After finishing Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys a week before the release of Norse Mythology, I could not resist preordering it. Although not a traditional Gaiman novel, it nevertheless offered more of his entertaining writing style. Before reading, I was not familiar with the traditional interpretations of the Norse myths, my only true introduction to the Asgardian deities was through the works of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, in Marvel’s Thor, in the comics and more recently on screen.
It was apparent after the first few pages that Gaiman had managed to instil his unique, captivating writing style into the old tales, and make them feel new and approachable for a whole new batch of readers. He manages to breathe life into the vast array of characters in the connecting myths with his use of modern dialogue, making the stories suitable for children and adults alike. Gaiman has meticulously researched the myths and handpicked and written an easy to follow set of stories, each branching inwards and connecting towards the impending doom of Raganorok.
As a fan of Gaiman and the news that he is working towards a new book set in the world of Neverwhere, I’m looking forward to what comes next, but it would be a shame if he did not at some point in the future revisit the world of Thor, Loki and Odin, or visit their Greek, Egyptian or Roman counterparts.