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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

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The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics.

If you like Neil Gaiman you might also like to read books by Chaz Brenchley, Terry Pratchett and Michael Marshall Smith.


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page - irascible, visceral, playful, passionate - and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman's prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.


It's virtually impossible to read more than ten words by Neil Gaiman and not wish he would tell you the rest of the story ... The halls of Valhalla have been crying out for Gaiman to tell their stories to a new audience. Hopefully this collection will be just the beginning * Natalie Haynes, Observer * Brilliant ... Somehow he brings us close to this world of mountains and cataracts, monsters and elves * Sunday Times Book of the Week * There have been countless retellings of the Norse myths, but few that give them the everyday immediacy of Neil Gaiman's wry, punchy phrasing and delivery. You feel that bumbling Thor, wise Odin, fabulous Freya and the wily Loki are part of him * The Times * Gaiman retells the Norse sagas in his own lucid, laid-back style, teasing out the humour and absurdity inherent in the source material ... An honest retelling that betrays an abiding personal passion for the exploits of dim-witted Thor, mercurial Loki, bombastic Odin and the rest * Financial Times * Beautifully told and a lot of fun * Mail on Sunday * A bold undertaking ... An excellent introduction to the stories that wield such great cultural significance * Economist * Gaiman's voice is engaging; often quirkily humorous ... The author's affection for the characters shines out from every page, and the narrative, always crisp and direct, combines an adult's insight with a childlike sense of wonder at the magic of it all * Joanne Harris, Spectator * Gaiman's characteristically limpid, quick-running prose keeps the dramatic impetus of the medieval texts ... His telling of the tales is for children and adults alike, and this is both right and wise, it being the property of genuine myth on many levels * Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian * It's the perfect moment to become acquainted with Gaiman's eerie, fantastical writing. In his latest book, he recasts the Nordic sagas as gripping human dramas, putting flesh and blood on the slippery Loki, the hard-charging Odin and others * Irish Independent * His work draws you in and eats you up with new worlds and ideas * Metro *

About the Author

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards, his work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (2007) and the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature film Coraline (2009). He has written scripts for 'Doctor Who' and collaborated with Terry Pratchett, and The Sandman is already established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R. R. Martin says, 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman'.

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Publication date

7th February 2017


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


304 pages


Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Myth & legend told as fiction



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