Thursday Tea (June 3): Runemarks

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The book: I’m somewhere in the middle of Joanne Harris’ Runemarks, a YA fantasy with Anglo-Saxon mythology and a firecracker of a protagonist. It’s really fun, although Maddy is driving me insane at the moment because she keeps doing things without thinking things through– but that seems to be a trait of all Saxon mythological characters, especially the sort who go out on quests and stuff. So. Yeah.

Loki’s in Runemarks, of course, and I was surprised at how sympathetic he is in this book. I’m used to a Loki who’s more cruel– in a micheveious way, of course– like the Loki in American Gods or Summerland. But the Loki in Runemarks is much more…human? I guess, and though he’s constantly tricking people into doing stuff (or not doing stuff) and you can’t really trust him and I’m SURE he’s going to do something horrible later on, I can’t help but empathize with him because he’s got EMOTIONS. Like, he’s scared of dying and doesn’t want to, and so that motivates his trickery. The other Lokis seemed to be more about gaining power over everyone else, not simple preservation.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to writing my review for Runemarks. It’ll probably be eons long, but I’ll enjoy doing it!

The tea: Well, I made the blood orange tea, but I think it’s gotten weaker after sitting in my cupboard for over a year. Horrors! I’ll have to use more leaves next time, I guess, because it’s definitely not as strong as I want it to be. Though it is still delicious.

Do they go together? Only in the sense that Runemarks is set in England and tea is one of the things associated with the same! I don’t think any of the characters drank tea, and even the England in Runemarks isn’t the England of today; it’s much more like an AU of what England would have been like if the Vikings stayed all Viking-y instead of becoming more Anglo-y. Kind of.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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  1. I was rereading The Eight Days of Luke this week, and I felt slightly nonplussed by how comparatively lovable the Loki character is in that too. I love the weird ideas relationship that Neil Gaiman has with Diana Wynne Jones’s books.

  2. Yay I’m really glad to hear that Runemarks is good. I was a bit worried about Harris making the jump to YA (but bught the book anyway because I am a huge fan).

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