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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

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    CGlanovsky: The Edda feels like the primary source material for Gaiman's retelling
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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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Gaiman reads this retelling of the Norse myths in a most entertaining style, lending them more of a folksy air than Wagner, for instance! It was great company on the treadmill this week. ( )
  ffortsa | Jan 15, 2019 |
This is a collection of short stories true to Norse pantheon. The stories center around Thor, Loki, and Odin. The stories are about forming the world, creation of Yggdrasil, how Odin lost an eye, the god's treasures, Loki's children, Thor and the giants, Balder's death, Ragnarok, The author puts his own twists on the old myths, but stays true to the stories.

This was a pretty good book. It is a good book for the 11-17 age range, and if your child is a fan of Thor, then it is definitely a good choice. Thor is definitely the comic relief of these stories. They are silly, over the top, and enjoyable.

I say try it out! ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
This has just reconfirmed that I can read anything by Neil Gaiman. A gorgeous retelling of Norse mythology, flowing through the time of the gods and goddesses, intertwining their stories to tell the tale from creation to destruction. Some of the myths were old and familiar to me, others new and never heard before - all were fresh, bright, and maybe me fall all over again for mythology. ( )
1 vote JPetersonReads | Dec 23, 2018 |
I liked Niel Gaimon's narration. Stories interesting only because they are historical. ( )
  scottkirkwood | Dec 4, 2018 |
A wonderful little collection of Norse mythology, with Gaiman's always-readable writing style. ( )
  kristilabrie | Nov 28, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039360909X, Hardcover)

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 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.

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