Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book Review


Norse MythologyBook Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Audiobook

Book Series: N/A

Released: 2/7/17 by W.W. Norton & Company

Pages: 304 Price: $25.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library



Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Decided to put this title on reserve when I was looking for books to listen to while I worked.  I thought this might be an interesting listen because of my enjoyment of the Thor movies by Marvel.  I also enjoyed Greek mythology as a teenager so what the hell, why not.  One last factor adding to my interest in these legends is that I come from Scandinavian descent.

Overall I enjoyed this book.  I might have missed some bits as I currently have the plague (flu) and am having trouble concentrating at times.  Being that this was a compilation of essentially short storied it didn’t matter much as I didn’t have to follow a long plot arch.  For those listening to the book, like me, it is narrated by the author which I thought was nice.

If you are a fan of the Thor franchise by Marvel please note that this will be different.  These are the legends that those stories are based upon.  It did amaze me how much of the comics, that the movies are based upon, are pulled from these stories.  There were plenty of characters and plot points that Marvel borrowed.

If you enjoy mythology, or Thor, or short stories, or Gods and Goddesses then this would be an interesting read that I recommend.  The audio version is short only 6 or 7 hours perfect for a day trip.

My Rating: 3 Stars


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