Skater in a Strange Land (Borschland Hockey Chronicles, #1)

Skater in a Strange Land (Borschland Hockey Chronicles, #1) 24 Year Old Sherman Reinhardt Dreams Of Playing Ice Hockey Professionally, But His Career At A Backwater Minnesota College Disappoints Until His Doctored Resume Convinces A Team Owner That He S Good Enough To Play In The Mythical Borschland Hockey League Borschland Is A Place Time Never Discovered, On A Continent That Shifts Between Our Universe And Another Here The Locals Drive Horse Drawn Carriages And Fly In Helium Buoyed Airships, But Everyone Is Mad About Hockey Sherm Is Welcomed As Visiting Royalty And Beyond All Expectations Leads His Team Towards A Championship Even Better, He Wins The Admiration Of The Hypnotic, Headstrong Poetess Rachael Martujns But Then A Shadowy Friend, The Upright Bear, Linus Black, Jr., Claims Sherm S Success Is A Sham Higher Ups Are Ordering Opponents To Let Him Succeed What S Going On Is Rachael Faking It, Too Is It Time To Wake From The Dream Finding The Truth Becomes Sherm S Ultimate Goal. At first I was not sure what to make of David Frauenfelder s Skater in a Strange Land I was attracted by the slightly zany description US ice hockey player takes job in an island that is only sometimes accessible by air or sea, and in between times is off somewhere in another dimension But then sober moments took over, and I started to wonder at my purchase decision I know nothing at all about ice hockey, except that like all sports it uses a unique and arcane vocabulary I wasn t very sure how the business with the phase shifting would work out And the inhabitants of said land Borschland seemed a bizarre mix of American sportsmen who spoke like Europeans largely Dutch, I think , a church that seemed reminiscent of the Amish, and a whole bunch of talking animals Could I cope The story took a little while to warm up, as the main character was introduced to all of these different facets of Borschland And there were a couple of kindle formatting slips early on which threw me slightly for example, parts of sentences were accidentally omitted as early as the third chapter, though things improved t
This author employs a unique writing style that keeps you engaged and moving forwards The story is told in a very straightforward manner through the eyes of the main character which not only draws you further into the story but allows you to see the world from that particular POV Not only was this story well put together but it was also interesting and extremely unique Being Canadian, hockey is hockey, but Frauenfelder gives it a definite twist here By combining the fantasy genre with contemporary fiction the author created a novel that definitely stands out I got a good couple of giggles throughout and found myself wondering what I d do in the characters place.The characters in this story spanned a vast array of species and races It was interesting to see them all interact in such different manners I appreciate the way that Frauenfelder uses varying degrees of character development based on the characters roles within the novel itself It leads to a cast that you get to know on pa
As a huge hockey fan, and someone who enjoys urban fantasies, I had high expectations for this book And I did end up enjoying it The idea of a regular hockey player becoming a superstar and living a fairy tale kind of life was very interesting However, there were some issues I wasn t sure that there needed to be perspectives from Kadmus Those chapters felt as if they slowed th
Frauenfelder has created a tantalizing parallel world rich in humor, quaint without preciousness, often sentimental but never mawkish Along with the gorgeous details of food and festivals and sports and literature, l adore notion that a society could choose a slower, gentler way of life without doing it out of religiosity He has made his protagonists characters loving and convincing Their courtship is comforting in its whol
I ve decided I d like to try living in Borschland.There, the only vice is hockey the snow falls beautifully and people eat heartily and poets get paid The police don t carry guns I think this American would like to take her chances there and even risk a phase shift that keeps me there for many seasons.Fantasy novels are not my usual cup of tea I find even the great Tolkien tedious with his detailed descriptions of landscapes What Frauenfelder does so well is give you just the right detail to cast the scene, and then your mind opens up to fill in the rest His details are robust and resonant without impeding the momentum The story clips along, and I found it very engaging.I like the three different points of view, in particular Rachael s Sherm is such a pragmatist and kind of a doofus, but a likeable hero at the end of each scene He s resilient Rachael is a poetess with elegance and grit My favorite scene involves an airship, a drunk pilot, and an enterprising Rachael And I found myself surprisingly tolerant of upright bears as legitimate political conspirators When I first heard there would be t
I really enjoy reading fantasy novels and I also enjoy reading books about sports For this hockey starved fan D.W Frauenfelder s Skater in a Strange Land was like a dream come true Skater in a Strange Land , apart from the talking bears, foxes, phase shifts and the like could actually be written about any average athlete with dreams of playing in the big time Sherm leaving home to travel to Borschland in order to further his career is a journey many of us has taken and I felt a certain kinship with him.Skater in a Strange Land is a well written exciting literary journey through the fantasy world of Borschland It has drama, espionage, romance and most of all a realistic portrayal of a average American hockey player becoming a hero in a world many didn t even know existed Frauenfelder was spot on with the vernacular of a pro hockey player and his description of the hockey games in Borschland made me feel like I was actually watching the game in real life.While I ve decided to give the NHL a pass this season I found an amazing replacement and I can t wait for the sequel I highly recommend Skater in a Strange Land D.W Frauenfelder was a guest on The Writers Showcase Podcast and you can listen to that program here Fraunfelder also joined me on my syndicated sports program and you can listen to that interview I received a complimentary copy of Skater in a Strange Land for review purposes only Never was I asked to write a fa
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  • Paperback
  • 251 pages
  • Skater in a Strange Land (Borschland Hockey Chronicles, #1)
  • D.W. Frauenfelder
  • English
  • 25 July 2017
  • 9780988565609