ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Neil Gaiman is a bestselling English author. Gaiman was born in Portchester in 1960. He writes short stories, novels, comic books, graphic novels. He has also done screenwriting for movies.
Gaiman’s preferred genres are fantasy, comedy, horror, and science-fiction.
His notable works include The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Good Omens, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Graveyard Book. Some of his original works have been adapted for movies and series. Three of his books, including Norse Mythology, are even available as audiobooks.
Gaiman has a highly allusive style of writing. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades like the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards.
Neil Gaiman has retold the Norse mythology in his characteristic style.
In the first chapter, he has introduced the key players – Odin, the all-father; Thor, the mighty son who carries Mjollnir; and Loki, the handsome and cunning God who is always up to some mischief.
Like all mythologies, Norse Mythology also begins when there was nothing. Neil describes how the tree Yggdrasil connected all nine worlds.
The book contains several stories about the Gods, the Light Elves, the Dwarves, the Dark Elves, and the Giants. Magical creatures also feature in a good number of stories.
The last chapter of Norse Mythology is all about what to expect during Ragnarok.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT NORSE MYTHOLOGY
Norse Mythology is a light-and-easy read. It is commonly believed that Norse mythical tales are dark and morbid. Gaiman has done well to break this myth. In fact, his presentation of these stories is lively, to say the least. Some of the stories are even downright funny.
To his credit, Gaiman has also done justice to all the characters – major and minor alike. His storytelling is flawless. Those who grew up in the cinematic world of Marvel or the world of comics will get to know characters beyond Thor, Loki and Odin after they are done reading this book. In fact, to help the readers recollect the main characters and their relationship with each other, the author has added a note section at the back of the book. This appendix is bound to come in handy given how similar some names are.
That being said, arguably the best thing about Norse Mythology is how one can randomly start reading a story without missing out on the continuity of the book.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT NORSE MYTHOLOGY
The number of stories in Norse Mythology just aren’t enough to satiate our appetite for these mesmerizing myths – a fact even the author himself as bemoaned in the introduction. Unfortunately, unlike other mythological tales from around the world, much of Norse mythology has been lost over the years.
This is the beginning of all things, the death that made all life possible.
Only Tyr was silent. He did not laugh. He could feel the sharpness of Fenris Wolf’s teeth against his wrist, the wetness and warmth of Fenris Wolf’s tongue against his palm and his fingers.
Norse Mythology is all about Neil Gaiman’s wonderful retelling of some of the best tales from Scandinavia. Ameya highly recommends this book to readers of all age groups.
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