Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman

  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
Score: 4.5
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From 138 Ratings
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Description

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 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. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman—difficult with his beard and huge appetite—to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir—the most sagacious of gods—is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods 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.

Reviews

  • First and last

    2
    By PeachykeenJ
    Not a difficult read; remedial and simplistic. It read quickly. It was not worth $12.99. Probably last time I will read this author.
  • Very fun!

    5
    By GABA 1
    Hilarious and entertaining
  • Godly Grandiosity

    5
    By Shaun Dreams
    This book is packed with tough and rough people. I'm not sure there's anyone like them anywhere in the earthly realm... which is a good thing, or are these characters living among us?
  • Great read

    5
    By Cyber_Grunt
    Enjoyed Neil Gaimen's take on Norse Mythology. A must read
  • Interesting but way too short

    3
    By Frolfin
    It was a good read but 12 bucks for a tiny book
  • Great book💜

    5
    By NyssaAhGhul
    Gives you wings into a world of fascinating tales of norse gods and how they came to be or have their objects, a trip to the nine worlds and Loki's adventures and miss deeds:). Loved the book a lot!
  • Cool Story ... Bruh

    5
    By Gdh13877
    Cool Story Bruh
  • Gaiman Magic

    5
    By aS1168
    From stories told around cooking fires on winter nights to the decks of salt-sprayed Viking longships centuries ago, who better to bring the ancient heroes and villains of Norse myth to our iPads and bookstands than Neil Gaiman? His love for Norse mythology and genius ability to weave rich stories that capture the imagination and open up the mysterious are a gift. Ragnorok will have to wait- Gaiman has breathed new life into the Gods, giants, monsters, creatures, and humans that live on Yggdrasil. This book is wonderful!
  • First

    5
    By Nukin box
    I’m first!