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  • inspiring warm cup of tea read...

    I found when we were Vikings to be a likable, accessible read. Not strictly a page turner, but not written to be one, instead a well-written, character-based, at times exciting, novel which I think did not only a good job of getting into the protagonist head, as a first-person narrative, but also demonstrated some excellent character arcs. That it was compared in its summary to the mystery the dog in the nighttime, is apt, though if you could only read one I would read the latter, which earned a firm five-stars... Nonetheless, this is a good book and a solid achievement.

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    8 person found this review helpful

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  • Funny, heartwarming and charming

    This book was an unexpected find and turned out to be real gem. Funny, yet powerful. A protagonist with a truly unique voice. Layers of context and meaning (what do Vikings, gang bangers and fetal alcohol syndrome have to do with each other?), all artfully woven together into a unique and heart warming story about a brother and sister's love and struggles.

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    7 person found this review helpful

    7 people found this review helpful

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I couldn't put this book down!

    I've read so many TERRIFIC books lately that I must sound like a broken record. I struggle to find the right word for this book. When We Were Vikings was so good I can hardly stand it. I truly couldn't put it down and had to force myself to stop each night to get some sleep because, otherwise, I'd have read it straight through in one sitting. I really did not want to stop!! I work all day, then read all night and I didn't feel tired at all! I just wanted to keep reading! And keep in mind that this is a DEBUT!! Holy Cow! I can't wait to see what Andrew David MacDonald publishes next, and I hope it's soon! I cannot find a single flaw with this book. I loved every lovable character and loathed every loathsome one. I think I loved Zelda more than any character in any book I've every read. For an author to create a character with a disability like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome could not have been easy, and I don't really know if he was spot on or not. But I do know that the character was WONDERFUL and I could read 10 more books about her and still not get enough! (hint, hint, Mr. MacDonald ... a sequel would be tremendous!) When We Were Vikings was a thoroughly engaging novel. The underlying 'good vs. evil' story line wasn't sappy in the least. It was perfect. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was sincerely one of the best things I've read in 60+ years of life. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading another by Andrew David MacDonald. ALL the stars in the world for this one!!

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  • Such an amazing book

    a great book. I usually read mystery books but was looking for something different. Enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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  • Well written & educational

    I liked this story and found it different from what I was expecting. It took a bit to get into it but once there I wanted to keep learning more about our heroine. Zelda was a marvel and gave me a greater insight into people with mental disabilities, in this case -a fetal alcohol syndrome survivor. I applauded her fierce determination and loved her achievement of independence.

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