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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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Norse Mythology (edition 2017)

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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Title:Norse Mythology
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:W. W. Norton & Company, Kindle Edition, 304 pages
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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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    Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (sturlington)
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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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Not a 3 star, not quite a 4 star.
If you are a fan of Norse Mythology and wish to deep dive and read more of it you will find nothing new in this book, that being said it is a great book for new readers of myths.
Gaiman does a great job with this retelling of famous myths, the writing is compelling and easy to binge read. ( )
  MissAlandra | Jan 17, 2022 |
Uneven writing quality and tone were a disappointment in this modern take on Asgard, etc. Parts were great, though; funny and dark. Thor appears as the eternal straight man, which I enjoyed.
From this I went directly to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, in which the writing is much, much better. ( )
  bohemima | Jan 11, 2022 |
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  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
The image painted of the Norse Gods was a lot goofier and darker than what I had seen before. ( )
  curlypat | Dec 26, 2021 |
I love mythology. I read this as an audiobook and found Neil Gaimans voice describing Ragnarok to be strangely soothing. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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Buckley, PaulCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garceau, PeteCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ngai, VictoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weber, SamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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