Rating: 5/5 owl hoots
Published: February 7 2017
Number of pages: 283
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company
Genre: fantasy, retellng, mystery, romance, comedy
Audience: older adult
Get it at: Chapters Indigo
Shelve it at: Goodreads
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology and here, he stays true to the myths on envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin the All-Father, wise, daring and father to Thor, incredibly strong but not the wisest of gods. Loki, son of the giant and blood brother to Odin and a trickster and manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the legend of the nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman to steal it back. But can he succeed without his beard and immense appetite to give him away? More poignant is the tale of Kvasir in which his blood is turned into mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.
Through Gaiman’s witty prose emerge these gods with their fierce competitive natures and their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making theses ancient myths breathe life again.
Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors sitting close to Victoria Schwab. Never have I ever been disappointed by any of his books, well there are some of his short stories that didn’t appeal to me but his novels did. So when Neil Gaiman comes out with a new book based on mythology, I immediately buy it. As a fan of Norse mythology (myself included) it didn’t surprise me that he decided to come out with this collection; he did write American Gods (now turned into a TV series) and is still one of the most weird and bizarre story I’ve read. Continue reading “Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman”