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 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.
Neil Gaiman seems to be making headway recently with his books being turned into television shows and movies. Let me say i enjoy his writing quite a bit and I love his stories of where he gets his inspiration. “Norse Mythology” caught my attention initially because I am primarily Norwegian and I wanted to see what kind of tales they pass down. The way that Gaiman tells the tale give the characters definite personalities and foreign ways of reacting to things.
I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars, I would recommend this even if you are not Norwegian. It is worth reading even if just for the story aspect. Its very interesting to see how the myths build upon each other. I love the wittiness of most of the characters but one thing that bothered me was the dramatics of their reactions to things. I suppose its normal for “gods” to react those ways because they are more intense but it still seems ridiculous.
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