Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Series: -  Published: February 7th 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 304 • Format: E-book • Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Short Stories
Status: read from July 16 to July 19, 2017
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Rating: 2/5 stars



First sentence: “Many gods and goddesses are named in Norse mythology.”

I was a little disappointed with Norse Mythology, even though I read it with no expectations whatsoever. It was my second book by Neil Gaiman (I read Coraline last year). I don't really know what to make of my thoughts on this book, but I can at least say that Norse Mythology wasn't my cup of tea (but I can see that a lot of people loved it, so give it a try!). I can't put my finger on what it was that I didn't like, but I suppose it was the "oldish" writing style and the short story format (I'm not the biggest short story fan). I don't remember Gaiman's writing like this from reading Coraline, but that's possibly because the two books are as different as two books can be.

Also, I was confused by the similar character names, places and to be honest, at times I just wished for the book to be over (mainly because I wasn't attached to the story). But, I'll admit, I am impressed by Gaiman's informative writing and that he seems to be able to write books in every single genre. I will still probably read other books by Gaiman (I'm interested in some of them) in the future.


17927395Gaiman 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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