This was a spectacularly captivating book. I read this collection not having been tremendously familiar with the details of the Norse Legends. I knew the basics you get in school and from comic books… Thor and his hammer, and Loki’s penchant for causing trouble… but I didn’t know the history and the depth of the stories.
A consummate raconteur, Gaiman expertly walks you through each myth, adding intensity and vision. The vibrancy of his storytelling is exceptional. Most noteworthy is that he tells these stories with a chronology that gives you a greater understanding of the relationships between the gods and the other characters, including humans. This awareness of a time-sphere ties everything together, lending a tension to the tales and a weighty significance to the ending.
If you’ve ever been curious about the elusive details found in these myths, Gaiman delightfully leads you on a grand adventure not to be missed.
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