It is time for yet another book review! this time it is the turn of a book that I have been interested in reading ever since I found out that it existed and that book is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. So, let’s do this!
This book isn’t like anything I have read before and I don’t actually know how to classify it. it isn’t fiction but it isn’t nonfiction either. It is so hard to define. It is written like a collection of short stories but it is telling you myths, not even retelling them, just straight up telling you the Norse myths. I don’t know how to describe it, but I can tell you that I liked it.
I have always been fascinated my mythology. Goring up I was fascinated my Greek and Roman mythology. I grew up on the stories or Romulus and Remus, Medusa and Hercules, and so many more. as I grew older I fell in love with Egyptian mythology and then became completely fascinated by the ancient world in general and all the myths and stories that it holds. But I have never looked into Norse mythology. I know the basics, everyone does, Thor and his hammer, Loki the trickster, Odin the all father. But I don’t know the stories. At least not until now.
It was fascinating learning all these stories from Norse mythology. I hadn’t realised how relatable some of the tales would be. I was just so enthralled by this book. I think the story I loved most from this book was The Children Of Loki. I had a small amount of knowledge about his children already (thank you The Monstrous Child Main by Francesca Simon) but I really liked how dark and different this tale was. I have always been really intrigued by Loki and I love learning more about him.
But I think what I loved most about this particular collection of myths was the way that it was told. each myth was actually written as a story. I have read myth collections before that just don’t read well. They are distorted and confusing and difficult to read. but this collection as none of those things. Each tale felt like a modern day story and read really well. I also really loved that this book periodically broke the fourth wall and addressed the reader directly. It was just very enjoyable to read.
This book has definitely sparked an interested in Norse mythology within me. I am definitely going to need to learn more and read more myths.
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read Norse Mythology yet? what did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.