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review 2017-04-29 03:43
Book 21/100: Odd and the Frost Giants
Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman,Mark Buckingham

This is one of those reviews I've been putting off because I don't have much intelligent to say about this book. It's a fun, warm, and charming read -- a rather sweet take on the Norse gods and one young boy's interactions with them.

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review 2016-07-05 12:33
Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas and Beliefs by Robert Carlson
Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas and Beliefs of Norse Mythology - Robert Carlson
This is a short, but full-bodied, guide into Norse Mythology. Detailing the different worlds, gods, and culture, there is something here for everyone. It is not a thesis, so don't expect tomes of information. Instead, it will whet your appetite and show you where to look for further information. Straightforward, clear and concise, recommended by me for anyone interested in knowing more.
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/07/review-by-merissa-norse-mythology.html
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review 2015-12-17 01:38
Could have been better
Black Blade Blues - J.A. Pitts

Overall I was fairly unimpressed with Black Blade Blues. I disliked the main character, she was immature and made terrible choices and had a crap attitude. Now i know some of those choices were out of her hands (which i think is a lazy plot line to create extra drama) but that doesn't excuse everything away. I did on occasion feel for her, i can understand her reaction in relation to the PDA, at the time she was stunned and not coping very well with all the mixed emotions and guilt coming up, but you make a mistake and you apologize for it. It wasn't terrible, embarrassing maybe but not unforgivable, but she had to drag it out and make it TEN TIMES WORSE. The whole time i was just cursing what an idiot she was. And it wasn't just that - there was so much emotional and drama crap until about 3/4 of the book. filled with angsty, brooding miserable main character, who was in a lesbian relationship (once again could have been better) where i personally didn't see much connection, a tiny bit of black smiting (there was a lot of potential here that wasn't taken advantage of, least the author seems to know a decent amount about horses) some weird crap to do with a movie set (who didn't appear to be very successful. and was filled with assfaces). Then we were introduced to the action - this is what i had been waiting for!! everyone (okay some people) said this is where it gets good! and okay it got more enjoyable, but still managed to flop in some places, how can one flop when fighting dragons, trolls, ogres and giants? HOW?
Sarah likes, oh no the evil dragon has my GF i have to rescue her, she means everything to me. so does she go rescue the GF? no of course not, that would be expected, instead she runs off and kills a whole bunch of bad guy minions, occasionally looks over to make sure the GF hasnt been taken by the dragon in the helicopter which was RIGHT THERE (cause you know, of course a normal women would be able to fight off a dragon for a good 10 mins, even though he's already beaten the crap out of her and she can barely stand, makes sense yea?) then after skills hacked and killed most dudes and has run back and forth a few times she decides now is a good time to take on the dragon and save the GF, never mind she's all broken and crap from all the previous fighting. Yes least the hardest fight for last - good strategy, no way you'll end up dead.
and don't get me started on that fucking dwarf.

On the plus side, in the last 10 pages i was like yea, this is pretty good i might read the next books. then i thought of all the shit i had to read to get here and decided nope. Unless it is 100% amazing and declared by all I'm not picking it up. I will enjoy someone's spoilers instead. quicker and easier.

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review 2014-02-13 09:19
Mythology at its best
The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris
“Loki, that’s me.
Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies.
Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining. So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.
Now it’s my turn to take the stage.”
 
Loki, the trickster God; creature of chaos who played an instrumental and foretold role in Ragnarók, the end of the world and the fall of the Gods as told by ‘The Prophecy of the Oracle. But, as Loki tells us, that is the official version of history and history, being his story, can’t be trusted.
 
“And because this isn’t history, but mysterymy story – let’s start with me for a change.”
 
And that’s where we do start, with Loki, in what he calls Lokabrenna – the Gospel of Loki because:
 
Writing history and making history are only the breadth of a page apart.”
 
We are told the story of Loki and the Nordic Gods from the moment the trickster is recruited from the realm of Chaos by Odin. We watch as he is brought to Asgard, to take his place among the Gods without ever being given his own space there. From the very start he is distrusted and kept on the sidelines although that doesn’t stop any of the other Gods from using him whenever they have an issue that needs to be dealt with.
 
We witness Loki as resentment against those who refuse to treat him as an equal rises. He tells us about his rise in popularity as long as he can give the other Gods that which they yearn for and rejoice with him during his short spell of popularity only for it all to fall apart again. With the Oracle having prophesised that Loki will play a pivotal role in the destruction of Asgard it was always only a matter of time before the other Gods would turn on him and even Odin would go back on his word and withdraw his support and the promise of brotherhood. The fact that Loki, in this telling anyway, only finds himself fighting against the Gods he lived among because they never treated him like an equal and were only too happy to bring him down just goes to show that prophecies are by their very nature self-fulfilling.
 
This is a wonderful book. Loki, is a self-confessed trickster, the ultimate unreliable narrator, and warns his readers that his version of events is at least as untrustworthy as the official version. And yet, he strikes a tone that makes it hard for the reader not to sympathise with him. While he never denies the dirty tricks he played on those around him, he manages to describe those events in such words that you almost believe he didn’t have a choice. All the other Gods, as described by Loki, have bad habits and unsympathetic characteristics, while Loki comes across as charming, funny as well as opportunistic and devious. It is impossible to read this book and not walk away thinking that of all those living in Asgard, Loki would have been the most fun to hang out with.
 
“(...) the difference between god and demon is really on a matter of perspective.”
 
And Loki is both god and demon, or maybe he is neither and just fallible, or, dare I say it, human in his desires, resentments, hopes, disappointments and actions.
 
There is much to love and enjoy in this book. The book is filled to the brim with quotable passages. Some of these are pure wisdom:
 
“A man too often meets his Fate whilst running to avoid it.” Or,
 
“People tend to blame Chaos whenever anything goes wrong, but in fact, most of the time Chaos doesn’t need to intervene.” And,
 
“There’s no happy-ever-after for anyone, least of all the gods, who, if they’re lucky, get to rule the world for a while before another tribe takes over.”
 
And then there are those passages that are just great fun, while they also make you nod your head and think, he’s got a point there.
 
“But some might say that where women are concerned, all men are one-eyed, and even that eye doesn’t see much.”
 
On the surface this is the exciting, well written and fascinating retelling of Nordic myth. Dig a little bit deeper and you’ll find a book filled with wisdom as well as humour and food for thought. History is usually told by the victors. This story however doesn’t have a winner. When the battle has ended everything has been lost, the world has been destroyed and Loki comes to the conclusion that while he has achieved his revenge on those who’ve treated him badly, he has lost at least as much as they have.
 
“I’d realized that one of the things I enjoyed most was challenging Order and breaking rules – and how in the Worlds could I do that if there was no Order to challenge?”
 
Joanna Harris is an author whose books I’ve enjoyed on numerous occasions in the past. This book is completely different from those earlier works and yet there are similarities. Her talent for drawing the reader into her story, to have them compulsively read on almost unaware of the pages being turned, is as strong in this mythical story as it was in those books of magical realism. Although I know that Loki’s story ends with the destruction of Asgard and his return to Chaos I can’t help hoping, with the trickster himself, that there still is something more to come, one more trick up the Oracle’s sleeve.
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review 2013-07-25 00:00
Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs - John Lindow pub 2001non-ficlink from Neilsummer 2013ref bookScandinavian mythol-ogy was, with virtually no excep-tion, written down by Christians,and there is no reason to believethat Christianity in Iceland wasany different from Christianityanywhere else in western Europeduring the High Middle Ages.As is also uttered about Enkidu: 'Poor Snorri!'excellent as reference, thanks Neil. You can find it too: ftp://s208.math.msu.su/286000/674cf5ebe91df816b9e4adc57c596271
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