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Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by gods of old and with Norse Mythology he lends his pen to retelling the stories of his favourites. Exploring origin stories of Yggdrasil and Odin, and the many tales of Thor, Loki, and Freya, Gaiman breaths new life into these classic Nordic myths.

This is the first of my Spring Reads and another that has been on my list for years – I pre-ordered a signed copy so I’ve had this book since it’s release but for one reason or another didn’t get around to it until now. I love the Norse myths and know some of the stories from my time studying abroad in Sweden, where I took a class in Swedish Religion and History. I’ve also heard some of the stories when watching the television show Vikings, but I’ve never come across them collected like this, and told with Gaiman’s delicious writing style and humour. The stories are dark and brutal, but sprinkled with witty dialogue. They’re also short which makes this an excellent book for reading on the go, a myth here and there whenever you can grab ten minutes. An excellent read for any fan of mythology or Neil Gaiman.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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