Book Reviews: Norse Mythology
March 1, 2018
By Neil Gaiman
Two Publishers: Bloomsbury UK (Left) and
W. W. Norton (Right)
Reviewer: Sadie-Jane Nunis
Gaiman Takes on Norse Stories
MENTION Thor or Loki and everyone will think of the movie roles played by Mr Chris Hemsworth and Mr Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The geeks will think of the Marvel comics as well. However, in this version, Mr Gaiman re-tells about 15 Norse myths and makes them more accessible to today’s reader.
Many names listed are familiar, however, some of the relationships may come as a surprise to those who are only familiar with Marvel’s take on the Norse gods. In some cases, the word surprise may be an understatement (Loki gives birth to a six-legged horse).
All in all, this book was easy enough to digest within a day but that is the true magic of a good author. There are numerous elements from various fantasy stories that I have read in my time and enjoyed that can be found in this book. I have read quite a few books from Mr Gaiman and I think this makes it to the top three. There are two covers available in stores but overseas, I have seen that there is an all-white version too which looks amazing. But dear readers, it is always the story or in this case stories that count right?
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