Norse Mythology ★★★★☆

4 stars

I bought this book with the intention of reading it slowly and in between other books but once I started it I decided that I needed to read it all. The book itself isn’t long so I read it in three days because I read it only at night but I’m sure this is the type of book that you can read in one day.

I’d also like to say sorry for not posting on Thursday like I normally do. I have my ap environmental exam on May 1st so I’ve spend a large majority of my time studying for that. I will have a review up on Tuesday but from then on I think most of my posts will be book tags and they probably will be shorter. My last exam will be on May 10th and so after that, I will definitely have time to write some more reviews! This, of course, is all what I think is going to happen and maybe I’ll write a review before my final exam but I thought I would at least tell everyone. 

Goodreads Summary:

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 fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

My Review: 

So this book has relatively short chapters and that made it really easy to read in a short period of time. I really love reading mythology and since I love the Marvel universe I thought that this would be a great read (I know this is actual mythology but I won’t lie and say I didn’t partially pick it up because Loki was in it). I wasn’t wrong! This book while informative on Norse myths was also incredibly interesting and I couldn’t stop reading it. 

The book ends with the fate of the Gods and this was incredibly well done. Throughout the book, you see the progression of the Gods story and like I’ve said before, it was incredibly interesting. This book is incredibly well researched and you can easily see how amazingly well done it is throughout the book.

Loki, of course, was my favorite and I really enjoyed reading about him. Thor and Odin were alright but I definitely preferred reading about Loki the trickster. While he might be seen as evil, I think he is just a god that likes to stir the pot before it gets stale.

I don’t have much to say about this book because it is so short and I think the only way to really understand it is to read the book. I mean that in the way that I don’t really want to spoil any of the seemingly short stories. I loved the writing style and the entire book kept me interested in the stories about Loki and Thor.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mythology and wants to read about Loki and Thor. This book has some chapters that may not be the best for children under 14 but everyone knows their own boundaries. It is also a good book for anyone that likes to have a short book to read inbetween trilogies because of how easy it is to read.

 

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