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Norse Mythology (Hardback)

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THE NO 1 SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER



Bestselling and much loved author Neil Gaiman, whose novel American Gods has been adapted into a major television series, brings vividly to life the stories of Norse mythology that have inspired his own extraordinary writing in this number one Sunday Times bestseller



The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page - irascible, visceral, playful, passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 07/02/2017 ISBN-13: 9781408886816  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for children and adults and is the first author to have won the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work - The Graveyard Book. The Sleeper and the Spindle, illustrated by Chris Riddell, won the 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal. His novel, American Gods, has been adapted into a major television series.

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There are some books that just take you by surprise, and for me, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was one of them! I’ve always been interested in the different kinds of mythology, especially Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse. My interest and love for Norse grew with the Thor movies (which I now know aren’t fully accurate?) and after watching Thor: Ragnarok (three times in theatres) it’s become something of a new obsession. Still, I don’t read much of either non-fiction or short story collections, but it was Neil Gaiman AND Norse Mythology and so, when Bloomsbury India offered me the chance to read their newly published (gorgeous and shiny) paperback edition, I jumped. MY THOUGHTS: 1. If there was one thing I didn’t expect this book to be, it was funny. There was so much humour involved in the retellings of these myths and it really made me fall in love! “There were things Thor did when something was wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what happened was Loki’s fault.” ~ “Your head,” said Brokk. “If we win this contest, we get your head, Loki. There’s a lot of things going on in that head of yours, and I have no doubt that Eitri could make a wonderful device out of it. A thinking machine, perhaps” 2. The book was enlightening. I LOVED learning more about Thor, Loki, Odin, Ragnarok, how the world came to be, their children, their cunning and bloodlust and EVERYTHING else. It was an in-depth collection of some of the most fascinating tales in Norse Mythology that Neil Gaiman brought to life. 3. There were SO MANY interesting tales in the books, and facts I didn’t learn in the movies including: - Where Thor got Mjollnir from, Fenris (the huge wolf we see in Thor: Ragnarok) and where he came from, Loki’s shapeshifting, the real foretold Ragnarok, how the Nine Realms came to be and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. 4. There was also a short story where Thor had to dress up as a bride and IT WAS THE FUNNIEST THING I’VE EVER READ. It totally made my day. 5. Let me just end by saying that (because who doesn’t judge books by their covers. Or endpapers, if you’re hardcore) this new paperback edition is STUNNING. I love the shine, the art AND the endpapers and I can’t wait for more from Neil Gaiman. A true Norse Masterpiece that is enlightening, just the right amounts of funny and an overall heartfelt collection of stories that will make you smile. 4.5 stars.

- 02/04/2018
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Having not read a Neil Gaiman book before I wasn't sure what to expect but I wanted to find out more about Norse Myths after watching the drama series Vikings on TV. This is a great read, explaining with passion and delight the stories of the Norse gods. Highly recommended.

- 28/03/2017
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I was in my early teens the first time I remember falling in love with Norse Mythology, as soon as I discovered the tales of Loki, Odin, Thor, the Valkyrie, Hel and all the other wonderful and powerful Gods of the Vikings (who I was also obsessed with) I ate it up, I would pull books from the library and devour them. That appetite for tales of my favourite Gods has never wavered. I love to see what spin different authors can put on the stories, or even what new stories they can come up with in some cases. When I heard Neil Gaiman had written his own book of re-tellings I was desperate to get my hands on it and when I picked up the book in the store it was a thing of beauty. With Thor’s hammer embossed in gold on a black background this is a book which is made to feel as special as the contents inside are. Anybody could pick up this book and start reading the stories inside. Gaiman has opened the book with an introduction to his love of Norse Mythology, and also some background to Norse Mythology itself with a small glossary for those who may be unfamiliar with the main players. The way he has written the stories ensures that people unfamiliar with the stories will get enough explanation to keep up and feel at ease reading while those who are familiar with the stories and characters won’t feel they are being spoon fed. I was familiar with all of the stories in the book, some more than others but they all felt different with a new tone and that definite Neil Gaiman feel to them. He ensured that each character had an individual personality based on how he wanted to interpret them and followed this through beautifully in each story. As is often the case (but maybe because he is by far my favourite) Loki was outstanding, playful, cheeky, and devious. I loved how Gaiman played Loki’s cards but he also played some innocence into Loki’s character here and I’ve not seen this so much before which I liked. It’s very hard to pick between the stories as I thoroughly enjoyed them so much but there were a few which were just completely outstanding and they were: The Treasures of the Gods – about how Thor gets his hammer The Children of Loki – I have a soft spot for Hel and her story, this is the beginning of it along with that of her brothers. Freya’s Unusual Wedding – By far one of the funniest of the stories, and Gaiman tells it wonderfully The Story of Gerd and Frey – I loved Gaiman’s telling of this unusual love story The Last Days of Loki – I always find this story heartbreaking, Gaiman doesn’t hold back in his telling and it really hit it’s mark This is an outstanding book which will reignite your love for the Norse Gods, you don’t have to read in one sitting, but can definitely be gone back to time and again.

- 23/03/2017
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Staff Choice

Norse myths are woven throughout literature, from Tolkein to George R R Martin, and are the inspiration for Neil Gaiman's marvelous fiction. Now Gaiman is returning to the stories he has always loved, to bring us his version of the adventures of Freya, Odin, Loki and Thor. This tremendous retelling of these stories of gods and giants has a mythical allure that will entice you to read these epic, witty and passionate tales again and again.

Matt, Web Team

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 25/01/2017

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