Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393609097
Branch Call Number: FIC Gaima
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 23 cm.

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Gaiman puts his spin on classic Norse mythology in this short story compilation. Characters include the famous Odin, Thor, and Loki—all larger-than-life and as grand as you’d expect.

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VaughanPLKelly Apr 04, 2017

Gaiman retells some of the Norse myths in this quick and accessible read. It might be one that you'll want to read out loud for a more traditional storytelling experience. Recommended for those interested in mythology.


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wyenotgo
Aug 11, 2017

Within the panoply of all the world's great mythologies, the Norse surely stands out as the most violent and bloody, reflecting the society from which it arose. This is the most complete collection I've yet found and being presented in contemporary English, it's the most accessible rendition. However, no writer could hope to make this set of stories and characters match the scope and grandeur of the ancient Greek myths; and it lacks the sheer charm and humanity of the Migmaw legends. All that said, Gaiman did a fine job of pulling it all together.

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MathiasNorthwind
Jul 02, 2017

i loved this,it was so clear,clean and informative!

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hgibbins
Jun 29, 2017

A very good retelling of Norse Mythology. The author covers the stories in sequence, which is something that is not frequently done. Most authors emphasize certain stories, and exclude other entirely but this volume was fairly complete.

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tallenc
Jun 19, 2017

Disappointing.

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karjanisc1
Jun 05, 2017

Good overview of Norse mythology; an easy read. Felt somewhat sanitized/over simplified, for example, "The delicate among you should stop your ears, or read no further... Odin blew some of the mead out of his behind".

SPL_Shauna May 16, 2017

I thought I wasn't in the mood for a bunch of manly gods acting manly, but I was wrong! Gaiman clearly loves the source material and has lived with these stories for years before rendering them in his own words. The tales have the brief, lyrical feel of oral stories, but Gaiman's prose renders the gods as familiar as old friends. Highly recommended for any fans of Gaiman, or for anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

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LeilaniR90
May 14, 2017

An excellent retelling of a wonderful blend of Norse Mythology stories, from the relatively well known to the more obscure. A lightening quick read that still gives a remarkably deep sense of the characters and lingering impression of their world(s). I found the pathos of the Ragnarok cycle and the doomed, demented, delightful, devious, darling Loki to ring through clearly without melodrama.

All in all a delightful work from an author who never seems to disappoint.

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amistein
Apr 28, 2017

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CMLReads_Kristin Apr 19, 2017

Gaiman did his research to fit this Norse mythology as close as possible to the source material. An interesting journey into the mythology of the past, from creation through Ragnarok. Check it out on audio, and you get to hear Mr. Gaiman, himself, read his work!

VaughanPLKelly Apr 04, 2017

Gaiman retells some of the Norse myths in this quick and accessible read. It might be one that you'll want to read out loud for a more traditional storytelling experience. Recommended for those interested in mythology.

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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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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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