Publications

Since 2007, I have contributed literary reviews, literature and culture articles, and blog posts to a variety of online and print publications including The L Magazine (a biweekly local NYC magazine), Three Percent (literature in translation), The Reykjavík Grapevine, Iceland Review (both English-language publications in Iceland),  The Second Pass (reviews of both forthcoming and previously published literature and nonfiction), Reviewing the Evidence (crime and mystery fiction), and Gently Read Literature (essays and criticism of contemporary poetry and literature). These reviews are archived on this blog along with links to the articles on the original sites, when they are available. A complete list of my published articles and reviews is below.

My reviews primarily focus on international crime fiction and literature in (English) translation–particularly from Nordic countries, and more particularly, from Iceland and Denmark. However, I enjoy reading widely and spontaneously and am also interested in children’s and young adult novels, contemporary North American fiction, short stories, and various modes of genre fiction.

I currently live in Reykjavík, Iceland and am available to contribute freelance reviews and articles to American and/or European publications and websites: contact me at ethandthorn@gmail.com.

Fiction / Narrative Non-Fiction  (Creative Publications)

2013

  • “Why I Want to Go to Housewife School,” BlogHer, April 11, 2013. http://goo.gl/AXBni
  • “Onwards with the Butter!” Remedy Quarterly, Issue No. 12: Risk. March 21, 2012. http://goo.gl/Np2r1
  • “Finding Home: Unpacking My Library in Iceland,” BlogHer, February 22, 2013. http://goo.gl/H2asL

2012

  • Participant in GalleyCat‘s 2012 Literary Remix Contest, contributing a rewritten, re-styled page of the Victorian vampire novel Varney the Vampire. (Page titled “Western Union Varnegram.” Whole remixed book published December 19, 2012, and made available for free download via Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266802)

Articles / Published Blog Posts (Non-Book Reviews)

2013

  • “Speed Dating at Café Lingua: Putting a Face to the Many Languages and Cultures of Reykjavík.” The Reykjavík Grapevine, issue 2, February 1, 2013. (http://goo.gl/j3uwQ)

2012

  • “PEN World Voices 2012: Stalking the Exotic Author at the Westbeth Literary Safari.” The L Magazine, May 8, 2012. http://goo.gl/zZm2C
  • “PEN World Voices 2012: Daniel Kehlmann is Famous.” The L Magazine, May 4, 2012. http://goo.gl/EF2y8
  • “PEN World Voices 2012: Eugène Nicole Loves Proust and Lila Azam Zanganeh Loves Nabokov.” The L Magazine, May 4, 2012. http://goo.gl/VGvb8
  • “Why This Book Should Win the Best Translated Book Award: Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? by Johan Harstad.” Three Percent, March 29, 2012. http://goo.gl/NCbxT

2011

  • “PEN World Voices Festival: Meet Ludovic Debeurme and Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold.” The L Magazine, April 27, 2011. http://goo.gl/uHzpH
  • “PEN World Voices: ‘There’s Just Too Many Books.’ The L Magazine, April 28, 2011. http://goo.gl/pwm1d
  • “PEN World Voices: New Fiction and Apartment Envy in Westbeth.” The L Magazine, May 2, 2011. http://goo.gl/Jg7M7

2010

  • Review of Män som hatar kvinnor (American title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dir. Niels Arden Oplev, March 2010. The L Magazine, March 17, 2010.  http://goo.gl/cBdxR

2009

  • “Why Scandinavians Really Write the Best Crime Fiction.” The L Magazine, July 17, 2009. http://goo.gl/BPJB1


Book Reviews

2013

  • Review of LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason, trans. Victoria Cribb. Three Percent, April 11, 2013. http://goo.gl/3Rv49
  • Review of Reply to a Letter from Helga by Bergsveinn Birgisson, trans. Philip Roughton. The Reykjavík Grapevine, March 1, 2013. http://goo.gl/l0bw0

2012

  • Review of The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Ólafsdottir, trans. Brian FitzGibbon. Iceland Review, December 10, 2012. http://goo.gl/1uJoO
  • Review of Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings, in a translation by the author. The Reykjavík Grapevine, December 7, 2012. http://goo.gl/dDU7G
  • Review of It’s Fine By Me by Per Petterson, translated by Don Bartlett. Three Percent, October 16, 2012. http://goo.gl/sZi7I
  • Review of The Canvas by Benjamin Stein, translated by Brian Zumhagen. The L Magazine, October 10, 2012. http://goo.gl/xTEQW
  • Review of The Brummstein by Peter Adolphsen, translated by Charlotte Barslund. Three Percent. May 23, 2012. http://goo.gl/H4iB2
  • Review of The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning, by Hallgrímur Helgason. Three Percent. May 21, 2012. http://goo.gl/xS9KA
  • Review of Copenhagen Noir, edited by Bo Tao Michaëlis, trans. Mark Kline (one Swedish translation by Lone Thygesen Blecher). Three Percent. May 7, 2012. http://goo.gl/o5dIr
  • Review of Amsterdam Stories by Nescio, Trans. Damion Searls. The L Magazine. March 28, 2012. http://goo.gl/MibaJ
  • Review of Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz. Reviewing the Evidence. March 17, 2012. http://goo.gl/W8do3
  • Review of The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning, by Hallgrímur Helgason. The L Magazine. March 14, 2012. http://goo.gl/kZikK
  • Review of Call Me Princess, by Sara Blaedel, trans. Erik J. Macki and Tara F. Chance. Reviewing the Evidence. January 22, 2012. http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=9068

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