“An ode to Odin…”

Afternoon all!

For Books Beyond The Story, October is absolutely jam-packed with all sorts so be prepared for a few busy weeks from blog tours, reviews, author appreciation posts and more including a Halloween Special… a first for Books Beyond The Story!

So, before all that kicks off, I’ve decided to post a review for a much loved author, Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is one of those authors who, I feel, can never write a ‘dud’. Every time I’ve read one of his books I admire Gaiman even more. From the other-worldly whimsical journey of ‘Coraline’, the fantasy and courage of ‘Stardust’, and the thought-provoking plot of ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’, it was inevitable for me to get my hands on a copy of ‘Norse Mythology’ (Thanks to my boyfriend).

Imagine yourself immersed in atmospheric Scandinavia, traveling through the tales and myths of Odin, Thor, Loki, giants, dwarves and more. As you trudge across the forests and mountain snow caps, legends greet you along the way. For each page you turn, each step you take, leads you deeper into the marvellous myths of old…

This re-telling of Norse mythology is simply stunning. You get to read some of the most notorious tales but with the added wit and voice of Gaiman. He really has put his own spin on them yet stayed true to the original stories. This is just one of the skills that Gaiman should be praised for. He has many talents varying from writing spectacular stories, comic book series and his capacity to make you feel every emotion whilst reading his works.

Gaiman has the ability to draw you into a story only by a few words. I was automatically hooked with this book and got through it quite quickly simply because I couldn’t put it down. It’s hard to pick the stories that I’d class as ‘favourites’ because I enjoyed reading all of them, each with different reasons. The ones that I will probably remember the most though, are ‘Mimir’s head and Odin’s eye’, ‘Loki’s children’, and ‘Ragnarok: the final destiny of the gods’. If you are familiar with marvel comics, you will probably see some familiar characters too. Marvel, and comics in general, have become part of pop culture over the years with some of the ‘superheroes’ inspired by Norse Mythology. Even the book jacket mentions comics and even the world of Tolkien taking inspiration from the tales. It just proves how myths and legends have been told time and time again, interpreted in different ways and explored to new depths. And, through all this, Gaiman still manages to bring a freshness to it and also reveals how they all began.

RECOMMENDATION

This review was relatively short because, well, it was about short stories and I would hate to spoil them! I hope I’ve encouraged you to read this book! I would recommend ‘Norse Mythology‘ for those who enjoy fantasy, sci-fi and the other works of Gaiman. Equally, if you’re wanting to branch out your reading comfort zone and fancy something in this category, this book is great as it contains 16 short stories (with characters overlapping) so it’s a good introduction to the genre!

I have always been a fan of Gaiman and this book has only cemented that long-known fact! Gaiman is a genius in his own right (and I did love the episode of The Simpsons, “The Book Job”, that he guest starred as himself in! Is there nothing he can’t do? 😉 )

If this book sounds right up you street, click the links below to get your hands on a copy!

Amazon UK

Amazon US

As always, comment what you think!

Happy reading! Lx

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