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Monday Book Recommendation: Norse Mythology

norse-mythologyIntroducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.


Drew The Tattoed Book Geek reminded me of this book. I’ve been meaning to get it and everyone is raving about it. Sadly I don’t own the book yet but eventually I’ll go get it. Unless someone wants to be great friend and gift it to me haha!

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African born, published author working as a Technical Writer for Everlytic and a writer for Gamecca Magazine. He has published short stories both internationally and locally, and is hoping to publish a novel in the near future. He is an avid reader, inspired blogger, and an aspiring digital artist.

6 responses »

  1. When I was younger I was very much into myths. This sounds like something I should check out sometime.

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  2. I’m such a sucker for lore and mythology. Doesn’t matter what time period or culture. It’s all fascinating to me. My book, The Heaven Corporation, is deeply rooted in Christian lore and I think once the characters in that book relinquish their hold on me (they won’t stop pestering me to write a sequel so I have to oblige), I might explore a different area of mythology. I’ll have to pick up this book for myself.

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  3. I’ll read anything by Neil Gaiman!

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