- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Saga Press (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148144946X
- ISBN-13: 978-1481449465
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales Fortean Times Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun" -- THE TIMES
A chatty, cheeky style that works a treat SFX Moves at a cracking pace and it's a lot of fun -- Jonathan Hatfull, SciFiNow
A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster -- GEEK PLANET ONLINE
An ingeniously skewed retelling of Norse mythology. It's fun and you'll keep going to the end. -- Callum Shephard, Starburst Magazine
A surprise from the author of Chocolat, this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief. -- Violent Henderson
Vogue quirky, amusing throughout, with an undercurrent of darkness and menace. This is a lot of fun...A must-read for all fans of Norse legends, fantasy and great writing. -- Stefan Fergus, Civilian Reader
The type of book where you've gone through fifty pages and are still hungry for more...a joyous, terrifying, tumulutuous ride. And there's undoubtedly more to come. -- Chris Nickson. Chris Nickson Harris is an expert of Norse mythology
...she makes it into a compelling subject matter that encourages the revisiting of these historic tales. -- Joe Warren, Fantasy Book Review
Loki's unique narration brings the myths to life with a grounded and modern take on the traits of the gods of Asgard -- Daniel Liscombe
Utter Biblio Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them in any way through the use of a modern filter -- Matt Adams, Herts Advertiser
It could have been a stuffy book about the myths and legends of Scandinavia, but with a brilliantly clever twist of Loki as the narrator, and his wonderful sense of wit, it both teaches and entertains Rinn Reads Harris narrative is witty and nicely-paced...The book will appeal to fans of folklore and mythology, but also, I'm sure, to fans of Loki from the marvels movies Nicki J Markus Blog Loki's voice is engaging, witty and likeable...Loki's famous exploits are conveyed with humour and verve -- Lucy Hounsom Blog
It has the right amount of epic fantasy and tongue-in-cheek humour...Harris skillfully weaves the stereotypical evil Loki into a self-aware but misunderstood antihero...a wonderful piece by a wonderful author, Well worth your time. The Tempered Pen Joanne is a natural storyteller who knows a few things about comedy timing...I was snorting with laughter in a most unladylike manner before even emerging from the cast list -- Ani Johnson, THE BOOK BAG
Joanne M Harris brings her fascination with norse mythology from her previous children's literature foray to her long-standing adult audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment...For lovers of myth, legend and Game of Thrones Sunday Sun utterly compelling and well worth a read -- BURY FREE PRESS
dark, quirky, occasionally grim, often hilarious and gloriously bold Booktopia This book is about playfulness and trickery and their darkside...there is a sly humour to this novel - both the narrator's and at his expense -- THE INDEPENDENT
a rich, sexy and entertaining tale of Loki...an imaginative retelling of the old myths, as seen through the eyes of the bad guy, and Harris (she reads Old Norse) handles it brilliantly! SAGA the first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and fun -- THE SUNDAY TIMES
Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman -- THE METRO
retells the sagas for adults, in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory -- THE FINANCIAL TIMES
An ingenious and funny retelling of the rise and fall of the Norse gods -- CHOICE
fantasy fans and those who like to read Norse myths will appreciate the Gospel of Loki. I speculate that Joanne Harris's regular readership will enjoy the book too -- GEEK NATIVE
The Chocolat writer moves into the adult fantasy world...we loved it -- BELLA
The Gospel of Loki, a retelling of Norse myths, is hilarous -- GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
mixing of ancient myth with cracking modern story telling alongside wonderful prose and pace -- FALCATA TIMES
An entertaining story skillfully written as if it was simply told by Loki himself sitting right next to the reader -- FANTASY FACTION
Fun, witty and wholly entertaining, this is a neat retelling of classic legends which maintains their ancient roots without diminishing them through the use of a modern filter -- HERTFORDSHIRE ADVERTISER
Funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining - don't miss Loki's lesson on life -- SCI-FI BULLETIN
inventive and absorbing...I look forward to Harris' next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology again Fantasy Book Review Joanne writes this story with panache and skill, infusing it with humour and wry smile throughout -- SFF WORLD
About the Author
Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and is the author of fourteen novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Since then, she has written fourteen more novels, two collections of short stories, and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in more than fifty countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science. She works from a shed in her garden, and lives with her husband and daughter in a little wood in Yorkshire.
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--She really knows her mythology (apparently she is studying ancient Norse at the moment), and almost every major myth is included (though of course from Loki's perspective).
--Her take on the Vanir/Aesir war and Gullvieg-Heide was one I hadn't seen before, and brought up some interesting possibilities for my understanding the deities and politics involved.
--It was great to see the myths from Loki's point of view, a la "Wicked" and "Maleficent". (However, it's not actually that great of an example of that genre.)
--To be fair, the book did start out strong, portraying Loki as vivid rebel about to take on Asgard; and the snappy chapter titles were entertaining.
--Loki, the star of the show, was for the most part boring and whiny. He's arguably one of the most interesting characters of *any* mythology, anywhere; how anyone could make such an interesting god this bland and one-sided, I'll never know.
--By about a third of the way through the book, the chapter titles started feeling a schtick, and Loki started to lose his panache.
--I know the runes and rune poems, but even so, I didn't understand why she assigned which runes to which god; it was not very intuitive and I didn't get the logic behind these choices at all. This component actually worked against her, because it really undermined my suspension of disbelief every time one was mentioned.
--Though I strongly approve of someone researching the actual myths and presenting them in a palatable way to a larger audience, I think she did so at the cost of a more engaging, realistic story. I feel kind of sacrilegious in saying this, but I think I would have preferred that she *not* include a myth or two, or that she had created more of her own storyline to fill in the blanks. I love these myths, but it was stretch trying to wrap them up into one coherent narrative, and the book suffered for it.
--Finally, Loki isn't the *only* interesting and complex character in Norse mythology; the myths are rife with them, both deities and other mythological entities. However, only Odin, Mimir, and Gullvieg were portrayed as anything more than bland caricatures. A good leading man needs some equally strong characters to butt up against, or the story gets boring. While a few characters ended up being more solid than they appeared, I think it was too little too late to save the story.
So overall, the story had a few good points, but a lot of drawbacks as well. I kept starting and stoppping this book several times because I kept losing interest in it, and is not my usual M.O. when reading fiction. In my opinion, interested readers should borrow the book from the library.
The book doesn’t cover much new ground Vis-à-vis the original myth and the Lokasenna. The oft-heard events are all here: sewing his lips closed, Thor in drag, his various monstrous offspring, et al. What made this book stand out for me was how well Harris captured Loki’s voice. He is irreverent, humorous, sarcastic, and above all, sassy. When he first refers to himself as “Yours Truly,” I laughed aloud because it was so spot on. The books has a lot of funny moments, such as his ruminations on sex and how can anyone enjoy it with so many restrictions? Naturally, each of the main events are told from his POV so there’s some twisting to what readers expect to happen, but always in a way that can be explained by perception, instead of the black and white of “truth.” Our “Humble Narrator” even implies that everything he says can’t be trusted; but neither can anyone else.
One place where Harris did go beyond the myth was to provide Loki with an origin, how did he come to be in Asgard, the “brother” of Odin? I loved her explanation, and how it underlay everything that comes after. The book ends with Raganarok, but I truly hope Loki’s story doesn’t end with it. I would love for him to tell more tales.
Overall, I loved the book and intend to read the others in the series (Runemark and Runelight) though I doubt either could possibly be as entertaining without Yours Truly. Highly recommended to fans of myth, mischief or re-imagined fairytales.
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