Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki?son of a giant?blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Every time I think of Norse Mythology – I am immediately inundated with names of Gods and Places that I have really no hope of pronouncing out loud *face palm*
But when I heard Neil Gaiman, one of my go – to – authors for anything fantastical and fairy – talesque; I just knew I had to get my hands on this beauty. And the fact that Bloomsbury India was kind enough to contact me to offer a review copy of their newest Gold Foil on White Cover Edition of the *starry eyes* just cements my assumption that we are psychically linked 😛
At first glance, this beauty of a book seems to be a collection of short stories about the different tales of Gods in Norse Mythology; but mostly focusing on Odin, Thor and Loki, but as you keep reading through the stories, a pattern emerges; a pattern that suggests that all these stories are linked to each other and culminating in the one that deals with Ragnarok – The End of All Days = MIND BLOWN.
Neil Gaiman does fan – freaking – tastic job of simplifying these stories into some that would read like bed time stories, and yet keep the reader interested in going through all of them just to know all the facts!
If there is a book that you think you want, just to get your information regarding Norse Mythology – then I suggest pick this beauty up. Not only would you enjoy this simplistic yet elegant writing style, you would also end up understanding that each story has a link to the next one and the one after – just to see how the world would end one day!
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