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The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  

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As the title suggests, this is a retelling of the Norse myths from the point of view of Loki, the Trickster God. He is a figure often thought of as ‘evil’ though I have never believed this. Tricksters are a vital part of mythology, for example in the traditions of Alaskan Native American tribes, it was the Trickster, in their case a raven, who created the world. So it is nice to see Loki take his rightful place. This is a wonderfully easy read with a flowing storyteller’s style and a charmingly mischievous voice, using modern colloquialisms freely. It is episodic, like a set of short stories by the same narrator, making it simple to read a few chapters here and there without losing the thread.

If you like Joanne Harris you might also like to read books by Maggie O'Farrell, Jane Fallon and Barbara Erskine.

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The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.

Reviews

A chatty, cheeky style that works a treat SFX Moves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of fun -- Jonathan Hatfull SciFiNow

A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster - GEEK PLANET ONLINE

An ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end. -- Callum Shephard Starbust magazine

About the Author

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris was our Guest Editor in June 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook. She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter.

Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on JOANNE HARRIS

I have thoroughly enjoyed all Joanne Harris’s books but Gentlemen and Players I quite simply adored. I loved the character Roy Straightley, an aging Classic’s teacher with a dicky heart, clinging tenaciously to honest old values, his delightfully ironic sense of humour, his warmth, his dedication. In his secure hands we are led into such a gripping story with so many twist and turns that my only sadness was that it had to end.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Joanne Harris

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Hardback

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9781473202351

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