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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

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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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    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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Really enjoyable short read. Finished it in a couple days. Remember some of the stories from when I was a kid. The gods are not especially likeable, as a bunch, which makes it quite fun. Stories selected follow an arc too which is nice. Loki stories tend to be the best ones in my mind ( )
  eoghanhickey | Aug 17, 2018 |
Seems like a great place to start to dip one's toes into the Norse mythology stream. Entertaining reading with wry humour sprinkled throughout. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Aug 14, 2018 |
This retelling of the Norse myths is similar in tone to the Puffin series "Saga of Asgard" - sparser prose overall, though slightly more forthcoming on how Loki and the goat made Skadi laugh.
If you haven't previously read retellings of the Norse myths, this would be a very good place to start. If you have read them, then there is not much here that is new, nor is there much additional atmosphere.
However - if Gaiman ever writes a book to bridge the gap between the Norse mythology and American Gods I'll be first in line to buy it.
  d.r.halliwell | Aug 14, 2018 |
NEIL GAIMAN is a god!! Only fitting that he retell the ancient myths of the Norse Mythologies and in with his narration magic, brings to life each and every god in all the stories he presents. This is how mythology was meant to be passed down, orally, and no one could have done a more fantastic job than he does!!! ( )
  MrNattania | Jul 29, 2018 |
Loki steals the show in this masterful retelling of Norse myths. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 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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