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  1. Peter Peter says:

    In a mere 128 pages, Lester Del Rey tells a better story than most modern writers can in 500 Day of the Giants feels astonishingly slim next to the mammoth tomes which are de rigueur these days, but that slimness just points up the fact that most of those gargantuan books are simply padded.The book is very strongly reminiscent of the Compleat Enchanter series by L Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt Both feature modern twentieth century men who are unexpectedly faced with the world of Norse my In a mere 128 pages, Lester Del Rey tells a better story than most modern writers can in 500 Day of the Giants feels astonishingly slim next to the mammoth tomes which are de rigueur these days, but that slimness just points up the fact that most of those gargantuan books are simply padded.The book is very strongly reminiscent of the Compleat Enchanter series by L Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt Both feature modern twentieth century men who are unexpectedly faced with the world of Norse mythology But while the situation was expertly played for laughs by de Camp and Pratt the Compleat Enchanter series is rightfully considered a classic of the genre , in Day of the Giants del Rey plays it straight Fimbulwinter has descended on the Earth, Ragnarok approaches, and two twin brothers one a war hero, the other a farmer have been taken up to Asgard by Loki and Thor to play a role in the final battle.The interaction of modern science with magic and mythology is always interesting I consider one of the failures of the Harry Potter series to be J.K Rowling s relative neglect of that topic For example, didn t witches care about the threat of nuclear war, or or ecological collapse Surely witches who grew up as Muggles, as Harry did, must have been aware of those dangers so why weren t they addressed The idea of two societies existing side by side, with one unknown to the other, has all sorts of interesting possibilitiesnone of which were addressed by Rowling.It s true that the issue of science vs magic has become a cliche in modern genre fiction But it certainly wasn t a cliche in 1959, when DotG was published.In Day of the Giants, the interaction of science and mythology is handled in a muchsatisfying way I am tempted to compare the relative page counts of DotG with the Harry Potter series, just for laughs del Rey s handling of the characters is never awkward or clumsy By the end of the book, I found myselfsatisfied than I ve been at the end of many a weightier tome.I suppose that there s no way that a 128 page novel is ever going to be reissued by a modern publisher, so Day of the Giants will remain a curiosity, only to be found in libraries and used book stores That s a pity, because it deserves a wider readership It s not a classic that will last for the ages, but it s a very well written, entertaining book that many modern genre writers would do well to emulate


  2. Mike Mike says:

    I ve really been enjoying Lester Del Rey s fiction lately He s a great writer, with great characters and very original ideas Day of the Giants is a short novel, and is borderline fantasy science fiction in that the fantasy elements are explained with intentionally vague pseudo science, or at least the intimation that there is some sort of scientific explanation that the narrator simply doesn t understand, although one might conclude the narrator s rationalism simply deludes him into this In I ve really been enjoying Lester Del Rey s fiction lately He s a great writer, with great characters and very original ideas Day of the Giants is a short novel, and is borderline fantasy science fiction in that the fantasy elements are explained with intentionally vague pseudo science, or at least the intimation that there is some sort of scientific explanation that the narrator simply doesn t understand, although one might conclude the narrator s rationalism simply deludes him into this In any event the book s cover with flying saucers prominently depicted in front of shadowy giants helps obscure whether this will be pure science fiction or science fantasy, and Del Rey is not terribly concerned about such distinctions.Ii is tempting to compare it to Poul Anderson s Norse fantasies, although Anderson is muchfaithful to the essential doom and gloom of Norse mythology Del Rey s story is a very American re imagining of the Norse myth of Ragnarok I call it an American version of the myth because Del Rey s narrator struggles with the pessimism and barbarism of the Norse mythos, and uses ingenuity and optimism to overturn the prophesies of doom It s rather like stitching a happy ending onto the epic of Gilgamesh, and yet somehow it works It shouldn t, of course It is a travesty But a fun one


  3. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Ian of sffbc says Lester del Rey developed a very interesting version of Loki in his short very short novel, The Day of the Giants 1959 , originally published in 1950 as the even shorter When the World Tottered And now that I ve read it, I agree with Ian I bet Neil Gaiman liked this when he was a kid Maybe Rick Riordan, too Del Rey might have liked Mark Twain s Connecticut Yankee, and another book that I can t recall right now about a modern guy who time travels to the past and uses h Ian of sffbc says Lester del Rey developed a very interesting version of Loki in his short very short novel, The Day of the Giants 1959 , originally published in 1950 as the even shorter When the World Tottered And now that I ve read it, I agree with Ian I bet Neil Gaiman liked this when he was a kid Maybe Rick Riordan, too Del Rey might have liked Mark Twain s Connecticut Yankee, and another book that I can t recall right now about a modern guy who time travels to the past and uses his talents to become a big shot, maybe in Italy, maybe a few hundred years ago, maybe written in the 1950s Anyway, this is quick and fun Nothing special, not worth recommending Sexism is pretty bad but not as bad as some of the Heinlein s that ppl persist in praising


  4. Steve Wiggins Steve Wiggins says:

    This was a piece of my childhood and it gets five stars for nostalgia alone It was a different experience reading it again as an adult, but there were scenes in this book that had stayed with me for decades In many ways a typical science fiction fantasy story, it came along about the same time as Thor comics and other popular interest in Norse mythology A fun escape More thoughts Sects and Violence in the Ancient World This was a piece of my childhood and it gets five stars for nostalgia alone It was a different experience reading it again as an adult, but there were scenes in this book that had stayed with me for decades In many ways a typical science fiction fantasy story, it came along about the same time as Thor comics and other popular interest in Norse mythology A fun escape More thoughts Sects and Violence in the Ancient World


  5. Lewis Szymanski Lewis Szymanski says:

    This is a mashup of science fiction and Norse mythology In 128 pages Lester Del Rey tells the story of how Ragnarok is thwarted by American twin brothers from the 20th century He assumes that the reader is already familiar with Norse mythology or is willing to go to the public library and do the research It is an exciting adventure story, worth reading if you can find it The romance parts are weird and creepy by 21st century standards.


  6. Chris Gager Chris Gager says:

    I read this last night as a break from reading Henry Green It s short and sweet, though the mad action of the conclusion and even before is a bit confusing at times The name Lester del Rey is well known among sci fi enthusiasts, particularly those of a certain age like me This book is Lester s re imagining of Ragnarok as if the Gods in Asgard and the Frost Giants we actually aliens linked to Earth via a Rainbow Bridge or something A couple of Earth twins Scandinavian of course get involv I read this last night as a break from reading Henry Green It s short and sweet, though the mad action of the conclusion and even before is a bit confusing at times The name Lester del Rey is well known among sci fi enthusiasts, particularly those of a certain age like me This book is Lester s re imagining of Ragnarok as if the Gods in Asgard and the Frost Giants we actually aliens linked to Earth via a Rainbow Bridge or something A couple of Earth twins Scandinavian of course get involved as the Gods Thor, etc seem to require their help There s plenty that s not really explained very clearly but it was a lot of fun to read Ironic that I inadvertently selected a Norse mythology sci fi tale shortly after reading TWO books about the Vikings The romantic stuff is a bit weird and off putting This is reminiscent of The World of Tiers More of that anachronistic smoking behavior Oh yeah, there is a strong suggestion that Heimdallr is a traitor but then this thread is abruptly and totally dropped Makes no sense The cover art seems to have very little to do with what s inside There are NO flying saucers in the story 2.75 rounds up to 3


  7. Leelan Leelan says:

    I found this book years ago in a used book store and have enjoyed it many times It is a short book but a good one, a SciFi retelling of Ragnarok, the last battle between Odin and Thor, and their enemies, the Giants By the time it wraps up I wish it was ten times longer It is a classic anachronistic adventure story where our hero, a modern man, gets caught up in what he thought were myths and legends but turn out to be all too real This book is a real page turner and I recommend it to all lov I found this book years ago in a used book store and have enjoyed it many times It is a short book but a good one, a SciFi retelling of Ragnarok, the last battle between Odin and Thor, and their enemies, the Giants By the time it wraps up I wish it was ten times longer It is a classic anachronistic adventure story where our hero, a modern man, gets caught up in what he thought were myths and legends but turn out to be all too real This book is a real page turner and I recommend it to all lovers of SciFi or Fantasy


  8. Chris Chris says:

    I read this book in my childhood All this talk of Ragnarok reminded me of it and I had to go find it Prior to this book I knew nothing of the Viking mythos This one is not heavy on it, but treats the world of the Norse Gods as a form of alternate universe that impacts our own Earth.As with most of the classic SF from the period it focusedon story telling than on hard science and told great stories


  9. lahvyndr lahvyndr says:

    The cover art was chosen inappropriately There are no flying saucers.There is no alien invasion, either, unless the residents of Asgard and Valhalla are to be considered aliens Poor, poor pigeonholed master del Rey.Nice apocalypse tale though, good for an evening s unwind.


  10. Linda Laettner Linda Laettner says:

    50 yrsI read this as a teen 50 yrs ago and been looking for a copy for at least 20 Some of the best juvi sci fri.


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Day of the Giants ❴KINDLE❵ ✽ Day of the Giants Author Lester del Rey – Thomashillier.co.uk Battle of the giants Leif Svensen s neighbor, come to warn him that the farmers were going to take violent action against his dog for killing their livestock, mentioned that he d seen an angel the nig Battle of the giants Leif Svensen s neighbor, come to warn Day of PDF or him that the farmers were going to take violent action against his dog for killing their livestock, mentioned that he d seen an angel the night before Big blonde woman on a white horse, singing loud enough to raise the dead, about a hundred feet up in the air Then, on his way to find his madcap twin, Leif met the stranger who knew his name and who spoke of the Fimbulwinter already upon us Fimbulwinter The dreadful winter that in Norse mythology preceded Ragnarok the final war between the gods and the giants Fimbulwinter which presaged the Day of the GiantsLeif Svensen and his brother were caught up in the destinies of a real but alien world For if the giants triumphed, they would overrun Earth and if the Aesir the gods won, Earth would be their footstool.

    Day of the Giants PDF ↠ Day of PDF or the night before Big blonde woman on a white horse, singing loud enough to raise the dead, about a hundred feet up in the air Then, on his way to find his madcap twin, Leif met the stranger who knew his name and who spoke of the Fimbulwinter already upon us Fimbulwinter The dreadful winter that in Norse mythology preceded Ragnarok the final war between the gods and the giants Fimbulwinter which presaged the Day of the GiantsLeif Svensen and his brother were caught up in the destinies of a real but alien world For if the giants triumphed, they would overrun Earth and if the Aesir the gods won, Earth would be their footstool."/>
  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Day of the Giants
  • Lester del Rey
  • English
  • 14 November 2019

About the Author: Lester del Rey

Lester del Rey was an American science fiction author and editor Day of PDF or Del Rey is especially famous for his juvenile novels such as those which are part of the Winston Science Fiction series, and for Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction branch of Ballantine Books edited by Lester del Rey and his fourth wife Judy Lynn del Reyaka Philip St Johnaka Eric van Lihnaka Erik van Lhinaka Kenneth Wrightaka Edson McCann with Frederik Pohl.