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Review: Norse Mythology – by Neil Gaiman

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Review: Norse Mythology – by Neil Gaiman

Elizabeth and I are going to try something different with this review. Obviously the two of us are huge Neil Gaiman fans, and we both read his Norse Mythology pretty much on the same day that it came out. (It’s a very fast read.) Since we couldn’t decide who should write up a review, we decided to have a discussion about the book (and the myths, and various things that the book reminded us of) via instant messenger, and then post highlights of the conversation here. Click the jump for the full transcript.
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Review: The Gospel of Loki

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Review: The Gospel of Loki

I don’t wish to brag, but really, folks, the day that I don’t have a plan is the day Hel freezes over.

There are a lot of stories about the Norse god Loki, his jokes, his mean-spirited pranks, his betrayals followed by begging for mercy and then secretly plotting revenge. But they’ve all been a little one-sided since we don’t get to see the stories from his point of view.

Until now.

Fans of the Marvel movies take note, the trickster in Joanne M. Harris’s The Gospel of Loki is not the adopted Odinson and tortured soul as played by Tom Hiddleston. This is the Loki from the original Norse mythology: red-haired, wild-eyed, self-serving agent of Chaos, father of Fenris and mother (you heard me) of Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Loki gives us a first-person account here of all the best known Norse myths, telling what really happened and how he’s honestly not entirely to blame for how it all went down. For the most part. Really.

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