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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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Monday Book Recommendation: Good Omens

Good OmensAccording to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter,Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…

 

I’ve heard many great things about Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman in the last couple of months, especially following the death of Terry Pratchett. Once I was exposed to them, they showed up everywhere, and I’m not just talking about Discworld (which is a boardgame too) or the famous Neil Gaiman speech on writing.

So when a friend of mine brought out Good Omens during a visit to his home, I figured this would be a great introduction to both authors – and that proved to be true.

If you haven’t picked up Good Omens, I would suggest you do. It’s a great way of introducing yourself to both authors in a stand alone series that gives good insight to both of their writing styles in a fun way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and have picked up a couple of Terry Pratchett books in the process.


Have you read any books by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman that you recommend? Let me know.

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