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Today’s Guest review is by David Walters. He will be reviewing the book Norse Mythology by Thanks David, we look forward to more of your reviews!
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Reviewed by David Walters
I received an ARC of Norse Mythology from WW Norton, but I felt that I needed to wait until the audiobook hit. Every Gaiman book I own is accompanied by the audio because I thoroughly enjoy listening to Gaiman read his own books. Much like Will Patton and Simon Vance, I could listen to Gaiman talk all day, even if the topic is as mundane as directions to microwave a pop-tart. I will say that I have become a bigger Gaiman fan over the past year as, somehow, his works weren’t on my radar until then. So, having said that, this review may be just slightly biased (very slight, promise).
Norse Mythology is a short book (only a little over 6 hours on audiobook) but is definitely one that can be read over and over again. There is nothing really new here, but simply a retelling of the mythology we have available to us today. Though you may have read stories about the gods when you were younger, the stories Gaiman has crafted in this book re-open your imagination. From the creation of the nine worlds and the first gods, to Ragnarök and the rebirth, there are several stories here to keep you entertained. All of the favorites are represented: Odin, the wise and cunning all-father; Thor, son of Odin, wielder of Mjölnir and one of the strongest gods yet not one of the brightest; and Loki, son of giants, a crafty trickster by trade and grand manipulator. My favorite story was about Fenrir, Loki’s son, who is a monstrous wolf that grows at a rapid rate and proves to be a match for the gods. Every chain they use to bind him, he breaks, until he is tricked by the gods and bound forever (at least until Ragnarök).
Norse Mythology came around at a great time for me as I am in the midst of re-watching Vikings on History. I fell in love with this show when it was first released a few years ago and have become a huge fan of Travis Fimmel because of it (though, that is a different story). What is so great is that, after listening to Norse Mythology, I am able to connect the stories and gods with Vikings and am able to better understand some of the references, ways of life, etc. If you are a fan of the show, I would definitely recommend grabbing this book. If you are a Gaiman fan, chances are you have already read it or bought a copy at the least. For everyone else, give this book a try if you have ever had any interest in the Norse mythos, or at least have seen Thor or the Avengers. It is well worth your time.
About the reviewer:
David Walters is an avid reader of just about anything (except romance and James Patterson), among all of his other jobs and hobbies. He currently is a real estate agent in Birmingham, AL and when he isn’t showing houses, his nose is either in a book or leaving oil on his Kindle. He began connecting with authors through Facebook a few years ago and became a semi-professional editor and professional reviewer in the process. If there are any books you are interested in him reading and reviewing, shoot him an e-mail at email@example.com.
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.
About the author:
I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean’s MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).
In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at http://www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.