Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. In Norse Mythology, he returns to the source by presenting his rendition of the great northern tales.
From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
I have been a fan of Neil Gaiman for some time, and like him I was introduced to the original Norse mythos through the Marvel comics. When he announced he was working on a collection stories based on the original myths, I was understandably excited.
Unfortunately, as I began reading Norse Mythology I found myself more and more disappointed. Even though this claims to be a retelling, it is little more than that. Gaiman has not done anything new, has not added any unique twist that is often so familiar in his works.
Worded in an easy to understand manner, it will certainly appeal to a wide variety of readers. From young to young at heart, any can easily handle this book.
Hardcore Gaiman fans will definitely want to add this book to their collection. More casual fans will likely want to wait for the paperback.
2 thoughts on “Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman”
I am curious as to why, if he cannot also translate from the originals, he felt he was an authority enough to retell them. He is no historian, either, so the context he could give them is shallow and modern at best. It’s sad our society can only stomach myth in the form of pure pop culture. I’m dreading the American Gods TV show also…
I agree. There are already plenty of translations out there that read much the same as this did. There are also retellings that I have found far more enjoyable, “The Gospel of Loki” being one of them.
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