Date started: 5/15/17
Date finished: 5/20/17
For #16 of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A book that’s published in 2017.
At first I thought this was going to be difficult. A book published in 2017? What’s coming out anymore? I’m so behind on the book times. A little research and BAM, I found out Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman was coming out February 7, 2017. What luck!
At first, I, like many other people probably thought this book was going to be a fiction novel maybe based around Norse mythology. Sorry my friends, it’s about Norse mythology, you know some of our favorite Marvel characters: Thor, Loki, Captain America, and Odin and their godly exploits.
The best way I could think of for reviewing this is doing the following:
What I learned from Norse Mythology is:
1. Norse gods and goddesses aren’t naturally immortal. I thought this was a given in every mythology. Instead, they rely on the goddess Idunn. When a god or goddess feels age creeping up on them, they go to Idunn for their dose of youth making golden apples.
2. Thor really loves bashing people with his hammer and killing them. I think that’s how every story ends. If he can’t bash them with his hammer, he just kicks them in flames of a pyre.
3. Thor does bad drag.
4. Someone wants to marry Freya, the Norse gods make a deal for the person to marry Freya, and Freya doesn’t want any of that.
Freya is my favorite character in the book even though she gets very little time in these myths. I particularly like her line “Hit him again” concerning Thor bopping Loki on the head with his hammer (188). I’ll admit I giggled a little bit to that.
As the book progresses, it becomes very apparent that within the lighter more humorous stories there is the overhanging darker tone in the form of the story about Ragnarok. Many of the stories in the book mention a little bit of Ragnarok. His Ragnarok story is the climax of the book, every other story helped build into the grim reality. After Ragnarok and the death of many heroes and villains, Gaiman ends his book with the end of the old Norse gods, and the beginning of a new hopeful future with the survivors of Ragnarok.