Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book Review

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman
Mythology, Fantasy

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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.

What I thought
This was the first pick for my work book club.

Neil Gaiman has pulled together 15 tales from Norse Mythology in this retelling. I want to start by saying that this is definitely not for young children some of the writing is graphic.

This was my first introduction into this branch of Mythology and I loved it. I grew up learning about the Greek and Roman Gods who by all accounts are very tame compared to the Norse Gods. I loved the writing and the ways the stories flowed. I was surprised that of the 15 tales in this story there was only one that I did not like. I plan on diving deeper into Norse Mythology as a result of reading this.

My Rating: /5

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