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Editorial Reviews


"In these accessible, retold tales, fantasy is odd, and real, and dire."
Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe

"Weaving together ancient Norse mythology with 21st-century sensibility, Gaiman's storytelling once again recreates an entire genre for the modern reader."
Chelsea Hassler, Newsweek

"Evocative and lyrical.… It is quite simply a breathtaking novel that is as matchless as the Norse gods themselves."
Alex Brown, Tor

"Norse Mythology introduces readers to a deeper world, rooted in the traditions of northern story telling. And what most of us know of Norse mythology only scratches the surface.… Gaiman’s book serves as a welcome point of entry to a new generation of readers."
Bill Jones, A.V. Club

"Who else but Neil Gaiman could become an accomplice of the gods, using the sorcery of words to make their stories new? The author of American Gods transforms Norse myths into addictive reading for young and old, with high-wattage retellings that preserve the monumental grandeur of the Nordic universe but also turn it into a world that is up close and personal, full of antic wit and dark intrigue."
Maria Tatar, translator and editor of The Annotated Brothers Grimm

"A lively, funny, and very human rendition of Thor the thunder god, his father Odin, and the dark-hearted trickster Loki (plus countless other gods and monsters)."
Petra Mayer, NPR

"In Norse Mythology, Gaiman brings voice to the old myths so viscerally that listening to the audiobook every night for a week, I thought my bedroom might explode into Valhalla. The entire Norse pantheon, including dwarves and giants and demons, plays out as vividly as a novel or film. Honestly I may have to order a breastplate of some sort. As Gaiman puts it in the introduction, the stories feel like a journey from the ice and fire that created the world to the fire and ice that end it."
Lidia Yuknavitch, New York Times Book Review

"A clear, continuous narrative, with big scenes the same as they always were but with emotional pointers added."
Tom Shippey, The Wall Street Journal

"Gaiman has such a profound understanding of the conflicts of Odin, Thor, Loki, and other gods that he revitalizes them through his imaginative depictions. His interpretation of major Norse myths will draw readers into a strange realm that will dazzle and baffle and lead to a new appreciation of Norse mythology."
Jack Zipes, editor of The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature

"Gaiman’s prose is bright and fluid, his storytelling clear and cogent.… Norse Mythology ably captures the essence of a myth cycle that deserves to be better known, in an edition likely to speak to readers of all ages."
Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times best-selling A View from the Cheap Seats, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Neverwhere, and the Sandman series of graphic novels, among other works. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.

Product details

  • ASIN : 0393356183
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 9780393356182
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393356182
  • Lexile measure : 830L
  • Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
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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 May 15, 2018
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2018
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a wonderful and comfortable read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a wonderful and comfortable read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 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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