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In "Norse Mythology", Neil Gaiman retells the Norse stories about the forming of the world, the creation of Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds, how Odin lost his eye, how the gods got their treasures, Loki’s children, Thor’s journey to the land of the giants, the death of Balder, Ragnarok, and more. Gaiman previously adapted the Norse stories in some of his other works, like "American Gods" and "The Sandman" comics, but here he tells the stories in their own setting. Like any storyteller, he’s updated the language a bit, except where older vernacular adds weight, and focuses on certain elements over others, but the major points of the stories hold true. Gaiman’s update demonstrates why these stories remain relevant and continue to enthrall us. Fans of Thor, Odin, and Loki will find plenty to enjoy and younger readers wanting to know more about the characters they read about in comics or see in movies, much like Gaiman first learned of Thor from Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s stories, will learn to love the original tales from this retelling. Based on his previous work, Gaiman appears to have been working toward this for awhile and he doesn’t disappoint. Check it out!
Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of February 2017: Neil Gaiman putting his own fingerprints on the Norse myths? Cue the hyperventilation of delighted readers. That reaction is genuinely earned in this tight retelling, as Gaiman darts between a Tolkienesque tone in the epic origin stories and his own bright wit in the tales centering on the adventures of Thor, Loki, and Odin. Those new to Norse mythology might be astonished by how bizarre some details are. (For example, the ship made of the fingernails and toenails of the dead might make you wonder how much the Vikings genuinely enjoying sailing.) The doomsday of Ragnarok will cause a jolt of disquiet among those who are used to Hollywood endings, and Thor himself will be a surprise for those who are familiar with Hollywood Thor—but those surprises are often where the fun lies. Fans more well-versed in Norse myths should still appreciate the humor and spark that Gaiman infuses into the stories he has selected to retell, adding to the existing rich literature. Many who read Norse Mythology will make this volume their joyful leaping-off point into a strange and mesmerizing world of gods, giants, undead goats, betrayals, a slanderous squirrel, elves, dwarves, and Valkyries. And don’t forget that ship made of the finger- and toenails of the dead. —Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is no doubt that Gaiman is a very accomplished writer. Everything flows beautifully from chapter to chapter (from tale to tale) and there is so much wit that one is constantly chuckingas the Gods appear (just like us) unable to foresee the pandemonium their actions will eventually bring. I especially loved when Odin decides he needs a really big wall. One feels almost guilty to offer any criticism for a work so well conceivedbut here it goes. I longed for greater exploration of character, for more inner psychological perspectives, and for gentleness and moments of love to counter all the greed and violence. Here is where Wagner in his operas proves superiorfor when he deals with the Germanic Gods, he juxtaposes a deeper emotional universe with all the catastrophes that unchecked power brings. And even though Wagner goes overboard (after all he is the ultimate romantic), his treatment brings out the real tragedy of events. Gaiman at times reads like a good synopsis of a greater work which is almost in his grasp. -Read Reviews-
I bought this book right when it released at midnight and being hard to put down, I read it completely through the night. It was a fairly quick read but very enjoyable. As I recently read my first novel by Gaiman, I was interested in his writing style and intrigued to hear he would be retelling Norse Mythology. Coming into the book, I only knew the basics of Norse Mythology so I was excited to learn more about it. It is clear Gaiman has a great interest in the subject and he put a lot of care into it. These are stories that have been told over and over again and this is another retelling to pass through the countless generations these stories have survived. He retells the stories as chronologically as you can, and keeps the story flowing as it jumps around each chapter telling a new story and each story just as interesting as the last. The stories he chose were all fascinating, there wasn’t a single one that was boring. If you want to find out more about Norse Mythology this is definitely a fantastic read and a good place to start.