Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman | Book Review

I guess I am getting hooked to Audiobooks and Norse Mythology narrated by Neil Gaiman himself is just the best thing I could’ve asked for! I guess, the Avengers’ movies might have pushed me to give this book a try as well, Haha!

I generally am not a fan of mythology, but honestly, this book was great and I really enjoyed reading it. This book sort of makes me want to delve into this genre as well!

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 301
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Image Credits: Goodreads

My Thoughts

When I think of the book, three things come into my mind – Simple, Easy, Wholesome and worth every minute spent on the book.

I listened to the audiobook of Norse Mythology narrated by Neil himself (Anyone who follows Neil on Instagram would get what I did there! ) and Oh my! I fell in love with his voice and his beautiful narration. I wouldn’t be offended if anyone would point out that I’d be fangirling Neil like a Japanese High school girl (Not generalising, it’s just an influence of the anime that I watch).

The book takes you through a lot of stories from the Norse mythology and Gaiman makes the complexities and the sheer amount of vastness of the mythology so simple and yet, beautifully descriptive. The stories begin from the times before the Gods, the stories of the Gods and of what will happen after the Gods (Ragnarok and beyond).

The stories are all mainly focused on the adventures of Odin- the one eyed All Father, Thor- the god of thunder and lightning and Loki- the god of mischief. The appearances of other gods Balder, Frey and Freya were quite limited. Ofcourse, it is literally impossible to put in the entire Norse mythology and explain it beautifully to common men in less than three hundred pages!

This is the first mythology book I’ve ever finished. This is the most objective narration I’ve ever read which brings along pure enjoyment through the journey which leads me to doubt if Neil has taken a sip of the Mead of Suttungr which makes anyone who drinks it into a scholar!

Each story brings with it not only joy and enjoyment but wisdom to anyone who reads it or listens to it. The book is written with sheer simplicity, but taking a moment after each story and trying to think about it, one can feel the purpose and meaning hidden behind the veil of words!

The only thing I wished for was the stories to never stop. It pained me when the book came to an end. The narration was so beautiful and I just was left hanging wanting for more.

My Recommendation

This is a great book and is a very light read with a language that is easy to grasp and just simple. This is a book anyone even remotely interested in mythology should read and those who aren’t, can read it as a book of short stories.

This book could also be a great book for bed time stories for each story has its own teachings and morals, I mean isn’t that what Mythology is about? To learn from the stories of the gods and teach us the best way of living life?

And I would strongly recommend anyone who I hope have convinced to pick this book up or anyone, as a matter of fact, to listen to the Audiobook narrated by Neil himself!

I would rate it:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’d love to know if you have any recommendations on amazing books on Mythology!

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