Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pub Date: February 7th, 2017
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Neil 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 fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. 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 unsurpassable 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.
It’s not you Neil Gaiman, it’s me. Or maybe it’s you? It just wasn’t for me, or the author just didn’t deliver the appropriately engaging story. Norse Mythology is exactly what the title says – collection of Norse myths rewritten by the modern author. It sounded interesting, and I like Thor and Loki in Avengers, so why not to learn the original story of those characters before there were adapted by Hollywood.
I couldn’t get into the stories, I struggled to keep my interest and keep reading. I managed to read the whole book but the last few pages. I just gave up at that point, I couldn’t stand another minute with this book. It had its moments, I learned few things and some of the myths were almost interesting to me. But among the enormous sea of boredom that this book was for me, it was very easy to make things just a little bit interesting for me. Truth to be told, I think that the introduction was the most interesting part of the whole book for me, it was written with a certain wit that I liked, and it is what sold me on reading the whole book. But I was fooled, after the introduction, it all went downhill quickly.
What else can I say – not much can be written about the boredom. This book didn’t even make me angry so I could rant for pages about her. It was just a snooze fest with few bits and pieces of a moderate fun.