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Norse MythologyNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An absolutely beautiful rendition of these myths, with a distinctive "voice" that somehow manages to be both plain and deeply poetic. I went through this one slowly, because many of the stories read more like prose poems, & seemed far too musical to just breeze through.

Gaiman manages to call up the true dark / hopeful spirit of these myths, drawing a clear distinction between the more familiar Greek or Roman stories and the grim Northern ones with their certainty that even the gods are doomed.

This book includes an extensive & very helpful glossary of names & places, though I found a few missing when I went to look them up from the stories. All in all, a must read (and probably must buy) for mythology enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys ancient tales told well.

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