Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 7. February 2017
Paperback, 281 pages
Genre: Mythology | Short Stories | Fiction
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.
◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
Another book by Neil Gaiman that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not my favourite of his books that I have read so far, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Before reading this book I had no knowledge of the Norse mythology, so I found it very interesting to read Gaiman’s version of the myths.
Neil Gaiman has a way of writing stories that simply sucks me in immediately and I can’t put his books down. And this book was no exception to that. I was a bit worried going into this book, as I had never previously read any of his short stories
(and in general I don’t tend to read that many short stories). My worries turned out to be unnecessary, as I ended up enjoying all of his stories – obviously some more than the others.
In his short stories Gaiman gives us an overview of Norse mythology and some of it’s stories/legends. First he gives us an introduction to the three main gods
(or the ones that are present the most), Odin, Thor and Loki. Then he proceeds to tell us how everything was created and about Yggdrasil and the nine worlds. That is followed by some stories about the gods and their adventures. There were 16 stories in total.
I enjoyed most of the stories. Some aspects were really gross and weird, but I find that to be the usual when it comes to mythology. I simply loved learning more about Norse mythology, as I had previously know nothing about it. And yes, I would recommend this book to everyone!
(Especially if you are interested in mythologies.)