Whoa what can I say? I’m addicted to mythology based books. You might have noticed through my various mentions of Percy Jackson. I was beyond excited to see that Neil Gaiman was writing a mythology book. I picked this book up as an audio book simply because Neil Gaiman narrated it. This is the first time I have ever really enjoyed an audio book. I felt intrigued as I listened along to the tales. It felt like I was right there as he told the stories. I could imagine Thor, Odin, Loki, and the multiple giants.
I really enjoyed the story. I think it brings to life characters that we are sort of familiar with. I definitely think this is a good book for people who are new to mythology. It’s very easy to understand, the tales are fantastic, and every story connects in a way.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology or interested in learning more about it. Norse Mythology is very interesting and easy to understand. The audio book is superb. I also recommend that.
“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”
Rating: 4.5/5 | Read: November 1 – 5
Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
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 a giant, 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.