this was a really good book...I am going to be as gentle about this as possible...I am not a homophobe, but parts of this book were...uncomfortable. The main character was a self-absorbed 'twink' and despite that I read thru this in 2 days. There are finnish mythology passages scattered throughout and all of the chapters are labelled with the name of the person who's p.o.v. is being presented...not what you would call 'standard'. For anyone who has ever brought in a stray broken animal...this book will touch you. Highly reccomended.