Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Norse Mythology

30831912Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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...FREAKING. LOVED. this book! That ending...I...I...just Wow!

I borrowed this from the library on Audio and had to wait for 75 other people to listen to it, so 3ish months, but it was SO worth it! I wanted to read more of Gaiman's' work, since I have only ever read one of this other books, Neverwhere. I've always been a huge mythology fan, and Norse being my favorite, I couldn't pass up the chance to read this one, and everyone on Litsy suggested the audio. It was perfection!

So, on to details about the books. Of course, I loved Loki, I always do, but I was super surprised that I liked Thor in this one too! Normally I don't, so for me, that was kind of a big deal. There really wasn't any character that I specifically disliked in this one, they all had a purpose and serves it well.

I also really enjoyed the plot and the many adventures of the gods of Asgard. Many made me laugh, a few were disgusting (which was a good thing!), and that ending almost made me cry.(Something I almost NEVER do because of a book or movie.) It did get a strong stunned silence, and just wow! So good! Plus the audio was a joy to listen to, I love Gaiman's voice, and his emotions while reading!

Now I'm off to see about finding the BBC version of Neverwhere to listen to!