Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Read for: New Book & I love Norse Mythology
Synopsis: "Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

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."

My Review: This book had me right at the title. I have never read any Neil Gaiman before so I didn't go in expecting his story telling like many others I have seen. I love Norse Mythology and they have some of my favorite gods and goddesses. I am already pretty familiar with many of the myths so there really wasn't anything new in this book. I do appreciate how he simplified the myths and made them easily accessible to any reader. There is also a handy glossary and the foreword was also very helpful. Of course the cover on this book is stunning as well.
My Rating: Kind of crazy that this is my first Neil Gaiman book but from what I understand it is not like his other books.  I really enjoyed the way he compiled and the order in which he chose to tell the myths. I give this one a rating of Four Paws!


  1. I love Neil Gaiman's books! I also love mythology of all kinds.

    1. Are you going to read this one? I want to know what you think!

  2. This might indeed have been a strange one to start with. I'm not a fan of all his books but occasionally he writes one I love. You should try more of his for sure.

    1. I am trying to decide what I will try next, I am thinking either Stardust or maybe American Gods since that is coming out soon.