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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman || Book Review

Neil GaimanTitle: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: 7. February 2017

Edition: Bloomsbury

                Paperback, 281 pages

Genre: Mythology | Short Stories | Fiction

Summary:

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.

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◄ 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.)


Have you read Norse Mythology? What did you think of this book?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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26 thoughts on “Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman || Book Review

    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed it as well! I liked many of the stories, a few of my favourites are: Freya’s Unusual Wedding, The Story of Gerd and Frey and The Apples of Immortality. What were your favourites?

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      1. I loved the Apples of Immortality as well lol. I think my favorite story had to be the one about Loki chopping off Thor’s wife’s hair however. I loved the ending of the final story as well. It was an excellent conclusion to a great collection of stories. I hope Gaiman tackles other myths as well. I know it might be a stretch, but I’m hoping he might do a book on Irish mythology one day. They have a really interesting mythos that not many people have taken a pen to.

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        1. The last story was definitely amazing, it was an excellent conclusion. And I agree, Neil Gaiman definitely should write about other mythologies as well! Irish mythology would definitely be very interesting, especially since I don’t know any books that have this mythology in them (and in general I don’t know anything about Irish mythology).

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  1. Ah I’m so glad this was good and sucked you in!! I’ve also not read his short stories yet and have seen mixed reviews, so I’ve been slow to pick it up- but I’m really pleased to hear it’s good! And yes, I totally get that about mythology being a bit weird and gross 😉

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    1. Yes, I had heard mixed things about this one as well. But I’m very happy that I was one of those who enjoyed this book! 😀 I hope you enjoy it as well when you decide to read it. Haha, that almost seems to be an essential part of every mythology! 😉

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  2. Great review for this book Anna, I definitely want to move it up my to-read list after featuring it as my Standalone Sunday post and now reading your review for Norse Mythology. It sounds really good and while I’m not expecting it to live up to some of Neil Gaiman’s earlier books I loved, honestly I’m not sure anything can, I’m sure this one will be brilliant in its own way. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you Beth! 😀 It was definitely really good and I can only recommend it. I think I enjoyed some other of his books more because I love the way he creates unique worlds. It’s really hard to top some of the other books that I have read by him! Plus, I’m not that big into short story collections, so that might have to do something with it. Still it was an amazing book and I’m very happy that I read it! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, when you get around to it! ❤

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      1. That’s all right! And actually that’s a good point to make, Norse Mythology will be the first book I’ve read by him that doesn’t involve a whole new world being created, and honestly I’m not that big on short stories either. Still it’s Neil Gaiman, I can’t not read this. 🙂
        Thanks Anna, I hope so too. ❤

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  3. I haven’t read this one yet but I do have it on my TBR. The only book I’ve read of Gaiman so far was Good Omens, and that was a collab with Pratchett so I’m not sure I got the feel of his writing right.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this so much! Mythologies fascinate me, but yeah, they’re not the prettiest of tales hahaha
    Wonderful review!

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    1. I can really recommend this book, it was really good! 🙂 I want to read Good Omens so much! I have heard amazing things about it, plus I enjoy both Gaiman’s and Pratchett’s writing – so I should probably enjoy that book a lot.
      Mythologies are very fascinating and I love reading about them, they are always so interesting. Hahaha, they definitely aren’t the prettiest stories though!
      Thank you! 🙂

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  4. This book is on my short to-read list. I’m currently listening to American Gods. As a former Religious Studies major, these few books by Gaiman have really piqued my interest.

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