Norse Mythology – Neil Gaimen

Before the beginning there was nothing – no earth, no heavens, no stars, no sky: only the mist world, formless and shapeless, and the fire world, always burning.

Norse Mythology is Gaimen’s most recent release. Simply put this book is a retelling of the Norse myths of old with the unique flair of fantasy king Gaimen. In all honesty there really isn’t much to this review as it is such a simple concept. Thanks to Marvel we are all familiar with the Norse gods Thor and Loki, what many of us don’t know are the origins of these characters and the stories surrounding them. Gaiman provides colour and flesh to these stories taking the reader on a journey from the creation of the world until the end of it. I would definitely recommend this book, particularly if you have an interest in the mythology of old world gods. Growing up I always loved ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology so loved immersing myself in the stories of the Norse gods.

 

These myths do keep to the stories of old so as much as Gaimen fleshes these stories out, he does not deviate from them. The reader can tell he has a genuine love and affinity for these myths in the way he crafts his words. Personally I much prefer the flair that comes from true fiction and would probably recommend American Gods over this novel first. Gaiman takes these mythological characters and places them in a fictional story where he can manipulate the storyline as he chooses, while keeping true to the characters. This particular novel is masterful and consuming, one I know I will read again and again. That being said this is an easy and enjoyable read that teaches you about the history of the Norse gods. I give Norse Mythology three of Thor’s hammers.

 

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