- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic - GB (21 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426320981
- ISBN-13: 978-1426320989
- Product Dimensions: 24 x 1.9 x 30.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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The Bad - 1) tone of the book is somewhat patronizing, like she's talking to little kids but it's definitely not a good book for kids - way too many long words, and 2) the author doesn't stick to the myths - there is an ample personal commentary on what she thinks about gods' morals and deeds. If it was not silly enough to judge Gods (or people who came up with these stories) who lived more than a 1000 years ago in a totally different culture buy today Western standards - well, many of the the author's opinions wouldn't even be shared by a lot of of her countrymen and contemporaries.
The Ugly - that was pretty much my first exposure to the Norse myth and I had no idea about how much personal bias is in this book until I checked other sources. A lot! And some of it is hard to spot unless you already know your way around both Eddas.
All in all - it's OK if you're already familiar with the subject and just looking for interesting illustrations and something to practice your brainwash radar on. Definitely NOT a good introduction to the Old Norse culture.
It gives a very well laid out outline of the myths, from creation to Ragnarok, with snippets of historical facts, and brief captions from previous pages to keep the reader on track on how it relates to the current story.