Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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I have been waiting since its release to get my hands on a copy of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. At Christmas, I decided to purchase myself a copy. I’m happy I did.

I’m certain that Neil Gaiman can write anything. He is one of those authors that isn’t held down by the chains of genre. That is one of many things I love about his work. Honestly, there has only ever been one or two books that he has published that I didn’t enjoy. In truth, if Neil Gaiman wrote “dirt” in the sand, I’d read it happily.

I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of the myths. I simply find them cool as hell and always interesting. Without a doubt this retelling by Neil Gaiman is irresistible. Once you start, I doubt you’ll be able to stop. These stories show humor, sadness, brutality, and kindness. All the things I imagine gods would be. Gaiman has made the gods likable and hateable. He’s given them personalities, which I never really imagined them having outside of Marvel. I love that. In this retelling, the Gods are not stiff and untouchable. I love that more.

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T I T L E: Norse Mythology

A U T H O R: Neil Gaiman

P U B L I S H • D A T E : February 7, 2017 

P U B L I S H E R: W. W. Norton & Company

I S B N: 9780393609097

Fantasy, Mythology


Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.


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