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.
Neil Gaiman knows how to tell a story. I’ve always been interested in Norse Mythology, but it wasn’t just that that got me hooked from page one.
It’s easy giving us facts, but Neil Gaiman tell us these beautiful, dark stories like he was an elder, and we his young, sitting around listening to him eagerly.
I wish there were pictures to accompany the stories. I was constantly looking up on Google every time he mentioned a character.
And yes, I could conjure up an image in my head, but there is just something magical when you see them in a beautifully painted picture.
This book is great for reading to your kids. Yeah there are a lot of names hard to explain, but I don’t think they would mind when they are hearing the story of Thor, and not the comic book version.
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