Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
My Rating: 3.5 stars! ⭐️
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.
If you have any interest in mythology whatsoever, you have to pick this book up.
Essentially each “chapter” is one mythological tale. So it’s basically a whole book full of mythological tales, like the title suggests. But they do still have some semblance of order, leading up to Ragnarok, the end of everything.
I really liked the formatting of this book, especially since it was nice to be able to finish a section of the story right away. It gave you that feeling of wow I’m flying through this book really quickly. The stories in here are so compelling and so well-written, that you just want to finish the whole chapter to find out what happens!
AND, I listened to the audiobook for this, and Neil Gaiman was the perfect choice! (I love when authors narrate their own books! It just adds that extra element since you know exactly the type of tone being portrayed).
His narration is absolutely fantastic, and he really does have that “story-teller” voice that is great for a book like this.
The only problems that I had with this book, is the fact that some tales weren’t as enticing to me as others, so I found myself somewhat bored at times. There were also a lot of names and people in some of the chapters, in which I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. But, there were definitely a handful of stories that were my favorite, like the Mede of Poetry and Thor’s Hammer.
This is going to be a short and sweet review, since there isn’t much else for me to say, other than READ THIS BOOK! It’s such an entertaining read and I feel like it’s perfect for a long road trip! (Also, I highly recommend the audiobook since the narration was pretty perfect!)
Thanks for reading!