been regarded as some sort of forest people who live in caves and holes, chance mutations of nature, parodies of mankind. In the light, its cubbishness is even more obvious. Its face and body are soft and round, and it has the endearing ungainliness of all young animals. I examine its front paws: they're like a rat's or racoon's, with flexible, jointed fingers and long nails. I untie it, and the cub makes no move to scratch or bite. It just turns on its side and curls up, drawing its tufted tail between its thighs and folding its front paws against its chest. Its tangled black mane falls over its nose, and it lets out that half-moan/half-sigh of a dog falling asleep. I stand at the bedside, looking at the troll-cub and taking in a strong smell-not unpleasant, though. It's like crushed juniper berries with a hint of something else-musk, patchouli? The troll hasn't moved an inch. Its bony side heaves to the fast pace of its breathing. Hesitantly I take a woolen blanket from the sofa, stand by the bed a while, and then spread it over the troll. One of its hind legs gives a kick, like a reflex, swift and strong as lightning, and the blanket flies straight over my face. I struggle with it, my heart pumping wildly, for I'm convinced the frightened beast will go for me, scratching and biting. But no. The troll lies there curled up and breathing peacefully. It's only now that I face the fact that I've brought a wild beast into my home. My head and neck are aching. I've been sleeping on the sofa. It's ridiculously early; still dark. And there's nothing on the bed. So that's what it's all been: a fantasy that won't survive the first light of day. Except that the blanket lies crumpled on the floor by the bed, and there's a faint little sound coming from the bathroom. I get up and walk slowly, in the light of the streetlamps filtering through the window, creeping as quietly as I can to the bathroom door. In the dusk I can see a small black bony bottom, hind legs, a tufted twitching tail, and I realize what's happening. It's drinking from the toilet bowl. The juniper-berry smell is pungent. Then I spot a yellow puddle on my mint-green tiled floor. Naturally. It has stopped lapping up water and has sensed that I'm there. Its torso is up from the bowl so fast I can't see the movement. Its face is dripping with water. I'm trying to convince myself that the water is perfectly clean, drinkable. I'm trying to remember when I last scrubbed the bowl. Its eyes are still dull, it doesn't look healthy, and its pitch-black coat is sadly short of gloss. I move aside from the bathroom door, and it slides past me into the living room, exactly as an animal does when it's got another route to take-pretending to be unconcerned but vividly alert. It walks on two legs, with a soft and supple lope: not like a human being, slightly bent forwards, its front paws stretched away from its sides-ah, on tiptoe, like a ballet dancer. I follow it and watch it bounce on to my bed, effortlessly, like a cat, as though gravity didn't exist-then curl up and go back to sleep again. I go back to the kitchen for a cereal bowl, fill it with water and put it by the bed. Then I start mopping up the bathroom floor, though I've got a splitting headache. What the hell do trolls eat?

Back in my study, I leave the door open, boot up my computer, connect to the Internet and type TROLL. Troll (older forms: hobgoblin, bugbear, ogre), Felipithecus trollius. Family: Cat-apes (Felipithecidae) A pan-Scandinavian carnivore, found only north of the Baltic and in western Russia. Disappeared completely from Central Europe along with deforestation but, according to folklore and historical sources, still fairly common in medieval times. Not officially discovered, and scientifically classified as a mammal, until 1907. Before then assumed to be a mythical creature of folklore and fairy tale. Weight of a full-grown male: 50-75 kg. Height standing upright: 170-190 cm. A long-limbed plantigrade, whose movements nevertheless show digitigrade features. Walk: upright on two legs. Four long-nailed toes on the hindlimbs, five on the forelimbs, both including a thumb-like gripping toe. The tail long, with a tuft. The tongue rough. The overall color a deep black, the coat dense, sleek. A thick black mane on the head of the males. Movement only at night. Main nourishment: small game, carrion, birds' nests, and chicks. Hibernates. Cubs probably conceived in the autumn before hibernation, the female giving birth to one or two cubs in spring or early summer. About the behavior of this animal, however, so extremely shy of human contact, there is very little scientific knowledge. Extremely rare. Supposedly there are about four hundred specimens in Finland. Classified as an endangered species.

ANGEL This is making me no wiser. I click on SEARCH and come up with the following. Because of their great outward resemblance to humans or apes, trolls were originally mistaken for close relatives of the hominids; but further study has demonstrated that the case is one of convergent evolution. Misclassified a primate, the species was first erroneously designated "the Northern Troglodyte Ape" (Latin: Troglodytas Borealis). Later it was observed that the troll belonged to a completely independent family of carnivores, the Felipithecidae, but the apelike attributions survived for a time in the nomenclature, Felipithecus troglodytas. At present, the established, scientifically accepted nomenclature of the species still bows to popular tradition as Felipithecus trollius. An interesting episode in the naming of the troll was a suggestion from the prestigious Societas pro Fauna et Flora: relying on the mythical and demonic connotations, they proposed the name Felipithecus satanus. Only one other species of the Felipithecidae is known, the almost extinct yellow cat-ape (Felipithecus flavus), a roughly lynx-sized creature whose habitat is the heart of the Indonesian rain forest. The common ancestor of the species is believed, on fossil evidence, to have inhabited Southeast Asia. Though, on the evidence of its mode of life and dentition, the troll is clearly a carnivore, many scientists consider that the species does not properly belong to the order of Carnivora. Theories exist that the troll is more closely related to the insectivores and primates than to the true feline predators, and this is supported by certain anatomical features. It has been suggested that several other species whose existence has not been scientifically established beyond doubt (such as the legendary Tibetan "Abominable Snowman," or Yeti, of hearsay, and the mythical North American Sasquatch, or "Bigfoot") may also be humanity-shunning representatives of the Felipithecidae family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Trollazard

    Hum

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    Posted December 25, 2013

    Chace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Interesting...





    Pretty decent quick read. The storyline is supplemented by exerps from various books and legends, which is a nice style but the story itself is nothing special. It was told from the perspective of 5 people which left too little time to build depth for any of the characters. Also, the main character has several names which is rather confusing at first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Ally

    "Throws my ninja stars at the camp and jumps off of the tree and walks in" How about all of you stop!

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    Kelly

    Why? Why? Nooooooo

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    one of a kind

    As a lover of all things Scandinavian and a fan of everything folklore, this book caught my eye right away. I have never known anyone who read it or even heard of it. I opened it up expecting something totally different, and that's what I got. It is a freaky, touching love story. That yes, involves a troll. It's well written. The pace flows along and the dilemmas of the young protagonist pull you in. The characters, including the troll, are strong and sympathetic. The ending... wasn't everything I had hoped... but I would still highly recommend this book to any true literature lover.

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    Posted July 19, 2013

    Faith

    Ok.C ya at camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Gen. Hudson

    Marine Commandos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Jet

    Enters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    To everyone

    Idiott is openning a new bar at 'cbgb' all res! Read the description of each room. Is open 24-7!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Cloud

    Leaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Phoenix

    1945
    XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Slasher

    ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Topaz (stealth/combat wolf)

    I bark to say hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Wolf

    She yawned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Justin

    I have complete faith in you guys. C ya later.

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    Posted June 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Hila Hola

    Me gusta caso

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Troll

    U HAVE BEEN TROLLED LOLOLOLOLOL

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