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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Norse Mythology

Updated: Jul 12, 2021


Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐


"Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok."


 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a novel about, well, Norse myths.


Having taken a course on the vikings in university which included studying Norse mythology, and having played God of War (which I highly recommend playing), I would say that I have a decent grasp on Norse myths. Or I at least enough to know that Marvel is not an accurate source.


There were some stories that I've never heard of in this which was a nice surprise. I rather liked Gaiman as the narrator since his voice fits the setting and content. If you know anything about Greek mythology, then it's not much of a surprise that Norse mythology throws the same punches. What I mean by that is the gods are horrible people.


The only thing I didn't like about this book was Thor. If you are a ride or die fan of Marvel Thor, then you should probably stay away from this because Thor is actually more or less a man child. There was an interaction between Thor and Loki that pretty much summed up how I felt about him.


"For I am still Thor, and I am still strong." "You are still extremely irritating," said Loki.


If you don't know anything about Norse mythology and are looking to learn, I would pick up the audiobook version of this as Gaiman's voice just makes the experience 10x better.

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