Norse Mythology by Gaiman, Neil
Norse Mythology -- Neil Gaiman, Hardcover
Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology -- Neil Gaiman, Hardcover

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki--son of a giant--blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor's hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman--difficult with his beard and huge appetite--to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir--the most sagacious of gods--is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 02/07/2017
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.80w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780393609097

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.7
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 191909 / Norse Mythology

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 09/01/2016 pg. 77
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2016 pg. 84
Publishers Weekly 12/12/2016
Booklist 12/15/2016 pg. 6
Library Journal 02/15/2017 pg. 92
Shelf Awareness 02/28/2017
Library Journal 09/01/2016