Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Review: 'Norse Mythology' by Neil Gaiman

British futurism and fantasy author Neil Gaiman is a highly regarded, prolific author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. For those yet unfamiliar with his output, his notable works include the comic book series ‘The Sandman’ and novels ‘Stardust’, ‘American Gods’, ‘Coraline’, and ‘The Graveyard Book’ and he has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, ‘The Graveyard Book’.

Neil is fascinated if not obsessed with mythology as is evident in all of his works. No contemporary fiction writer gets more of his power from the mythological tradition than Neil Gaiman. He has absorbed so much mythology that his own work flows naturally out of it

NORSE MYTHOLOGY is Neil’s retelling/amalgamation of fifteen stories from the pre-Christian Scandinavian myths recorded in and around the 13th century. His retelling and reshaping of these myths flow like embellished, Technicolor versions of old tales, some that we know, others that are unfamiliar – until now. They include the hammer-wielding thunder god Thor, his father, Odin, who sacrificed an eye for knowledge, and the mercurial trickster Loki, as well as their home of Asgard.

Neil’s wit reigns throughout – sometimes subtly, most of the time with contemporary idioms coloring the dialogue. For a platterful of pure delight (and an educational entrance into little known mythological creatures) this book is impossible to match. Pure entertainment from the reigning genius of fantasy mythological fiction! Grady Harp, February 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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