Original title: Norse Mythology
Edition Language: English
Format: Audio book
Read by: Neil Gaiman
Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassed manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again
I thought I am going to hate the book. First of all, I am not Neil Gaiman's fan. Secondly, I hate mythology. But I have heard so many absolutely different reviews: from the most enthusiastic to the most negative.
I am not an expert of the mythology and especially Norse, I did not even watch Thor movies, so I cannot judge how accurate Gaiman interpreted the myths, but the way he did it I liked. Each story was narrated in a simple way with only the gist of the story without flowery description lost in thousands of names. If any name came across it was explained over and over again, for me it was a great help as you cannot read a mythology book in one sitting and after a day or two I start to forget who is who. So after this book I have a better understanding of Norse Gods names and rule structure than if I read some scholarly book on the subject. I wish I had something like this in my youth about Greek mythology. Maybe I would end up loving this subject as Gaiman does.