“Remarkable.… Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos.”—Lisa L. Hannett, Atlantic
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
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Thank our lucky stars that Neil Gaiman chose to do something with his keen interest in Norse mythology. We devoured this strange and wonderful book packed with stories about intimidating giants, messed-up gods, and shamanism. Witty and stunning, Norse Mythology is an author–subject matter match made in heaven; reading it made us very happy.
Gaiman is a talented storyteller, as both writer and a narrator. In his latest audiobook, he turns both talents to an imaginative retelling of old Norse folklore. The figures in these myths are well-known to most people: Odin, the highest and oldest of the gods; his son Thor the Thunderer; and Loki, his conniving and treacherous blood brother. They, along with the other gods who inhabit Asgard, live in a universe of giants, elves, dwarves, and men. Gaiman chronicles the history of these gods and their varied adventures from the beginning of their creation to their ending at the final battle of Ragnarok, and on to their eventual renewal. Gaiman's affection for these myths is evident throughout the audiobook. His gods bellow and rage and whine and battle and plot, but his reading is never over the top. His mellow British-accented voice keeps the pace consistent, hits all the right dramatic notes, and brings new life, for a new generation to discover, to these ancient stories. A Norton hardcover. \n
overall this book was entertaining and informative, providing great detail regarding the tales of Norse, however the reason my review is not fulfilled to its maximum of five stars is because I expected more info regarding ragnarok.
From stories told around cooking fires on winter nights to the decks of salt-sprayed Viking longships centuries ago, who better to bring the ancient heroes and villains of Norse myth to our iPads and bookstands than Neil Gaiman? His love for Norse mythology and genius ability to weave rich stories that capture the imagination and open up the mysterious are a gift. Ragnorok will have to wait- Gaiman has breathed new life into the Gods, giants, monsters, creatures, and humans that live on Yggdrasil. This book is wonderful!
Norse mythology is amazing!!