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Norse Mythology by [Neil Gaiman]
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Brilliant . Somehow he brings us close to this world of mountains and cataracts, monsters and elves ― Sunday Times Book of the Week

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

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 himThe 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

The ideal person to present these stories for a contemporary audience. He approaches the stories with a lightness of touch . There's humour throughout **** ― SFX

See long-dead Nordic legends brought vividly to life in this latest [book] from the master of the dark fairytale ― National Geographic --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work - The Graveyard Book. The L.A. Times has described his multi-million-selling graphic novel series Sandman as 'the greatest epic in the history of comic books'. Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films; Neverwhere has been adapted for TV and radio; American Gods and Good Omens have been adapted into major TV series. He has also written two amazing episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself. In 2013 he published his first adult novel for seven years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which received stellar reviews and was a bestseller around the world.
gaimanbooks.co.uk / @neilhimself

For more on Neil Gaiman and his award-winning children's books, visit www.gaimanbooks.com

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01LY7XGR1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (7 February 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 841 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Barry Mulvany
3.0 out of 5 stars I always loved reading about these myths when I was a kid
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2018
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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2.0 out of 5 stars Total lack of creativity
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5.0 out of 5 stars THOR't it would be worse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a wonderful and comfortable read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a wonderful and comfortable read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2018
This book is absolutely lovely to read, the retelling of The Norse myths is simple, easy to understand, but still very interesting to go over. I’m glad that Neil wrote this book in a magical sort of way, a way that shows his interest and also a respect for the myths. While other authors seem to have this tone that these myths are childish and don’t have significance in our modern world. I would highly recommended this to a person just getting into Norse mythology as it’s language isn’t over the top.

Also it’s a great book to get your friends into Norse mythology. I gave this book to a friend and in the next few days him and I were talking about the Norse myths with wonder in our eyes.

10/10 - From an average reader.
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