April TBR

April is here and with it a global pandemic and a ton of time to read. Along with the O.W.L.S I am planning to complete the April Year-a-thon reading challenge as well as reading a couple of additional books.

as well as one of the following books…

Overall, I am hoping that I can get all 10 of these books read as well as finally finishing ‘The Secret History’ Which I have been reading for a couple of months already!

What are you most looking forward to reading this month?

Thor Rewatch

As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods’ enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty. As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat.

Favourite Quotes

Darcy: I’m not dying for 6 collage credits

Thor: Another *smashes mug*

Darcy: Mewmew… What’s mewmew?

Thor: *walks into Pet Palace* I need a horse

Thor: Your big, fought bigger

SHIELD Agent: Is that one of Starks?
Coulson: I don’t know, that guy doesn’t tell me anything.

Thoughts

At the beginning of the movie I really enjoyed the explanation into Norse myth. I didn’t love that it didn’t really align with the myth of how Odin lost his eye.

It kind of makes sense that Loki went of his rocker

Absolutely loved the introduction of Hawkeye. I really need a Hawkeye movie.

Straight up, Heimdall is a badass.

I actually laughed so hard when Thor’s friends arrived and knocked on the glass.

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.

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