“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”
Read: June 2017
For fans of mythology, you’re in for a treat! Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, a retelling of myths about the Norse Gods, is a nice entertaining read. The blurb initially interested me very much. For some reason I was expecting there to be more cohesion throughout the stories, however, this is your typical collection of mythology, in which it collects various stories with little to no continuity each with the other. This remains true until the last story, Ragnarok, where certain events taking place in previous stories have effect in this last battle. Characters like Odin, the All-father, Thor, the beefy thunder god and Loki, the trickster, take center stage for a great part of the book. Gods, giants, trolls and other mythological creatures abound.
For me, this was an entertaining, often whimsical read. If you’re feeling drained from a previous book or don’t want to delve into anything too serious, this is a great choice. This one is a good one to have by the bed to just curl up and chill or read to the kids.
3 out of 5 mortars