Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Release Date: 7th February 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology & Short Stories

Read:  April 2018

Rating: ★★★★★

Brief Description:
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.

I have to start off by saying how much I adored each short story that was included in this anthology, it is definitely one of the best short story collection I have ever read! It didn’t even feel like I was reading short stories (which I am not the biggest fan of) as all of them flowed and felt like they were all interconnected, which basically they were so read them in the order the author listed them in.

Something you should know about me, I have been fascinated by Norse Mythology ever since I was little. Anyone ever mentioned Thor, Loki or Vikings and I was basically jumping up and down with joy – nothing could make me feel better than myths, legends and even retellings. I know this book has been out for over a year now and it did take me awhile to actually picked it up and read it but I am still so happy I eventually picked it up as I definitely learned so much about the Norse myths and more about their Gods and Goddesses. I didn’t even know how much of a significance the other types of creatures, like elves, giants and others, had on the Gods and Goddess. Like I finally know how and when Thor received his hammer and why the hammer was disproportionate to other hammers. Loki was definitely the most interesting character to learn about as damn he is sneaky and such a trouble-maker. Plus that last story definitely got me thinking if Marvel is going to take into account what Ragnarok actually is and what it is going to lead to. It did make me sad reading about it but at the same time it makes sense as everything, even the old ways, have to die and then be reborn.

I do with we got to see more of the Goddesses as I found myself wanting to know more about them and their stories but I have read somewhere that it is hard finding out the myths and legends behind Goddesses as the scripts have been either lost over the centuries or destroyed.

If you have any interest in Norse Mythology or Mythology or just want to pick this book up then don’t hesitate anymore as it has for sure become a favourite of mine and I have a feeling it might become a favourite of yours too.

See you in my next post 🙂


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