Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman Year Published: 2017 Mythology

Fantasy writer Gaiman stays true to the Norse myths in evisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong, and Loki - son of a giant - blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the nine worlds and delves into exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants.

Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods' fiercely competative natures, susceptibility to being duped and duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.