Waiting on Wednesday: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  My book this week is : Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.  Oh my giddy aunt!  Norse mythology.  Neil Gaiman.  Do I really need to say it again.  Okay.  Third time’s the charm: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman.  Colour me happy. 

norse-mythologyNeil 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.

Due February 2017

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12 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman”

  1. Book Club Mom

    Neil Gaiman has such an amazing imagination! Great preview!

  2. Tammy

    I have to admit I’m not a huge Gaiman fan but this sure looks intriguing. And very ambitious! I’ll be curious to read some reviews.

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I haven’t read anything by Gaiman. I know, don’t shoot me – I do own a few of his books and I know a lot of people love him. I’ve seen this one getting quite a bit of hype which I’m sure is expected. Hope you love it!

  4. Carmen

    Ooh, this one sounds intriguing!

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I have to echo Tammy in that I’m not really a Neil Gaiman fan, but on the other hand I do love Norse mythology! When I saw this it really intrigued me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I find Gaiman a little bit of a conundrum – he does some really dark and gritty stories that actually almost cross the line of being palatable (for me anyway_ and then he does these lovely whimsical but slightly scary stories that have a fairytale feel that I really like. So, yeah, some of his work I love and others not so much. I love the Sandman series – but I admit it really can be incredibly violent and bloody, I love The Graveyard Book, even though it took me a while to pick it up because I thought it was going to be for children more than adults, but then I’ve always been almost a bit scared to pick up American Gods – I will get to it one day. It will be interesting to see what he’s done with this, given that he can have a really dark streak!
      Lynn 😀

  6. cali

    I cannot wait for this one!

  7. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I’m looking forward to this one too! I only discovered Neil Gaiman a few weeks ago ((crawls out from under rock)) and have already read 2 of his books and am about to finish the 3rd.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I’ll have to come and stop over to see what you’re reading now…

  8. Weezelle

    Okay, I need to confess tha I just don’t know who Neil Gaiman is! I could do a google, but perhaps you could tell me why you love him?

    • @lynnsbooks

      He’s a very good author. You may have seen some of the film adaptations of his work – Coraline or Stardust? He writes fantasy and it varies between whimsical to dark. I love his writing style. He also wrote a graphic series called The Sandman which has something of a cult following.
      Lynn 😀

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