Thursday, August 17, 2017
Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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 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.
I liked it well enough, but it wasnt a classic for me.
The book was fun, telling you all you have to know about the most basic of Norse mythology tales in a fun and witty way. He tells different tales and all of them wildly entertaining but it all could be because Norse mythology hasnt been my favorite of mythologies, which would explain why I didn't become instantly hooked with this one. It was such an anticipated read for so many people and Gaiman is considered a genius, but for me, I have yet to find a book of his that I become completely enamored by.
Yes, it is entertaining and funny.