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Once again, Gaiman has written an extraordinary novel.
His retelling of stories from Norse Mythology is enchanting. He pays homage to the originals, celebrating their tales.
Gaiman has a unique voice that is easily recognisable, but he does not force his voice upon these tales. Instead, he mimics the voice of the originals while adding his own flare to the epics.
The novel is a collection of sixteen tales from Norse Mythology. While they are stand alone tales, they are seamlessly linked to each other. The stories primarily follow Odin, Thor, and Loki, but we also see Heimdall, Balder, Freya, and of course, Utgardloki.
One of my favourite things about a Gaiman book is the introduction. I love how he invites the reader inside his mind and allows them a glimpse at his thought process. In his introduction to Norse Mythology, Gaiman pays tribute to the original texts and other outstanding writers who have tackled the subject. He shows his respect and admiration for the mythology. He discusses how these tales have influenced him and the reader can really feel his passion for the subject.
Norse Mythology is a beautiful rendition that revives the tales of old, breathing new life into them.