Book Review: Norse Mythology

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Mythology

Format: Audiobook

Published: By W. W. Norton & Company on February 7th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780393609097 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Norse Mythology

Synopsis

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Top Three Thursdays #6

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (09/02/17) is: Favourite Books with Blue Covers

I wanted to spread a little bookshelf love with this week’s topic. I’m not a person who owns a lot of physical books even though I’d love to, but have an extensive collection of eBooks. When I was rifling through my small collection, I noticed that I own several books with blue covers. It’s not that I’m biased towards the colour; it seems I might have an unconscious attachment to it. Or maybe all the books I love have blue covers, coincidentally. For this post, although I loved the book and have talked about it in this post, I will leave out the Fantastic Beasts screenplay book because it’s been previously featured on here.

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1. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3. The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington

What are your three favourite blue books on your shelf? Share them with me if you’d like to.

Book Review – Stardust

Title: Stardust

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy

Published: by Headline Review on September 19th, 2005

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Stardust tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love.

Thoughts

The first and foremost reason I enjoyed the book so much is Gaiman’s writing style. A fairytale for adults, Stardust makes you believe in love and magic again, but you have to be prepared to leave your reality behind in order to truly appreciate the book. It will sweep you away into a land that has an equal measure of light and dark, with memorable characters and a setting that will capture your imagination.

Please note that this book is definitely not for children as it is gory in certain places.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend this book to grown-ups who still have a little child in a sheltered corner of their heart, who’d like to step out of reality and experience the thrill of magic.

For the music, I was reminded of Fireflies by Owl City. You could listen to any music that reminds you of magic.

For the food, I’d suggest cupcake frosting – vanilla buttercream or cream cheese would both do the trick. (Warning: don’t go overboard with the quantity.)

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr