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This is my 600th post. And so it seemed only fitting that it should be a book review to ring in a new hundred. The book in question is this absolutely stunning book:
I’m kind of quietly really into all things mythology. I mainly veer towards Greek mythology (seriously I have 3 Greek mythology book sat just behind me at all times right now because I need them for this thing that I am doing) but I also dabble in Roman and Norse (R is mythology obsessed, she regales me with many a tale of types of mythology). And I am almost always looking to read about it all in more depth and just find the whole thing really fascinating. So the second I realised that I could combine my low key love for all things mythology and one of my favourite authors I jumped at the chance.
First of all, from a purely aesthetic perspective this book is stunning to look at. Even the front pages of all the chapters are stunning. It’s just a very beautiful book and I enjoy looking at it.
Onto the contents though, it brought to life a world that felt so very real even though it is all very mythical. Falling back into Gaiman’s writing was just so comforting and made reading this so easy for me and nothing short of a joy. His retelling of these myths breathed new life into the stories that I have heard many times before for me. It was looking at it through a different set of eyes and I am always fascinated by that element of literature, the way two people can look at the same piece of writing and yet draw different conclusions on it (it’s one of the reasons I did a degree in it, let’s be real). It kept an element of intrigue for me as well, because this was Gaiman’s version of events and even though I knew where they were going for the most part, the getting there was a bit different to usual.
I think my standout favourite story was the final one. Just because it did such a great job of building to that throughout the rest of the book and it ended in an epic way that was also cyclical. I really loved that it was cyclical actually. And also epic. It had that really epic feel that really lifted the story of the page in a way that I don’t necessarily expect from a book. I also really loved The Mead of the Poets, I just find that whole avenue into creativity and art really interesting and how it comes to fruition in people. There wasn’t actually a tale that I didn’t enjoy on some level, but those two were definitely my favourites.
One more thing about this book, it’s funny. It’s almost farcical in some ways just because it exists in a realm where anything is possible. But it was a very welcome element of the book and honestly, you couldn’t tell tales of Norse Gods without there being some element of humour to it all because it is all rather ridiculous…
I would recommend this book if you are into all things mythology. Or all things Neil Gaiman. I personally love both and so this book was right up my alley.
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