Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Another Gaiman review for you guys! He is quickly becoming one of my more favorite authors to read. I was immediately sucked in with this GORGEOUS cover, take a look- she’s a beaut right?
Norse Mythology is basically a history of the Norse gods of lore a la Neil Gaiman. In a lovely forward by the author, Neil explains how he spent years researching and compiling the stories of old Norse mythology; Odin, Thor, and Loki are the heavy hitters you all have probably heard of thanks to the massive success of Marvel. But make no mistake, these stories are not the fun, lighthearted tales of the silver screen. These are deeper, darker, more savage.
I actually listened to this one on audiobook and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was narrated by the author himself. Let me just say, this mans voice is as smooth as butter. Listening to his book was not only a literary pleasure but also a soothing relaxing experience. 10/10 recommend anything narrated by Gaiman himself.
(Sidenote: He sounded a lot like Alan Rickman to me which may be part of the reason I fell in love with his voice.)
So each chapter of this book was a different tale from Norse mythology beginning with the genesis of Midgard and Asgard and ending with Ragnarok. In between was riddled with the stories of how Thor got his hammer, why Odin has one eye, the mead of poetry, and Lokis bastard children (one of which reigns over Hell). Each story was eloquently told and rang true of the old myths and legends. They were savage at times, clever, and sometimes comical. I haven’t read much mythology, but it was interesting to read a different (more authentic) take on Thor. Dude was kind of as asshole guys. He was frequently the dimwit, heavy handed, fool of the story. Loki remained the trickster, if much more malicious and savage.
Overall a really fun read, exciting and interesting for a mythology book (nothing dry or boring here) which was made even more enjoyable by Gaimans delightful narration. Definitely recommend!
Until next week friends!