I let my father, Monty, also an avid reader, borrow an ARC and asked him to write up a guest review for the blog. Here’s what he thought about Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
Definitely worth reading, informative and enjoyable – this is my summary of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology due for publication on Feb 7, 2017 from W. W. Norton & Company.
From the initial chapter, ‘The Players’, through the closing about ‘Ragnarok’, Gaiman’s collection of stories of the Norse Gods held my interest – each one begging to read the next. I felt transported to another world filled with wonder and magic, much as I felt as a teen at my first reading of Hamilton’s Mythology, or when I was writing a high school term paper on Greek and Roman gods. I especially liked the descriptions of boisterous feasts in great halls, which spoke to my long term fascination with medieval castles.
The reader will enjoy accounts of Odin, Thor, Loki, Freya and others, as they encounter giants and dwarves, trick each other, travel to fantastic places, battle monsters, win magical weapons and treasures, and even compete in drinking contests. This easy read will take you back to the ancient world of northern tales and myths…..watch out for poison in your beer and ice in your beard!
-Review from Monty, Librarian Laura’s father. (Thanks, Dad!)
One last note – doesn’t this have the most beautiful book cover!?!
I saw a lot of early buzz about this book, so I decided to give it a try. It’s not normally the type of YA fiction that I would read or enjoy, but I did enjoy this story quite a bit. It reminded me a little bit of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart as well as a little bit of All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The story follows siblings Cara and Alice, as well as their ex-stepbrother Sam (who is Cara’s age), and Cara’s best friend Bea the summer that Cara, Sam, and Bea are 17. Every October, which is refereed to as “accident season” in their family, unexplained accidents happen, some more serious than others. Cara’s father and her Uncle Seth both died during an accident season, and Cara, Sam, and Alice seem to develop more cuts, scrapes, and bruises than normal during the season. This October, Cara and Sam are determined to find out the truth behind the so-called accidents, and they are about to uncover some long hidden family secrets. With secrets, there is always pain for someone involved, and in this story it will be no different. The story includes a bit of romance that is considered taboo and forbidden. Forbidden romance always makes for a good story line, in my book! I really got sucked into the story, due to the way the characters are portrayed. The author did a great job with character development and demonstrating the strong bonds of family and close friends. I wouldn’t consider this a cliche or too immature YA book, and therefore I do think other adults like me would enjoy it. Give it a try.