Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Rating: Five stars
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Was the five star rating really a surprise?
I went into reading this book a bit unsure as to whether this would be a work of original fiction on the part of Neil Gaiman but Norse Mythology is a retelling of ancient Norse myths. I’ve always wanted to learn more about Norse mythology beyond the vague articles on the internet.
Norse Mythology takes all the best myths and enhances them to showcase their truly bizarre yet entertaining nature. This book is how I found out that Odin loses his eye by taking it out and putting into a fountain of knowledge so that he can know more. Also, Loki turns into a mare, goes gallivanting off with a stallion and comes back with a foal. *ahem* OK then.
There’s one myth per chapter and each myth reads like an old fable yet told with Gaiman’s unique flair. If I can make a recommendation, this book should be read with a hot chocolate (and whipped cream and sprinkles) at night time, ideally wrapped up in a blanket by the fire.
I totally recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for some gentle storytelling with some absurdist elements. It was a nice, relaxing deviation from mainstream fiction to some super old stories retold by a fantasy master.
Norse Mythology has definitely earned The Secret Library Recommended Reads seal!
If you want to get a copy of Norse Mythology, it’s available in e-book, paperback, hardback and audiobook formats on Amazon, a-right here.
Thanks for reading!