Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Released: March 6th, 2018
Are you a fan of Neil Gaiman? And are you also a fan of Norse mythology – such as the lore of Thor, Odin, and Loki? In that case, this is absolutely a novel you’re going to want to check out. Norse Mythology is Neil Gaiman’s take on well…Norse mythology! (duh).
Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that this is less his take on the lore behind Norse mythology, and more a case of him fleshing out and compiling many of the stories he could find. In that sense, a lot of the stories here will feel familiar. But many of them will be new as well, since Neil Gaiman went out of his way to collect as many of them as possible.
“Of course it was Loki. It’s always Loki.”
Norse Mythology was a entertaining and delightful read; an enthusiastic dive into Norse mythology, as collected and seen by the one and only Neil Gaiman. It was fascinating seeing his words flesh out these tales of lore that are so familiar to many of us. And it’s something I’m really grateful that he did.
This is probably the first time that I’ve read all of the legends in one place. It’s certainly the first time I’ve seen them compiled in such a way that they read together as one complete novel. It’s a unique reading experience, and one I would strongly suggest every one give a chance.
I know that this was probably not an extremely in-depth review of Norse mythology as a whole – that book would be a whole lot larger. But it is an excellent starting point for many. And a charming refresher or excursion for those more aware of the lore. No matter how you look at it, this book is a fun read.