Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Hi guys!

Here I am with another review. Before I even begin let me just say one thing: Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, if not my absolute favorite. I’ve loved every Gaiman book I’ve read so far, and I’ve read quite a few. My favorite one is American Gods, and by the way, I’m super excited about the upcoming show produced by Starz.

Let’s get right to it: the book I’m reviewing is “Norse Mythology”. It’s basically a collection of the most important stories about the Norse gods, retold by Gaiman in his unique style.

I’ve always been interested in mythology, growing up in Italy I’ve been hearing the tales about the Greek and Roman gods since when I was a child. I knew a little about the Norse gods but I have to admit I’ve always believed that those stories were particularly complicated.
I don’t know if it was the weird names or the fact that I was more exposed to the southern gods, but I’ve never really bothered to look into the northern gods stories. The few times that I did I was really discouraged by the fact that I found some of the names of impossible to read.

With this little book for the first time, I was able to read about those gods and to learn their stories, and I thank the author for the simple and interesting way he retold them. I believe there are more stories and he chose to tell the most important and the ones that were more interesting to him. Reading this book gives you a better understating of Norse mythology, and the main gods, Odin, Thor and Loki in particular.

I was really happy that Gaiman did this book because as a big fan of his work I realized that Norse mythology was a big source of inspiration for him, Odin and Loki show up in his stories more than once, so it was nice to be able to read those stories retold by him.

I liked reading this book because it made me realize how many authors have been inspired by Norse mythology. For instance one of my favorite series: “A song of ice and fire” by George R.R. Martin has a lot of similarities with some of the tales.

Lastly, I particularly enjoyed the design of this book published by W.W. Norton & Company, the cover was amazingly soft and inviting, it is a really nice product.

My favorite stories were “The treasures of the Gods”, “The master builder” and “The children of Loki”. I don’t really have a favorite quote, I chose this one because I found it funny:

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.” Neil Gaiman