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.
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.
I gave this 5 stars instantly without thinking, for multiple reasons.
First I love mythology, and I like reading different myths across the world and see how they are actually similar and sometimes intertwined so this was an instabuy. Neil Gaiman who is hands down one of my favorites authors manages to bring the centuries-old characters to life in such a charming and funny way. As always his Gods are well contoured and full of personality.
The story is fast-paced and action-packed and ties perfectly into important aspects of human nature (as myths and legends always do). Helping you see why they were created in the first place and better understand the need humans always had for stories and higher powers.
North Mythology is told in short stories (and this was never my cup of tea) which can for some of us break the peace but are so smoothly sew together that is easy to get lost in them wanting to read just one more while at the same time offering the option to come back and re-read a story as a short standalone.
I recommend this wholeheartedly, the witty, smart characters and the charming stories make this one of my favorite books.