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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology (edition 2018)

by Neil Gaiman (Author)

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Title:Norse Mythology
Authors:Neil Gaiman (Author)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing (2018), 304 pages
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Author)

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    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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Dull and uninspired. ( )
  seitherin | Nov 11, 2018 |
I'm glad I listened to this one on audiobook instead of reading it. Without Neil Gaiman reading it, I don't think it would be as good. I learned a bit about Norse mythology, which seems to boil down to "It's Loki's fault." ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
Gaiman presents the legends of the Norse gods in his smooth story-telling voice.

Things I learned: the Norse Gods love to eat, drink mead, battle, trick each other, and boast of manly feats. You can goad them into anything, and when feeling cocky (which is always), they are dumb as a rock. Loki is the only bright one, and being the bored psychopath, regularly stirs up trouble by tricking the others. Thor being insanely strong and well-hammered, this often backfires, making Loki less bored in unpleasant ways. There are giants, monsters, and Ragnarok. Good fun. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
A collection of 16 stories about the Norse Gods; Odin, Thor, Loki, their wives and children and many other gods in the panoply of Norse Mythology. The MCU this is not. Thor is not a good looking smart blond Australian and these stories are visceral and violent. They read like folk tales that were translated from the original Scandinavian languages of old. They tell the life and times of the gods on their proverbial road to ruin and Ragnarok.


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  mahsdad | Sep 29, 2018 |
Neil Gaiman says he first encountered the Norse myths in the pages of Marvel Comics. I first encountered the Norse Myths in the pages of school textbooks. I later discovered livelier versions, and he later discovered more complete versions, truer to the original sources.

One important difference is that Gaiman is an excellent writer, and he became interested in researching the myths and presenting them to new generations in a form both true to the sources and engaging for modern readers.

Or, in this case, as is most appropriate for ancient myths, listeners.

In his introduction, he discusses what we do, and tantalizingly, what we don't know, about the Norse gods. We know Odin and Thor and Loki, the Norns and the giants, and others, but there are also gods for whom only and some bare details remain, with no surviving stories to retell.

Both his words and his reading of them breathe life into the stories we have. None of the Norse gods are simple and straightforward evocations of merely a few traits, nor are they what we'd consider fully rounded characters. They are, nevertheless, compelling, especially with Gaiman, an excellent oral storyteller as well as an excellent writer, reading his own retellings of their tales.

It's a very good few hours' listening.


I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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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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