The Gospel of Loki
By Joanne Harris
A Trickster God Epic Adventure Book
Most people have heard of Thor and Loki because they have appeared in plenty of high profile movies recently. These Norse gods who helm from the powerful city of Asgard are known for fierce battles, playfulness and a certain amount of 'chaos.'
Travelling between the world of the living and one of the dead, the predictably cheeky Loki is widely known as the trickster god.
Joanne Harris decided to focus on him and write from his perspective about his frantic life and the awkward predicaments that he finds himself in her well written novel, 'The Gospel of Loki.'
As Asgard faces destruction and the one-eyed Odin is setting him difficult challenges, Loki goes from one awkward situation to another, with only his charm and ability to deceive as weapons.
With unusual offspring and a series of affairs behind him, Loki seems to find ways to make new friendships, entice new love interests and dig himself further into spiralling holes of despair.
Check out this clever, witty and unrelenting tale of his exploits, woven knowingly by Harris with her typically insightful first person narrative.
When you've finished you'll be wanting more. Don't worry, a sequel awaits.
***** A fully entertaining read.
Adam has kept a diary of his work as a junior doctor, repeatedly getting stuck with having to work long shifts over the Christmas holidays. Joking about how he couldn't ever wriggle out of it, he reflects on some of the intriguing patients that he came across and their often bizarre injuries resulting from quirky and weird mishaps.
This book is really funny, cleverly insightful and written in a warm style with regular anecdotes which are often fascinating, usually gory and sometimes down-right ridiculous. From a child dismantling his mum's novelty earring and getting a green LED stuck up his nose to a Ward registrar commenting about how popular a patient is when accosted by a room full of 'Get Well' cards. He soon realised the cards were due to the poor patient's wife having only just died.
The weird relationship that senior doctors and junior ones seem to have is often hinted at in TV medical dramas but Adam hits the nail on the head with constant real-life references to this peculiar subject matter. He clearly loved his job but it took up most of his time and impacted heavily on his personal relationships and family life. Working every Christmas can't have helped much.
At 78 pages on kindle, this book is short, sharp and witty as hell. Take a look and you will soon be wanting to read more by Adam Kay.