Book Review: “Norse Mytholgy” by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil GaimanWhile we have probably all read or heard plenty about the gods of the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, it is unlikely that any of us really know much about Norse mythology. And so it is that I found the idea of Neil Gaiman’s book retelling some of those stories to be an exciting one. It is broken into short stories, many of which explain how the things we encounter came to be, as is often the case with these sorts of tales, and which all sort of connect into a larger story arc. Odin, Thor, and Loki wind up being the dominant characters here, and feel surprisingly well-developed, though no one else really is. While the language has been updated to feel modern and some attempt has been made to tie everything together, it still feels more like you’re reading a compendium of myths, which of course you are, but it does mean that things feel a bit disjointed. Still, this is a very enjoyable book, and while it’s certainly not Gaiman’s best work, it is well worth the time of anyone with even a passing curiosity in the subject matter. ★★★★ – Sean Farrell


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