Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 2017
Genre Fiction
Origin US
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN-10 039360909X
ISBN-13 978-0393609097
My Copy library hardback
First Read March 30, 2017

Norse Mythology

These are Gaiman-style retellings of the Prose Edda, and fairly straight on from the source material. They're modernized, of course, and they've got the well-crafted rhythm and pacing that you expect from NG. After just reading thru Snorri's version, there's not much new here. But if you don't have patience or stomach for Snorri's version, this is a great telling. I expect it will become the go-to version of these Norse myths.

I'd also just finished reading Nancy Marie Brown's Song of the Vikings, and she opens each chapter with a retelling from Snorri, and they are tonally very similar to Gaiman. If I was her, I'd be mad.

Noted on April 25, 2017

[Loki] is tolerated by the gods, perhaps because his stratagems and plans save them as often as they get them into trouble. Loki makes the world more interesting but less safe. He is the father of monsters, the author of woes, the sly god.

Quoted on April 25, 2017

“In their huge bedroom that night, Tyr said to Thor, "I hope you know what you are doing."

"Of course I do," said Thor. But he didn't. He was just doing whatever he felt like doing. That was what Thor did best.”

Quoted on April 25, 2017

“Cease your weeping!" he said. "It is I, Loki, here to rescue you!"
Idunn glared at him with red-rimmed eyes. "It is you who are the source of my troubles." she said.
"Well, perhaps. But that was so long ago. That was yesterday's Loki. Today's Loki is here to save you and take you home.”

Quoted on April 25, 2017

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