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Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which 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 recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendencey to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.--… (more)
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    The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: The Edda feels like the primary source material for Gaiman's retelling
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    Mabinogion Tetralogy by Evangeline Walton (LamontCranston)
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    Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (sturlington)
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    Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt (themulhern)
    themulhern: The one is a fine retelling of Norse mythology, the other is humorous fantasy based on Norse mythology. So they compliment each other nicely. And both are written rather cleverly.
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Neil Gaiman's storytelling style is well-suited for Norse mythology, and his version of these stories builds a more internally-consistent mythological world than their typical presentation. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I loved the stories and Gaiman's narration made it even better. My only real complaint is that I wanted more. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
Having read two Joanne Harris' takes on the subject, it was time to read the same stories from one of my favourite authors. There really wasn't much to choose between the two authors. I liked having the glossary, and notes in this volume, and a few of the stories in this didn't appear in Harris' books. Overall the characters came across as being more serious, less playful, and more fearful, perhaps most like the original renditions (I haven't read). Easy to read. Very well collated collection. ( )
  AChild | May 19, 2021 |
I was not expecting this book to be so funny. It made me laugh at a time when I did not have many reasons for laughing. ( )
  Clarissa_ | May 11, 2021 |
An excellent modern telling of the old Norse legends

Neil Gaining spins a great yarn. Here he retells the tales of the old Norse Gods in everyday modern language. ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 2021 |
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Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, PaulCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garceau, PeteCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ngai, VictoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weber, SamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Welch, ChrisDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Everett, Old Stories for a new boy
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It's as hard to have a favorite sequence of myths as it is to have a favorite style of cooking (some nights you might want Thai food, some nights sushi, other nights you crave the plain home cooking you grew up on).
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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which 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 recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendencey to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.--

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