Paperback Perils: Norse Mythology

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Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: 2017
Publishing House: W.W. Norton & Company

I really love Neil Gaiman books and mythology and I have been meaning to read this one for a while. So I downloaded the audiobook for Keltin and I to listen to on our way back from Kansas over the holidays. The wonderful thing about Gaiman’s books is that he is the narrator for many of the audiobooks and its wonderful.

This book is different from Gaiman’s other texts because not everything is from his imagination. Instead he read the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda and other collections of Norse myth. Gaiman then took the myths laid out in them and put the big ones from creation to Ragnarok in as close to chronological order as possible and made them as clear as possible without removing the magic. The gods are still obstinate, devious, and quarrelsome. They create chaos, cause more problems than they solve and they laugh at each other a lot.

Then there is Loki. He is the Zeus of Norse myth but instead of having problems keeping it in his pants he causes chaos because he is drunk or bored. This book is an easy way to dive into Norse myth and I also recommend it for Neil Gaiman fans in general. What is your favorite myth?


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