Review: ‘Norse Mythology’ By Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date: 2018
Pages: 301
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 7
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. 

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. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge 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.

‘Norse Mythology’ was my first experience reading Neil Gaiman’s writing. I think it was a great place to start. I listened to ‘Norse Mythology’ on Audio with Neil Gaiman narrating and you could really feel the passion that he has for Norse Myth.

The Norse tales are retold with Neil Gaiman’s own twists and experiences which makes them unique to his own interpretation, which his says is the best part of mythology, everyone has their own interpretation of the myths and what they mean.

We hear tales about all the Norse gods including Odin, Thor, Loki, Freya etc and honestly I was enthralled by every single one. I don’t know what it is about mythology that really captures my attention but I never wanted to stop reading. The themes of Ragnorok and the world tree are all discussed throughout the stories with immense detail and passion.

If you are someone who is interested in mythology then this book will be one that you will not be able to put down. I do recommend listening to the audiobook. Firstly because Neil Gaiman himself narrates it which only enhances the experience and secondly, because some of the names and words in Norse myth are really hard to pronounce!

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 9.5/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

Weekly Update: 7.5.19

We are back with a weekly update. This week has not been as hectic as previous weeks… I think, honestly I’ve blocked it out so I have no idea how busy it might of actually been.

I managed to finish one book this week, which was ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas (review coming soon) This book was an accomplishment to finish in just 5 days. I usually find Sarah J. Maas’s books dense, absolute page turners but dense which just means that it takes me a bit longer to read.

Apparently not this week.

I’ve put down ‘The Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody. Not because I don’t like it but I do struggle to stay engaged when it comes to contemporary reads so they take me longer.

I’m definitely going to get back to this one at some point but not at the moment.

I currently have a couple of books on the go. I want to start my comic book reads by picking up Spider-Gwen. I’ve recently seen Endgame and I really just want to be immersed in the world. I have also stated ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan. This conveniently also fits in with my Marvel immersion since Magnus Chase is based on Norse Mythology which include Thor. Some may say I’m taking it too far, but am I taking it far enough?

Both of these books fit into the #Avengersreadathon2019 which I am participating in. I am also continuing to listen to both ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee. Both books are part of my #Avengersreadathon2019 book choices.

Wrap Up: March

This month I didn’t finish reading any of my TBR!

I got half way through ‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry, before I decided to start again with the audiobook just to get the name pronunciation down pat.

I also started but didn’t end up finishing ‘Norse Mythology’ by Neil Gaiman, again I was struggling with pronunciation which really slows me down and frustrates me. Its another I’ll get on Audible to finish the book.

I did manage to finish reading two books before the end of the month.

I read both:

  • ‘Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire’ By John August







The Review can be found here.
I also finished:

  • ‘Marabel and the Book of Fates’ By Tracy Barrett

Hopefully I can get the review for this one up soon!

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What books did you end up reading this month?

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