meet THE Author
Jeff Janoda was a teacher in Canada for thirty years, and now devotes his time to writing and volunteering at historical sites in the Toronto area. He has published several science fiction short stories. He has an enduring and fervent interest in history.
“What comes before has shaped who we are now”.
“SAGA: A NOVEL OF MEDIEVAL ICELAND” (Chicago Review Press 2008), his first novel, came out of his interest in the Norse people. During his research into the Icelandic sagas, he discovered Professor Jesse Byock’s profoundly important work, “VIKING AGE ICELAND” (Penguin UK, 2001) where he first read of the struggle between Arnkel and Snorri for the Crowness forest and felt compelled to tell that tale in novelized form.
Library Journal said that the novel was “A masterful retelling of an Icelandic saga. Janoda’s rendering of the physical and intellectual landscape is effortless. Highly recommended.”
The Times Literary Supplement said that “Janoda’s book is a model of how to turn a saga into a novel.”
Tom Shippey, a noted authority on Norse mythology and culture and author of “The Road to Middle Earth”, said that the book was “As focused as Jane Austen, as macabre as Steven King. A brilliant blend of scholarship and insight.”
This retelling of the ancient Saga of the People of Eyri is a modern classic. Absolutely gripping and compulsively readable, Saga tells the story of a bitter and bloody feud in 10th century Iceland, and puts a face on history that is recognizable to all
“A brilliant blend of scholarship and insight”
–Thomas Shippey, author of J.R.R Tolkien: Author of the Century.
“Debut novelist Janoda paints a richly textured portrait of Icelandic culture…..a gripping recreation of an ancient genre.”
“Janoda’s rendering of the physical and intellectual landscape is effortless. One hopes that this excellent piece of historical fiction will find a wider audience than its esoteric subject matter might suggest. Highly recommended”
–Library Journal (Wendt Bethel)
Two young German fighter pilots thrown into battle over the carnage of the Battle of Stalingrad must learn the way of war quickly in order to survive. In the end, their bond saves them both. Sundog is a story of friendship, sacrifice and the horror of war
“Sundog is a truly ripping yarn, a tale of derring-do for adults, told with psychological depth and consistency.”
–The Varnished Culture (Lesley Jacobsen)
“An ambitious historical novel set on the Eastern Front in WWII. Military history buffs will relish the opportunity to spend time in a fully realized WWII environment.”
“Janoda paints a richly textured portrait of Icelandic culture… a gripping re-creation of an ancient genre.”
– Kirkus Reviews