Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I love Norse Mythology, so I had been looking forward to reading this book since it came out.
Most of the myths told in Gaiman’s book are ones that I had read or heard before, but that didn’t stop his writing style and fantastic storytelling from pulling me into the book. I really liked his voice throughout the book, I feel like this would be an amazing book to listen to him narrate. I loved how Gaiman is able to tell these myths with a new spin, or at least a fresh perspective. I also enjoyed his take on the characters of Loki and Thor. Loki is a complicated character and I loved that Gaiman honored that. Also I loved that Thor was portrayed as the dumb guy he is.
If you want to learn more about Norse mythology, this book is for you. If you know and love some of the myths, I think this book is still for you. I gave the book 4 stars on Goodreads, and I hope to own it someday.