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 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. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman—difficult with his beard and huge appetite—to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir—the most sagacious of gods—is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.
Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods 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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For admirers of his fiction, it's the equivalent of going to see a rock band you like and finding that they're just playing a set of Chuck Berry covers that night: great material, yes, and executed nicely, but less than the inventiveness we go to him for.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology | See more reviews from LA Times
Like Oceans at the End of the Lane, Norse Mythology makes a stunning and welcoming entry for newcomers. It is quite simply a breathtaking novel that is as matchless as the Norse gods themselves.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
Without distorting the long and tangled roots of Nordic mythology, Gaiman reveals lively nuances that reconnect these stories to our 21st-century world --- from the humor of Thor disguising himself as a ridiculously hairy woman...to the unintentionally timely episode in which Odin decides to build a wall to keep out invading giants.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
...simply retells it, with little or no embellishment or polishing. That may sound like lazy regurgitation – and that charge might not be unfair – but that’s all that is really needed here. The stories, told here in easy-to-digest 10- to 20-page bites, have managed to hang around for thousands of years, so clearly they didn’t need a lot of help...Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
Doubtless a terrific book that fans of both Gaiman and Norse mythology will want to devour, but is it fiction or mythology? Actually, it’s BISACed as both, though fiction does lead in the coding.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
...the myths I loved as a child can be passed to a new generation, to be reinvented anew. For stories that cannot be retold are destined to be forgotten; and every generation must rediscover these myths for themselves, and take from them whatever they need.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
” A piddling pair outwitted flail in a rowboat “like a couple of bearded lobsters.” Such imagery and control show Gaiman’s affection for his material.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
For those newer entrants into the mythic world, Norse Mythology is a wonderful introduction. It connects all of the major players and worlds of the Norse, and spins them out in a format that’s far less daunting than my century-old book of epic poetry.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
In reinterpreting the tales so faithfully and with such abundant joy, Gaiman assumes the role of fireside bard, inviting us to sit close on a chilly winter’s night and chuckle and wonder along with him.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology | See more reviews from Financial Times
It’s all immense fun, of course, and just about the only downside is that the fun ends too soon. If you place this book alongside Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, which was hefty and substantial, you can’t help but wish Gaiman had got stuck into roughly the same amount of stories...Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
...Gaiman’s retelling of these ever-striking and strange stories should be every reader’s first book of Norse mythology.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
Readers may be familiar with these stories, but we’re always excited to return to the nine worlds, and especially in the hands of a storyteller like Gaiman, they are an absolute treat.Read Full Review of Norse Mythology
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