Liesmith

Liesmith At the intersection of the magical and the mundane Alis Franklin s thrilling debut novel reimagines mythology for a modern world where gods and mortals walk side by side Working in low level IT suppo

  • Title: Liesmith
  • Author: Alis Franklin
  • ISBN: 9780553394610
  • Page: 415
  • Format: ebook
  • Liesmith

    At the intersection of the magical and the mundane, Alis Franklin s thrilling debut novel reimagines mythology for a modern world where gods and mortals walk side by side Working in low level IT support for a company that s the toast of the tech world, Sigmund Sussman finds himself content, if not particularly inspired As compensation for telling people to restart theiAt the intersection of the magical and the mundane, Alis Franklin s thrilling debut novel reimagines mythology for a modern world where gods and mortals walk side by side Working in low level IT support for a company that s the toast of the tech world, Sigmund Sussman finds himself content, if not particularly inspired As compensation for telling people to restart their computer a few times a day, Sigmund earns enough disposable income to gorge on comics and has plenty of free time to devote to his gaming group Then in walks the new guy with the unpronounceable last name who immediately becomes IT s most popular team member Lain Laufeyjarson is charming and good looking, with a story for any occasion shy, awkward Sigmund is none of those things, which is why he finds it odd when Lain flirts with him But Lain seems cool, even if he s a little different though Sigmund never suspects just how different he could be After all, who would expect a Norse god to be doing server reboots As Sigmund gets to know his mysterious new boyfriend, fate in the form of an ancient force known as the Wyrd begins to reveal the threads that weave their lives together Sigmund doesn t have the first clue where this adventure will take him, but as Lain says, only fools mess with the Wyrd Why Because the Wyrd messes back.

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    1. Julio Genao

      some of this was lots of fun, but most of it wasn't for me.didn't think the horror elements were all that well-done; lots of stupid-people-doing-things-stupidly (seriously, dad? seriously?) and lots of gross things that aren't really all that genuinely terrifying, just gross. felt gratuitouse beginning is portentous and BEHOLD THE APOCALYPSE COMMENCES but then the focus shifts to an IT dork in his underwear frowning at his slacks.which is an approximation of this book's tone issues in general: o [...]

    2. K.J. Charles

      Oooh, I enjoyed this hugely. Delightful non-traditional protagonist in Sigmund, excellent worldbuilding, a really twisty plot (all the points for the reveal of the villain). Great use of the Norse myths and a strong idea underpinning it which pulls together what seems to be niggles and inconsistencies very cleverly. A rather lovely romance too, nicely suited to Loki's mythological character. Lain/Loki is more of an action hero than a twisty thinker, which is very true to the original stories, wh [...]

    3. MLE

      I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I have to admit I have a weakness for a certain kind of main character. All the stories with main characters that start off big, bad, and kick ass are fine. They make sense in a certain context, but I've always found it boring, and anti-climatic to read about someone who you're pretty sure is going to triumph over whatever the plot throws at them.I also understand the books about people who long for adventure, and [...]

    4. Elspeth

      This isn’t going to be much of a review, because I can’t say much without ruining the plot. All I can say that even with the twist at the end it wasn’t enough. I thought it was going to be sharper, wittier than what it was. Yeah that is my problem not the books, but its how I feel. There were some fun parts, the writing was well done, but overall it just wasn’t enough for me.

    5. Karen Wellsbury

      Another review that didn't make itThere were so many things that were great about this book.First the clever premise, that Loki the shape shifter, has for Reasons been living in Australia doing various things in IT. Norse mythology woven into the mundane worked fantastically well for me.Sig, a wholly believable character, a man, with doubts about his masculinity in all aspects, black Jewish and slightly overweight, a sense of lies and a man who cannot tell a lie himself. His relationship with hi [...]

    6. Alis

      So yup! This is my book. Obviously I think it's pretty awesome, and I had a blast writing it.Liesmith contains some of my very most favourite things in the entire world, including Norse mythology and geek/tech culture. I wrote it over the period of a long time. Too long, probably; the original drafts for certain chapters (the intro, the middle scenes at the Sussmans', and the ending) date back to my university days, circa '04. The main bulk of this version was written for NaNoWriMo in '09 (actua [...]

    7. Тамрико

      I am DNFing at roughly 40% and it's totally me, not the book.Gender games & fluidity is not my kink to begin with, but this book messed it up for me even further.Otherwise, a little nutty, but ok enough to enjoy, if you get past some editorial funnies (another fine mess).I might, or might not pick it up again.

    8. Ije the Devourer of Books

      I really enjoyed this Urban Fantasy novel which has gay and minority ethnic characters who don't meet an untimely end or endure lots of angst and heartache. These characters are involved in action, battles and lots of peculiar creatures, dimensions etc etcSigmund is a twenty year old nerd. He is a computer geek, plump, lives with his Dad and lives for his computer games, and dungeons and dragons. He has two close friends who are girls and just as nerdy as him and life although mundane is general [...]

    9. Ellie

      I enjoyed a lot of things in this book but the Norse mythology was too much for me and a few things left baffled in the end.Full review also posted on my blog - elliereadsfiction/This is a rather unusual read for me, a queer urban fantasy, which I picked up after a recommendation from a friend. I liked a lot of things in the story and enjoyed reading most of it but at some point I felt lost in the the complexity of the Norse mythology which was presented in overwhelming detail. I had to google f [...]

    10. Jordan Hawk

      Queer romance. Norse mythology. Sympathetic monsters. Beautiful writing. A protagonist of color.I'd love to go on and on about what I loved about this book, but I honestly can't without giving away things you'd be far better off discovering yourself. The first paragraph above will either turn you off or have you chomping at the bit. If the latter, then you want to read this book. Seriously.Loved it.

    11. Yzabel Ginsberg

      (I received a free copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. However, at the time, it was an ARC, so some things may have changed.)This is an extremely frustrating book to rate, because I cannot decide whether I actually liked it, or only liked parts of it, with the rest being OK, and nothing more. I’ve mulled over this for some time (since the previous evening, in fact, which is when I finished reading the book), and I haven’t come closer to a conclusion.What I liked:- The u [...]

    12. Miranda

      It can be awkward, being a modern day Heathen reading someone else's ideas of your Gods. Most of the time the interpretations of my Goddess, Sigyn, are so offensive that I drop the book in a rage and never touch it again. (Touch of Frost, anyone?)Initially I overlooked Liesmith because I didn't want to read yet another novel where Loki has a mortal lover and the book completely ignores his actual wife. However, I stumbled across an interview the author did that talked specifically of Sigyn, and [...]

    13. Lila

      Ok, first thing you need to know about Liesmith: Book 1 of The Wyrd is that it's "queer modern version of the saga".So, what does that exactly mean in this book?It's a modern take on Loki and Sigyn. Story is set in present time,in Pandemonium, Australia. Loki, the Trickster god is residing here under the cover of Travis Hale, being a businessman and good at it. At one office party he falls in love with Sigmund, a nerdy and awkward guy. Loki left some angry gods behind him, and when they get info [...]

    14. Sadie Forsythe

      I thought that this was quite clever. That alone would be enough for me. But paired with how darned CUTE Sigmund was, makes it's a real winner for me. I just wanted to grab all his über-geeky, low self-esteem (what he would call realistic self-appraisal), hipster envy, good boyness and hug it and love it and call it George. I adored him. Plus, he's a not a cookie-cutter, Ken-shaped, white main character. He's plump and dark. Maybe with some Maori ancestry, but that's never clarified. I loved it [...]

    15. Kelly

      Sigmund Sussman is your stereotypical nerd. At twenty-two, he still lives at home. When not working tech-support, he plays games – handheld, console and MMOs. He has a Dungeons and Dragons group and the walls of his bedroom are papered with Star Wars posters and pictures of dragons. He’s a bit plain, a bit overweight, wears glasses and is still a virgin. So, perhaps no one is more surprised than Sigmund when the new guy in IT, the painfully hip and casually gorgeous Lain Laufeyjarson flirts [...]

    16. DoodlePanda

      I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I absolutely loved this book! To be perfectly honest I didn't know much about it before I started reading it. But I was so glad I did! I think initially the cover put me off, to me it doesn't really relate to the story. I guess the man on the cover is supposed to be Sigmund, and there is a spear involved, but it doesn't have the right 'feel'. Maybe it's just me. But I was sure pleasantly surprised when I started reading! I foun [...]

    17. Borderstar

      DNF @ 46% - may try again at a later date?This hovered somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for the majority of the read so far.This is something really different - I initially loved that this was so different. But then after a while, something about the style just didn't quite work for me and I really wasn't feeling the "romance" aspect at all. Although I did really quite like the characters - the way that everything was quite confusing and the mystery was unfolding as you went along appealed to me.I [...]

    18. Stephanie

      NOTE: I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have also subsequently purchased a copy.**Liesmith is Australian author Alis Franklin’s debut novel. It is the first book in the urban fantasy series, The Wyrd. Two more books in the series are forthcoming.Let’s get one thing up front: I make no secret of the fact that I am really, really burned out on a lot of what passes for urban fantasy these days. I am tired of love triangles and of seeing chara [...]

    19. Adrian Fridge

      I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I picked this up expecting romance and Norse mythology. I didn't expect the horror elements, but they worked out fine. I also liked the diverse cast and the adorable pairing of Sigmund and Lain. What threw me off were the minor details that added up into clusters of annoyance.Okay, let's start with the positives. Sigmund is a bundle of geekiness wrapped in layers of dorky awkwardness, and I relate to that so hard. He's brown skinn [...]

    20. Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*

      Reviewed at The Blogger Girls.Holy smokes! What in the world did I just read?! First things first, if you don’t like Norse mythology or reading about Gods and Goddesses, reincarnation or just don’t like reading books that have a lot of foreign names that has A LOT of depth to the world, then this is not the book for youEVER, if those things intrigue you then this book IS for you! So much happens in this story that it is really hard to describe so I’m just going to leave it up to the blurb [...]

    21. Sarina

      4.5* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.Sigmund Sussman is about as average an individual as you can get. Working in the IT department at the same company as his father, he still lives at home and his greatest aspirations include playing games with his friends and managing to dodge the latest company get together. When Sigmund is chosen to show a new hire by the name of Lain Laufeyjarson the ropes, he’s slightly annoyed but resigned to the invasion of his private corner of the office and La [...]

    22. Liv Rancourt

      This book was so much fun! As soon as I finished I posted about it on one of my Facebook group pages, encouraging others to read it. The story is a mash-up of urban fantasy, geek culture, queer romance, Norse mythology, and Australia. So different, and so much to like!Sigmund works in IT for a Microsoft-esque tech company. The main virtue to his job it is gives him and his friends the time and the means to play around with developing an RPG. A new guy, Lain, gets assigned to the next desk, and d [...]

    23. Stefanie Waring

      I'm going to come right out and admit that I fell in love with this book and the characters, though I will note that it wasn't immediate. It took a little while to get used to Alis Franklin's writing style and there was some mild confusion over who was the narrator, plus the jumps between tenses.That being said, once I adjusted, it was a fun ride from beginning to end. Lain is hilarious and Sigmund is adorable, and I very much appreciate books about queer characters, especially queer characters [...]

    24. Liviania

      I was first drawn to LIESMITH by the cover. You don't see many black guys on the cover of urban fantasy novels. Then there was the blurb, which promised Norse mythology meets IT. That made me think of the SpellCrash series by Kelly McCullough, which I love.Alis Franklin's debut novel is about Sigmund Sussman, a low-level IT nerd who just humiliated himself by not recognizing his boss when he meets Lain Laufeyjarson, the new guy in the department. The two hit it off, leading Sigmund to question h [...]

    25. Jennifer

      I have to admit, when I first read the blurb for LIESMITH I was worried that the book might devolve into some fanfic-worthy slash, but this is a solid urban fantasy where the two main characters just happen to be queer. Folks who loved the Avengers movie and folks who love to game (as in board or D&D games) will easily relate to our non-traditional protagonist Sigmund, who is designing his own video game and is taken aback, but not too much, when he finds out that his huh-I-guess-I-like-guys [...]

    26. Fence

      Sigmund Sussman works in I.T support, answering questions usually with the advice to “switch if off and then switch it back on again”. He lives at home with his Dad, his mother died when was young, and they work for the same company. Sigmund is a geek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, all that. He doesn’t see himself as anything special.But then a new guy starts at work, Lain Laufeyjarson, who is good-looking, charming, and a hit with everyone. Sigmund can’t help but b [...]

    27. Charly

      Very intriguing story, but I found it confusingWarning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS. Rating: 6/10PROS: - The nerdiness of the characters, both primary and secondary, is spot on. Genuinely funny and realistic.- Sigmund’s power is intriguing. Several of the characters in the story possess unusual powers, but it was Sigmund’s that I found the most original.- The blending of fantasy and true-to-life historical facts is well done.- There are statements throughout [...]

    28. Victoria

      ARC by NetGalleyTired of white people dealing with love triangles?Mythology that makes gods look stupid?Of urban fantasy that is cheesy and has little original stuff?Want diversity?Sigmund is basically, a big loser. He works in the IT department of the biggest company in Pandemonium, Australia. His life is boring, until he meets Lain, the new guy in the department. But Lain is not a regular man he is a god.I'm at a loss for words. This book was everything I expected and even better! Action scene [...]

    29. Zach

      2/3/2017: REREAD BECAUSE I NEEDED TO. This book is so charming. And now that I'm a little farther away from Marvel!Loki, Lain is definitely a really fascinating character on his own.Original review:I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book off of NetGalley, but I don't think this was it. I noticed it was listed as an LGBT book on the site and promptly forgot about that listing, so I was somehow startled to realize that, yes, this was, in fact, a book about a young Black (and J [...]

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