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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Review

This is a book I have been interested in for a while so when I finally got the chance to read it I jumped at the chance as I heard so many good things about the book. Anyway, it is time for a review.

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This book is filled with short stories about the life of the Norse Gods and what they did to make the world as we know it. It tells you everything that you would want to know such as how the goods were created and what each of them are in charge off, it even tells you how they are going to die at the end which was an unexpected but welcomed event. You also get to find out how each god got some of their special items that make them instantly recognizable such as Thor with his hammer and why Odin is missing an eye.

The way that each short story is told is as if you are finding out firsthand by being with the gods themselves, that is just how well the stories have been written. None of the stories are any more than 30 pages which means you don’t really get a long time to spend with each God and find out more about them but because each story is based around the same kind of Gods then after a few stories you start to predict what they are going to do next.

I really like the fact that the book contains everything that someone knew to the Norse Gods would want to know. For example, it includes how each of the Gods came about and how exactly the world as we know it was made. Want to know about Fenrir and Midgard Serpent came about well this book will explain this to you and for people who want to know how the Gods are going to die then the book will also tell you how each one of them will die.

The stories have been written simply, this will make it easier for any new readers to understand the world of Norse Mythology. When I first noticed this I was put off slightly as I thought any gory details wouldn’t be included but I was wrong as it includes any gory details you might want to know such as how to rip off a wolf jaw.

Because the stories are short it means you don’t have to read the whole book in a few sittings to be able to get the most out of the book. I finished the book in 4 days but that meant I would read one story go to work, come back read another story then play a game or watch a movie and then read another story and in the space of 4 days i had finished the book. Give it a read as it will be one of the best books on myths you will ever read.

Aaron Morrsi

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