Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Read harder Challenge: No
Star Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ /5
Why: First of all, I love Neil Gaiman. I picked up this book because I love Neil Gaiman. This is a slim book containing Norse mythology (as the title may suggest). It is not new information and the stories contained within are not Gaiman’s stories. So why did I read this, and why is it worthy of 5 stars?
First, Gaiman is uniquely positioned to write this story. His extremely well-reviewed novel American Gods borrows heavily from Norse mythology. I knew that he would treat the topic with respect, as he has shown a deep interest in it. Additionally, Gaiman is in my opinion one of the best story tellers in the 21st century. From adult novels like American Gods to children’s tales like Fortunately, the Milk, Gaiman has shown himself to be singularly adept at weaving a tale. Norse myths deserve such tales to be told. And finally, I love Norse mythology – my father, who I adore, has a tattoo of Odin on his bicep. So, what else was to be done than devour this quick read?
This collection of short stories is peak Gaiman, with beautiful turns of phrase, simple syntax, and clever bits to smile at if you’re paying attention to what you’re reading. I can’t recommend it enough for that reason, since any book of mythology has a penchant toward being dry as it is shoved full of details (sorry, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, but it’s true), and Norse mythology itself has a tendency to end of a little bloody and violent, so some dry humor helps the medicine go down.
I will recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I recommend it to you, without hesitation.
I’ll leave you with some Thoughts of Thor: “I’m not happy about any of this,” said Thor. “I’m going to kill somebody soon, just to relieve the tension. You’ll see.”