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A quirky, inventive alternate history written in the style of a fun, funky, pop culture television documentary, The Bear Cavalry, features host, Robin Prufrock, as he travels the world, telling the story of how the Vikings in Iceland domesticated bears for meat and as draft animals, and how the Scandinavian Bear Cavalry eventually evolved to become the most fearsome fighti A quirky, inventive alternate history written in the style of a fun, funky, pop culture television documentary, The Bear Cavalry, features host, Robin Prufrock, as he travels the world, telling the story of how the Vikings in Iceland domesticated bears for meat and as draft animals, and how the Scandinavian Bear Cavalry eventually evolved to become the most fearsome fighting unit in the Medieval world, along the way are entertaining detours into biology, evolutionary history, the Viking era, Medieval monarchs behaving badly, and the role of Bears in movies, art and culture in this world. BONUS STORY: The Sharebear Apocalypse, they're cute, they're cuddly, all they want to do is hug you, and they may be the end of civilisation.


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A quirky, inventive alternate history written in the style of a fun, funky, pop culture television documentary, The Bear Cavalry, features host, Robin Prufrock, as he travels the world, telling the story of how the Vikings in Iceland domesticated bears for meat and as draft animals, and how the Scandinavian Bear Cavalry eventually evolved to become the most fearsome fighti A quirky, inventive alternate history written in the style of a fun, funky, pop culture television documentary, The Bear Cavalry, features host, Robin Prufrock, as he travels the world, telling the story of how the Vikings in Iceland domesticated bears for meat and as draft animals, and how the Scandinavian Bear Cavalry eventually evolved to become the most fearsome fighting unit in the Medieval world, along the way are entertaining detours into biology, evolutionary history, the Viking era, Medieval monarchs behaving badly, and the role of Bears in movies, art and culture in this world. BONUS STORY: The Sharebear Apocalypse, they're cute, they're cuddly, all they want to do is hug you, and they may be the end of civilisation.

9 review for The Bear Cavalry: The True (Not!) History of the Icelandic Bears

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Garrett

    *I was assigned this book in SPFBO 2020* I must admit, when I saw this on my list I did a double-take. Wait, what is this, now? And props to the author. The structure is unique and the whole idea had me scratching my head, trying to figure out exactly what genre this book fell in. Unfortunately, I don't think it fits in a fantasy competition. This story is structured like a documentary. It reads more like a script than a story, and I had a hard time getting used to it. The frequent changes from n *I was assigned this book in SPFBO 2020* I must admit, when I saw this on my list I did a double-take. Wait, what is this, now? And props to the author. The structure is unique and the whole idea had me scratching my head, trying to figure out exactly what genre this book fell in. Unfortunately, I don't think it fits in a fantasy competition. This story is structured like a documentary. It reads more like a script than a story, and I had a hard time getting used to it. The frequent changes from narrator to interviewer to inserting off screen comments was hard to follow. I eventually got more used to it, but once I hit 22% I DNF'd it. This story, although unique, is not fantasy. It is alternate history, and I tried to give it enough time (1/5th of the book) to reveal it's fantasy elements, but there were none. I know that fantasy is subjective in a lot of ways. One person would call it fantasy, another this, another that. This story had no magic, no plotline, and was basically a rehashing of history that never happened. Now, that's not to say the idea isn't intriguing. I just really wish the author had written it as a fantasy book. I mean, c'mon! Icelandic tribe with a heavy influence of magic bears? Sign me up. Total bad-ass idea.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Flash Man

    Do you like alternate history? Do you like realistic worldbuilding? Do you like the works of Jared Diamond, or studies on animal domestication? Do you like the documentary film making of Morgan Spurlock? What I'm getting at here is that there is something for everyone in "The Bear Cavalry." Presented through the extremely endearing and funny framework of a faux-documentary, this book is extremely well researched and manages to make something as seemingly absurd as bear cavalry feel as though it's Do you like alternate history? Do you like realistic worldbuilding? Do you like the works of Jared Diamond, or studies on animal domestication? Do you like the documentary film making of Morgan Spurlock? What I'm getting at here is that there is something for everyone in "The Bear Cavalry." Presented through the extremely endearing and funny framework of a faux-documentary, this book is extremely well researched and manages to make something as seemingly absurd as bear cavalry feel as though it's real. You might just find yourself looking up little things to see if they're real, and sometimes they will be, but more often than not it just stands as a testament to the author's amazing ability to make the absurd seem rational through good research and good writing. Sci fi fan, history fan, zoology fan, fantasy fan, economics fan, and many more - this ebook is well worth a couple of bucks. And I don't want to say too much about the little bonus story - it's similarly delightful, except instead of just having you fascinated and chucking, this one will have you shifting between having your mouth agape with horror and cackling like a lunatic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joan Havelange

    This quirky story was a delight to read. I had no idea where This story would take me. I’m glad I found out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SPFBO6

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elise

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Riggs

  8. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Rese

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

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