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The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
  

The Gospel of Loki

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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. 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. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

Reviews

'a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales' Fortean Times

'Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun' THE TIMES

'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

About the Author

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an OSCAR-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and many other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

Joanne M. Harris

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Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Fantasy
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ISBN

9781473202375

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