Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Book - 2017
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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.--
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780393609097
039360909X
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,22 cm.

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LPL_KatieF Mar 08, 2019

I listened to the audiobook as I was healing from a minor surgery. Neil Gaiman's quick wit and lovely reading voice kept me company while I spent a few days in bed. Loki's antics cheered me up and I learned so much about Norse mythology!

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sinbad64
Jan 29, 2019

Here and there, the writing could have been better, and the goings-on presented in a clearer fashion. Even with these flaws, the book is worth reading--especially for those with an interest in the activities of Norse gods, giants, ogres, and the special landscapes they inhabit.

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bookycakes
Jan 27, 2019

I just....really like my old Norse myth storybook I had constantly checked out at the library with its beautiful, vibrant illustrations. And Bruce Coville's fun juvenile novel "Thor's Wedding Day." Norse mythology has been so interesting to me for so long that I already have my favorites, and this one felt harsher and darker, as so many books "for adults" do. And I would have liked more stories about the goddesses, even if they had to be imagined. A storyteller like Gaiman certainly would have been able to spin something wonderful about them.

It wasn't bad, but I probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't reading it for a challenge.

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normality_resumed
Nov 23, 2018

A stunningly presented book, and a great resource to go to for Norse mythology. The idea that we can retell these as suits our needs as storytellers is beguiling.

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JSM5
Nov 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much but, many parts I found myself wanting more. I would read again.

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Tauriel
Nov 13, 2018

NORSE MYTHOLOGY: NEIL GAIMAN

ACCURACY: The problem with scandanavian and Norse mythology is that we know very little about it. Unlike Greco-Roman mythology, these stories were primarily oral, and it was only during the Christianization when they began to be written down. As a result, when this book said that it was a new way of reading/interpreting Norse Mythology I was relatively skeptical. The stories in this book are the exact same, and if not fewer, than the D’aularies book of Norse Mythology. I didn’t feel as if anything was revived, because unless a new untouched manuscript had been uncovered, it really… hadn’t been revived.
RECOMMENDATION: If you love Neil Gaiman, I guess you’ll want this. I haven’t actually read anything of his apart from this, so if there was some reference to his previous novels I didn’t get it. I bought it because 1) I didn’t have a copy of any mythology book and 2) I really liked the cover… so… yeah.
3 out of 5. 75% fresh. Read it if you want to, but check it out from the library first.

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BrandonB101
Nov 09, 2018

Phenomenal articulation of tales of Norse Mythos! A trekk through time, culture, and expansive imagination. Absolutely lovely, poetic writings. An amazing masterpiece!

ArapahoeCarmen Sep 19, 2018

I absolutely loved this book! I listened to the audiobook version read by Neil Gaiman himself, it was lovely.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

This was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Each chapter offering a modernized adaptation of some of the greatest stories in Norse history. Hilarious and easy to read from front to back.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Aug 08, 2018

For my money, there's hardly anything better than Norse myth. There's a beauty to these stories that lacks any pretense or air of importance. These are folk stories at heart, meant to explain things about the world and how those ancient folk viewed it. The very name of these tales, the "eddas," is possibly derived from the word for "great-grandmother." These are stories grandmothers told.

Neil Gaiman latches on to this and lovingly filters these stories through his own mind and imagination (the process of which he explains briefly at the end of the volume), all the while staying as true to the original sources as he can. This is, to put it simply, clearly a labor of love and it pours off of every page.

There's not much else to say. It's merely a wonderful book.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“Of course it was Loki. It's always Loki.”

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shayshortt
Feb 21, 2017

There were things Thor did when something went wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what had happened was Loki’s fault. Thor pondered. He did not believe that even Loki would have dared to steal his hammer. So he did the next thing he did when something went wrong, and went to ask Loki for advice.

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Aug 25, 2018

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shayshortt
Feb 21, 2017

In the beginning, there was nothing but the mist world and the fire world. From these came Ymir, a giant both male and female, the first of all beings. Ymir was slain by Odin, called the all-father, for Odin both created the gods that you will read about here, and breathed life into the first humans. In these pages, Thor will acquire his famous hammer, the mighty Mjollnir. Loki will get his fellow gods into and out of trouble countless times, until he finally plays the trick that will lose him their trust once and for all. Witness the creation of the great walls of Asgard, the genesis of the gift of poetry, and the source of the gods’ immortality, as retold by Neil Gaiman.

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