Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Note: Vulgar the Viking and a Midsummer Night's Scream

Redbeard, Odin. Vulgar the Viking and a Midsummer Night's Scream. London: Nosy Crow, 2013.

The punny title Midsummer Night's Scream has proven irresistible to many authors, including R. L. Stein (for which, q.v.) and David Bergantino (for which, q.v.).

Both those books have a connection of one kind or another to Shakespeare.

But, as we know all too well, there are merely parasitical works—those that refer to a quotation from or a title of one of Shakespeare's works but without any substantive engagement with Shakespeare.

This is one of those.

What we have here is the odd, semi-scatalogical adventures of a Viking boy in the town of Blubber during the Midsummer's Eve festival. We get a maypole dance, but we don't get love triangles or love potions or Shakespeare's language.

Here's a quick sample, and then we can all get back to whatever we were doing before.

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