Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: February 1st 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Rating: 4/5

Review2I will begin with my non spoiler review of this book before heading into what could be considered as SPOILERS!! *Gasp* but don’t worry these sections will always be clearly labelled beforehand so you can skip on out before that if you have not read this book!

Much as the title and cover suggest Norse Mythology is a collection of short stories about Norse myths and the Norse gods. Such as Odin, Thor and Loki. I am a big fan of Norse mythology and the Norse gods. In fact whenever I watch or read something about them I am ready to pack my bags and go back to university to study them more in depth! I just find them fascinating and have a Loki obsession. But don’t worry it generally passes once I move away from the book or show!

Anyways lets’ get back on track. The stories in this book are Gaiman’s retellings/portrayals of popular and lesser known Norse myths, legends and stories. Covering from the beginning/ creating of the world all the way to Ragnarok. I believe this is more of a collection of short stories that make up a book. As the book itself is divided into sections, those sections each being an individual story with different gods, characters and settings.

The book being divided into short stories is pretty much the only reason I have given Norse Mythology a 4 instead of a 5 star rating. I have read very few other books in this format and generally don’t tend to pick up and read short story collections. I am not 100% sure why, only that in the past I just haven’t. I think because I was not use to this format the book itself was a lot harder for me to get into. As I would be really into a story and the gods and characters present and interacting in it. Only for that story to come to an end and to have to try to dive into a new story with possibly different characters and settings. So I would mostly end up reading one of the stories and then putting the book down until another time.

However that was really the only thing that bothered me about this book. Apart from my personal reading style causing me to struggle to read this book like I normally would, I think Neil Gaiman has done a beautiful job writing these myths in his own way. Although I struggled to read the individual stories back to back. I loved and enjoyed almost every single one of them on their own. And together learning more about the gods and Norse mythology as a whole. I would have to say that my favourite story would have to be really any that featured Loki or revolved mostly around Loki. I just have a weak spot for the God of mischief. I also think that the cover of the book is stunning the little header artworks are beautiful and the writing utterly enjoyable. Which is why I still gave this book 4/5 despite finding it difficult to get into. 

This next little bit could be considered as spoilers for the last story in the book Ragnarok. It is not very spoilery but just so as not to upset anyone I thought I would warn in advance. So read at your own risk or skip down to the sign off.

I just want to talk about the last story in the book which is titled Ragnarok. Now I knew going into it that Ragnarok is the Norse version of Dooms Day/ The Reckoning/ END OF THE WORLD. Gaiman also hints all the way throughout the book leading up to this story about all the players who will be present in this last battle/ event. Despite all this I was still shocked at how it all went down and at just how many people/ gods/ characters died. I mean looking back that was probably a stupid thing of me to think, that more would make it through, I mean Hello! Ragnarok literally is the end of the world. What else did I expect? However I think this story was one of my very favourites from the book. I just loved how it shocked and surprised me and brought back and tied together everything from the other stories. How heaps of little decisions and actions taken in the earlier stories lead up to and culminated in this big battle. Just think that if only one of them had done one thing differently this may have all been avoided or had a different outcome. It was just crazy to read and think about! I was also a little bit disappointed in my little Loki’s involvement in this end game, but also really felt he was justified in a lot of ways to feel the way he did despite getting himself in the situation he did. Anyway like I said above this was overall a really good and really enjoyable read well worth 4/5 stars!


Let's Chat!Have you read this Book? Do you agree with my opinions or did you feel another way? Who is your favourite Norse God? Have you read any of Neil Gaiman’s other works or is this your first like me? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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WWW Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

This is my first ever WWW Wednesday! I wanted to participate as a way to offer you guys more regular content as well as keep you up to date on what I am reading these days. So here we go.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: So for the past couple of weeks I have been reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have made big progress on this book and actually only have 2 or 3 of the individual stories left to read before I finish it. I do plan to write a review on this book when I finish it just like I want to try and do with every book I read. However here are a few of my current thoughts:

  • I love Norse Mythology in general so learning more about it through Gaiman’s portrayal has been great fun.
  • I love Loki he is amazingly awesome! (And misguided.)
  • That cover is beyond beautiful I mean look at it!
  • Overall really enjoying this read however the way it is set out is annoying me and making it hard to get through.

I hope to be finished this read by the end of this week and hopefully can have my full review up by the end of next week to give you all my thoughts and final opinion.


Recently Finished: The book I finished before starting Norse Mythology was actually a collection of poetry called Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I smashed this out in less than one day! It is very easy to read and well set out. I am hoping to have the review with my in depth thoughts and feelings up by the end of this week. But again here are a few quick points:

  • I love the simplistic beauty of this cover (those bees are so cute!)
  • This is a very quick and easy read.
  • I found a lot of the content hard to relate to.
  • However all of the writing is beautiful and some poems made me stop and think and just wow.

So to sum up this is a quick and easy read but not all of it related to me. Keep an eye out for my review!


Next up:  Now this section is a little trickier for me at the moment I am having such mixed feelings about what to read next! Firstly with the release of the synopsis for the new novella/ short story and many bookstagramers talking about it at the moment. I have a strong urge to re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Like I can hear the books from here screaming at me to take them off my bookshelf and read them right this instant! haha but seriously I love this series and will happily re-read it for what will be the third time. I mean the plot the characters oh the characters! My babies! Feysand is like my biggest OTP and one can never get enough Rhysand in your life! He is the ultimate of book boyfriends! I don’t care what anyone says fight me on this!

On the other hand though I have many books on my bookshelf that I am yet to read as well as more that should arrive any day now from Book Depository. These include the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  I am loving the Outlander TV show at the moment so I am excited to delve into the books that started it all. Also I only read the Grisha trilogy for the first time last month and loved it so really want to read Six of Crows. Altogether though I have many great reads lined up! I have a feeling ACOTAR will win but hey I tend to read whatever I am in the mood for at that time, so I may surprise you!

Have you read any of these great books? What are you currently reading and plan to read next? What do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy reading and watching.

 

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