Norse Mythology by Neil GaimanNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

byNeil Gaiman

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

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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 stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman—difficult with his beard and huge appetite—to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir—the most sagacious of gods—is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times best-selling A View from the Cheap Seats, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Neverwhere, and the Sandman series of graphic novels, among other works. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. His novel Ame...
Title:Norse MythologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a solid retelling of several stories from Norse mythology. I found them interesting, sometimes funny, and they work really well read aloud. If reading to kids, there are some themes that you may want to prepare yourself for (forced marriage, quite a bit of killing, someone being tied up with his own son's intestines, lots of alcohol, that sort of thing), but the narrative doesn't dwell too grotesquely on these.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this! I can see myself going back to read this again soon, it was divided well and was TRUE to the mythology which is something I feared it wouldn't be. Neil Gaiman has a way of making these classic tales new again. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Norse and their beliefs this is an awesome book to read.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes to Myths A great read for all the mythology fans. I couldn't stop reading. Loved every chapter and new story presented throughout the book.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ! If you love mythology and all the stories this book is for you! I loved all the stories of how thor got his hammer and how tricky loki was! this is a great read
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book i really wanted to get into norse mythology and this book is a good book to help. The book has a few different stories and gives you information about the gods and how some things became. Like how Thor got his hammer and how all the gods came to be etc. Definitely recommend if you dont know anything about norse mythology and want to read something other than greek and egyptian mythology.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Basis of all stories: Loki did it. It was fun, twisted, clever, dark, and adventurous. It's a great intro to Norse Mythology
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It's sort of one f those books about mysteries. Definitely a go.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Who wouldn't love Neil Gaiman writing about Norse mythology? I knew a fair amount of the myths already, but it was still really fun reading this book and would highly recommend for people who just want fun Norse myths
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great books for myth lovers Neil Gaiman once again has written a very enjoyable book. It's great for lovers of mythology especially if you want something different then the more popular Greek myths.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great For Intro To Norse Mythology! This is a well put together collection of the basic belief systems & myths of the ancient Norse culture. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves obviously influenced high fantasy genres, games, shows & movies etc that is interested in learning more. A great jumping off point on the subject!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent introduction Gaiman puts together an excellent introduction to the Norse Myths. You could only ever read this book and have a great understanding, or you could use it to jump off into the deep end. Highly recommended. #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book did not hold my attention. The characters were flat
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting So this is a book of stories and myth... but nothing else... compare to other book I have read on mythology... their is no lessons, transformation, meaning or deep understanding of what the myth is all about... so... meh...
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman and I enjoyed his take on timeless Norse myth. Simple and easy to read, it was definitely a different choice for me but well worth it.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book this book was very interesting to read. would love to recommend this to anyone
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short Yet Fun Read The only downside of this book is the price. If you are a moderate to fast reader you can knock this book out in an afternoon. However, the stories are great and it's a really fun read
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An enthralling retelling of the Norse myths from one of the world's greatest storytellers Gaiman has done an excellent job here of parsing the dense mythology of Norse culture, and condensing it into a novel-style storyline. It's easily accessible, and is a great read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh I'm whelmed slash underwhelmed
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really fun take on some classic stories Although this book is a series of stories, they're all bound together so well. It was satisfying to read about characters that aren't the usual gamut, but are still familiar. Gaiman is great at injecting humour in unexpected places, too, which keeps you on your toes.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved this book I love the stories or Odin and Asgard and this book was really fun to read
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book love mythology and this book explains it all. great job!
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Well Written I love this book because I love mythology of any kind, but this is even better. Neil Gaiman's writing style is always captivating and unique. I am a huge fan of all his work.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This is a good book. Written very simply, but tells the norse myths well.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting! Loved this book. I was always very interested in nose mythology from living in Newfoundland, and this was so creative and awesome.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He loved it! I bought this for my boyfriend recently who has always been very interested in this type of reading (mythology, vikings etc). He absolutely loves this book, says he can't put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok not as good as I originally thought it would be
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from interesting Not really my cup of tea...but it did help me gain more understanding of Thors background
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This promising story failed to deliver what I felt it could have
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Worth it. Very interesting and happy to have it in my library.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this! I love mythology, so I knew I`d love this book. It`s different from Gaiman`s other books and it`s purely mythology, not his own stories. But I liked it nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Another knock out of the park from Neil Gaiman.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Worth it. Very interesting and happy to have it in my library.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Good book for short stories right before bed :P
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read of my summer! I know people always say, "I couldn't put it down!" but seriously -- I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Fun. I love all these fun stories. The characters are rich and easy to remember. They are meaningful, if that makes sense.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Neil Gaiman has such beautiful writing that just takes me into the world of each book. his stories, even when based on non-fiction, always has such a creative twist to it…and Norse Mythology is no different. I love all the different ways each God is represented in from story to story. I kind of feel bad for Loki always getting blamed for things (sometimes it’s warranted but not always). I really couldn’t help but laugh when Thor dressed up like a woman to get his hammer back by marrying an ogre/giant thing
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun visit to the world of the vikings Gaiman brings a fun take to all the classic viking sagas! The collection is a good mix of well known stories and characters and some lesser known ones. Well worth a read.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mythology stories Love it! Makes all the characters of mythology more memorable and easy to remember and understand when you have a nice story to associate them with.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Very exciting! Great book! Very exciting!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Combining Thor with History.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting! Always been a fan of mythology, this one sounds like an exciting read!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from exciting and excited!! hope to get the book soon after reading the summary and the great reviews
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great I am very into mythology... and Thor... so I thought it would be a good idea to combine Norse and mythology. This book is a great start!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reccomended An enjoyable retelling of Norse myths,
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! And I'm not even into Mythology...!!
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fans of Gaiman won't be disappointed Fantastic book! Probably my favourite Gaiman book, despite not containing original story lines. It's an easy read and hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gaiman revitalises ancient mythology Gaiman's Norse Mythology breathes new life into iconic Germanic folklore. This compilation integrates aspects of both the Prose and Poetic Eddas into contemporary prose, making the stories much more accessible to new readership. Established fans of Norse mythology will appreciate Gaiman's modern interpretation of the material; I especially appreciate how he highlights the humour and playfulness that are often overshadowed by grim overtures in other collections. While Norse Mythology is a somewhat simplified version of the cannon, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Germanic myth.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun and witty book. A fantastic read, a fun introduction to the major players in Norse Mythology with some witty and cunning stories along the way. I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent read not the best book on the subject, but worth a read
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope I was SUPER stoked for this book when I heard about it. "Norse myths? With a Gaiman twist?! SWEET!" Oh fool that I was. These tales (a select few of the most popular of the Norse tales) have not been told in a unique way, nor are they different from any collection. Save yourself some money, get a copy that has more tales, more gods, more information. Sorry, Neil.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read I am a NG fan so I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked It The book is structured in such a way so each chapter is a new story. Most of the main stories are in the book with slight elaborations to make the story flow better. It is a nice introduction to norse mythology without some of the more confusing details included in other versions of the story to save readers the headache. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice introduction to Norse Mythology This is a highly readable book about the Norse Gods and their antics. As someone who isn't familiar with the myths, I found it a bit difficult to parse out what was myth and what was Mr Gaiman, but I enjoyed the book greatly.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite Enjoyable... If you are a newbie (like I am) to Norse Mythology, this book is a good stepping stone. I enjoyed the fact that the author did not make it super complicated and hard to follow, so as a newbie, I understood the characters rather easily.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Engaging Great for someone with little to no knowledge on Norse Mythology. Actually found myself laughing out loud at parts. Lots of fun!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad, not good. I purchased this book right when it was released in February and just finished it. It left much to be desired. Personally, I do not think it was well written at all. On account of how simply written this book is, I found it difficult to get through. At times I was very annoyed at the language used and decided early on that I am not the intended audience. This is more of a children's book for those that are just beginning to learn to read. It's a decent very basic introduction to norse mythology, not what I was expecting but I would rate this 2.5 stars if i could.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessible Mythology Absolutely loved this!! Neil Gaiman has done an excellent job of making these wonderful tales accessible for both mythology lovers and newcomers. Entertaining and easy to follow with a nice, connected narrative from story to story.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool read Good compilation of Norse mythology stories, especially with the rise in interest in Viking culture and the misinformation spread by popular culture. Informative, interesting and entertaining. I also enjoy the glossary at the back.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Light Read Preface: If you're looking for Gaiman's usual brilliance, his deep characters and his elegant plots, this is not your book. If you're looking for a detailed retelling of the Norse sagas, this is not your book. If you're looking for an academic discussion of Norse mythology, this is not your book. If you're looking for a light introduction to the dense world of Norse mythology, with just a hint of Neil in the dialogue to keep things entertaining, this is your book. This book is an obvious work of love, both for the stories themselves and as a collection. It's something of a Valentine that Gaiman is creating for his son to share his passion for the Norse gods and their many adventures (and misadventures). I found the book very easy to read, a great access point to the stories, and found that the loose structure that connects them from start to finish was helpful. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I've always been fascinated by myths, but I haven't gotten around to reading about Norse myths. This book was a great intro into them. It was a quick read and easy to follow. It would have been nice if there were illustrations. I wish he would write another collection of Norse myths, it seems like there's a lot more that can be written. I didn't realize how many names here were used in video games.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great novel! Some awesome stories from Norse mythology. Good background stories for someone who is new to this. Very well written and some interesting twists.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I think I found a new favorite author I am in love with his work, his books are so detailed and wonderful
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great introduction to the subject This book is an easy to read, introduction to some of the most central tales and characters in Norse Mythology. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Norse Mythology Norse Mythology has never been better
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing book, I learned a lot about Norse mythology, a topic I didn't know a lot about. Great introduction.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book... I loved the way Neil Gaiman organized and put the stories together... It was quite easy to follow... I realized I'd heard some of the stories before just didn't know it was from norse mythology. I recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Norse Mythology A very engaging and enjoyable retelling of Norse Myths
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book This is like the Edda. A good collection of the Norse stories. Would recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Norse Mythology 'Norse Mythology' is a faithful and fantastic reinterpretation of the legends of Thor, Loki, and Odin. This was educational as well as entertaining, and probably my favourite book by Neil Gaiman. It's very possible that this will become the definitive book on Norse mythology for generations to come.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read If you're looking for a deep scholarly book on Norse mythology this might not be your best choice but if you're looking for a good introduction to the subject, then this is a wonderful book to read. It really delivers the flavor of the old tales.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. I have always been intrigued and fascinated with Viking mythology and lore, so I'd highly recommend Gaiman's take on it, if just for his story telling talent itself
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of his better books I'm not a fan of him, but the odd ones are pretty entertaining, this book included.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story telling just read this book and enjoyed it very much. great story telling.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Book Anything on Vikings lore and I am in! Great Story by Gaiman.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was such a great read, I loved the short stories of Thor's adventures. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok I was a little disappointed, I had more trouble getting into this one than some of his other books.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Story-telling It was a fun read in portraying Norse mythology. The way the stories were portrayed, it felt like an adult Rick Riordan book. It was a good read, especially since I am always intrigued by mythology.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman + Norse Myths = Magic!! I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman and have always been fascinated by ancient lore... so my expectations were very high. Luckily, Neil did not disappoint. I loved this collection of stories! Definitely one I can see me re-reading over again.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gaiman Through & Through Such a great read from start to finish. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it as great as you'd expect from Gaiman
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really interesting read Neil Gaiman is always great to read. Really loved how this book was put together and how he brought these forgotten stories back to life for us to enjoy.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Gaiman is a master at re-telling myth's and legends. An artist at his craft, he can weave a tale and make it magical, clever and entertaining. Gaiman makes his love for Norse Mythology known and encourages his readers to love it as much as he does; which he accomplishes perfectly. Amazing for any lover of myths.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic A great read if you are new to Norse mythology. The stories are cleverly written, and I didn't think I would laugh this much reading about the shenanigans Thor and Loki would get into.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MYTHIC! Love Gaiman's telling of the Norse Myths. Lots of rich story telling, just enough detail and Gaiman's wonderful approach to writing come together brilliantly in this volume
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amaz-ballz Dark and witty, Neil Gaimain is a god
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman - God of Fantasy Whenever I sit down to read a Neil Gaiman story I get a little giddy. I hold my book really tight in my hands and smile thinking of how I feel every time I read his books. I always feel as though I’m transported to another world with his stories. If you’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book then you really have no idea what it’s like to jump into his words, it’s like jumping through a door into another dimension where Neil has the strings and you follow like a puppet, floating from word to word. When I heard he was writing a book on the Norse Gods I was ECSTATIC. I mean, Loki, Odin, Thor, what could be better?! Side note: someone asked me the other day if this book was about Vikings. Now you know it’s not but Neil Gaimannnnn *yells across twitter* CAN YOU WRITE A BOOK ON VIKINGS ON EARTH NEXT!? On The Stories The book is broken up into stories about the aforementioned Gods and showcases each character in a different light in each story. If you like short stories but dislike when they get to be longer and should be called long stories don’t fret, these are the perfect length. I enjoyed the story of how Odin lost his eye and how he became the wisest of all. That was one that really resonated with me. It was very deep and philosophical. The Children of Loki was so clever, that was definitely my favourite one! Loki himself was so deliciously deviant I was so excited reading all of his parts. Thor was aloof as usual and I really loved getting to know Freyja. I do not want to mention any more as it will spoil the anticipation of turning the page to read the title of each story. That was such a treat!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! Have read it twice already!! love neil gaiman!!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Kevin Hearne (the author behind The Iron Druid) recommended this book and, as a fan of the Vikings TV series, I'm glad I picked it up. I know understand some of the symbolism from the series, as well as back stories to the stories they tell. This book is very clearly written, with just enough tongue-in-cheek humour to keep you interested. Highly recommended! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting really interesting, enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mythologically Fun Gaimen is a god at retellings
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting a easy read, really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from slow but interesting I thought this book went to far into detailed scenes that weren't necessary!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Love his take on this culture. So well written and engaging
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it I enjoyed this and will definitely read more by this author.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For Newcomers and Fans of Norse Mythology and Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman has taken the Norse mythos and broken it down into a manageable retelling that will easily introduce new readers to the world of Odin, Thor, and Loki, as well as please those already familiar with the tales. Gaiman tells the stories with his usual charm and mixture of foreboding darkness and hopeful remarks which melds well with the Norse world. The book is a fast read, but it is a also a treasure trove one can come back to again and again without tiring.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of a kind! This was an excellent retelling of Norse Myths in Neil Gaiman's signature style. If you have never read a Gaiman novel or short story collection before, I wouldn't start here, but if you are already a diehard Gaiman fan, then this will be a delightful read. Presented as a collection of short stories or myths and written in a voice not unfamiliar to those who have read other collections of myths, they are loosely joined in an overlying narrative. This means that the myths should be read chronologically as the outcome of one myth influences the next. It's a quick read, but will yield plenty of insight into the original character of Odin, Thor and Loki, which many of us are now only familiar with in their comic book form. Recommended for fans of fantasy, although to be quite honest I can't think of a similar book I have read recently. One of a kind!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it. didn't know what to expect but its a pretty good book.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! Such a great novel, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This book was not as good as I hoped but still a great take on the subject
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview This was a thrill to read. I can think of no one better than master wordsmith, Neil Gaiman, to retell these stories for a modern day audience with such humour and richness. Buying more copies for friends and family!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good stories, bad writing. As a lifelong fan of Norse mythology, I am disappointed with this book. I normally like Gaiman's writing but he did an absolute number on this one. It only took me a day to read, but not because I was engaged. The dialogue in this book is among the worst I have read, ranging from boring to plain awful. I can scarcely believe that I read these actual words in this book: "Odin blew some of the mead out of his behind, a splattery wet fart... one wanted to drink the mead that came out of Odin's ass.". That really happened. Why Gaiman thought those were good sentences to write I will never know, even after going back to Skáldskaparmál to check the original. On a more personal note, his treatment of Thor was abysmal to me. Thor is a figure who has been very central to my self. Because of that, I realize that many will not share my reservations, but I must at least point out that Thor is not quite as much of a blubbering monosyllabic idiot as Neil would have us believe. The best part of the book is Ragnarok, mainly because Gaiman had less spoken lines to bungle. Not to imply that the description is always well put together. For the most part, it is uninspired and forgettable. Gaiman misses a great opportunity in enriching the descriptive parts of the narrative, as that is an aspect of the myths that is relatively lacking in the poetic sources. If I may respond to other reviewers who have characterized Gaiman's current writing as traditional and/or scholarly: I am unfortunately unable to see where you got that impression from. Overall, I do not recommend this book for fans of the Norse myths. And while I'm sure that those new to the myths may find much less fault with this book, I cannot in good conscience recommend it to them either. Instead, pick up The Norse Myths by Crossley-Holland (which Gaiman actually mentions in his intro) as it is still the best retelling of the myths. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thor-provoking, deceptively Loki read No doubt influnced by the Norse Poetic Edda, Gaiman's take on the epic myths of the Norsemen (and women) is a fun, thrilling read. Simple as these stories may seem they are nonethless rich and layered with the threat of Ragnarok looming just beyond the stark frozen horizon. And that cover? Glorious.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book for History Geeks Fascinating read. A great coffee table book and a way to delve deep back in time!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love Neil Gaiman's writing. I blindly bought this because of my love of mythology. Norse mythology has always been intriguing due to my love of Marvels Thor, Vikings and Rick Riordan current young adult series. I was not disappointed, Gaiman tells these wonderful Norse tales in a manner that is not only understandable but entertaining and well written
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book will engulf you! I could not put this book down, every waking moment I could I was reading this book, amazing work
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman hammers this one down like a boss. Yes, yes, yes, an infinite yeses! I'm a slow reader but I was so enchanted by "Norse Mythology" that I read all 250+ pages of it in a day. It felt like I was sitting around the campfire listening to Neil Gaiman narrate these stories as I look up into the blanket of stars (two bright ones are the giant Thiazi's eyes!), wondering if Odin, Thor and Loki are smiling down upon us, appeased with Gaiman's dedicated storytelling prowess and the audience's intent devotion. "Norse Mythology" is both entertaining and educational. Made up of short vignettes of the lore behind these Norse gods and goddesses, I learnt so much of their backstory I never knew I wanted to know on my own accord. At the end of each story, Gaiman adds his fluid, flourishing touches, sometimes vivid observations, sometimes foreboding commentary that segue from one tale to the next, linking them up together to form an overarching narrative that feels like an epic journey, one that hurtles towards Ragnarök. Neil Gaiman's love for Norse mythology shines through from the text so much that it is contagious. That's what storytelling is.
Date published: 2016-12-07

Editorial Reviews

Taking a few modern liberties with the stories, Gaiman’s Norse Mythology delights in the gods’ petty machinations as much as their heroics. In these accessible, retold tales, fantasy is odd, and real, and dire. — Ethan Gilsdorf (The Boston Globe)No contemporary fiction writer gets more of his power from the mythological tradition than Neil Gaiman. . . . As always, Gaiman’s a charming raconteur . . . [and he] recognizes a ripping yarn when he sees one. — Douglas Wolk (Los Angeles Times)A gripping, suspenseful and quite wonderful reworking of these famous tales. Once you fall into the rhythm of its glinting prose, you will happily read on and on, in thrall to Gaiman’s skillful storytelling. — Michael Dirda (Washington Post)Weaving together ancient Norse mythology with 21st-century sensibility, Gaiman's storytelling once again recreates an entire genre for the modern reader. — NewsweekIn reinterpreting the tales so faithfully and with such abundant joy, Gaiman assumes the role of fireside bard, inviting us to sit close on a chilly winter’s night and chuckle and wonder along with him. — James Lovegrove (Financial Times)Gaiman’s masterful storytelling transcends our most vivid dreams, exploring ancient territory from a fantastically fresh perspective. . . . [and inviting us] to listen to stories in the same way we would as children: engrossed and enraptured by the magic of myth. . . . [Norse Mythology] will breathe new life into these old gods, reminding us of the power that great storytelling still holds over us all. — Dani Hedlund (F(r)iction)Mr. Gaiman milks [the Norse gods’ hijinks] for all their humor and incongruity, very much in the spirit of the originals. . . . [He] has produced . . . a clear, continuous narrative, with big scenes the same as they always were but with emotional pointers added. — Tom Shippey (The Wall Street Journal)Remarkable. . . . Gaiman has provided an enchanting contemporary interpretation of the Viking ethos. — Lisa L. Hannett (The Atlantic)