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review 2017-03-24 19:40
Wonderful and Exceptional
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was exactly what I needed. The real world has been bumming me out lately, so this was the perfect escape that I needed.

 

As I mentioned in my previous update, I knew very little about the myths of Odin, Thor, Loki, etc. The little bit that I did know comes from the comics, and just recently seeing some of the Marvel superhero movies.

 

Knowing that this has Gaiman’s fingerprints all over it, I couldn’t resist. I figured this would be a great way to introduce me to their world. And I was right. The tales in this book feel like a whole novel when you read them all in order, yet some in here are so entertaining and well done that they can stand on their own. He gives you a little background on the main players, setting, and so on at the very beginning of the book without hammering you over the head (see what I did there? eh? eh?) with endless amount of details to slow it all down. He gives you enough to get the feel of it all.

 

Some of my favorite tales in here were “The Treasures of the Gods,” “The Master Builder,” “Freya’s Unusual Wedding,” “Thor’s Journey to the Land of the Giants,” and “Hymir and Thor’s Fishing Expedition.” They’re all good, but those are my favorites. (Try reading/listening to "Freya's Unusual Wedding" without ever cracking a smile or laughing...)

 

If you listen to audiobooks, then I highly recommend getting it for this. Neil Gaiman once again delivers a flawless performance. If you’ve listened to his readings before, then you know you’re in for a treat.

 

These stories are filled with excitement and humor. And they can also get rather dark. I loved this journey that Gaiman takes you on. The only real bummer was finishing it so quickly. I never wanted it to end.

 

I know it’s early, but right now Norse Mythology is my favorite book of 2017. Even if I do read something else that takes its place, it’ll remain on my list of favorite reads of the year. A winner in every way.

 

5 stars

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text 2017-03-23 22:41
Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I am loving this. Such a perfect escape with all of the crap that's going on lately in the world. I admit that the very little I know of Thor, Loki, Odin, etc. comes from Marvel comics and movies. In fact, I just started catching up on some of the superhero movies that I've been putting off for a while now. That makes this even more enjoyable, as I can actually picture those actors in the roles while I read/listen to this.

 

Neil Gaiman reads this flawlessly. I highly recommend the audiobook.

 

I'm so bummed that it's almost over. I don't want it to end. I don't want it to ever end. I know it's early, but this is definitely one of my favorite books of 2017.

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review 2017-03-08 02:13
The Unyielding
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

This was great. I was so upset when Laurenston stopped writing more novels for her Pride series. Well, I am over it and am happy that she is spending her time on these now. I rated the first two books in this series high, but this one far surpassed.

 

The main characters in these books are Skuld's warriors, a crazy bunch of women who were rescued from the afterlife. We also see other character who are warriors for various other Norse gods: Odin's Ravens, Thor's Giant Killers, and more. In this book we get shifters added to the mix too. I have to wonder if at some point the Pride series will somehow tie into this series, one can obsess hope.

 

In my opinion this is one of the best paranormal romance series out, as good as books by Cole, Ward, and all the other major PNR authors. Reminds me of a Lords of the Underwolrd/Immortals After Dark love child. 

 

If you love PNR, definitely put this at the very top of your TBR. 

 

Review copy provided through Netgalley. 

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text 2017-03-04 00:09
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Can I please hire Neil Gaiman to just read everything to me? Good LORD this man has a voice that just melts me. The audiobook opened, he started reading, and I was rapt. I mean, the first chapter is basically his introduction to the book, and I was INVOLVED.

 

What me? Have a crush on Neil Gaiman?

 

You're damn right I do.

 

Pardon me while I go revel in his voice some more.

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text 2017-02-24 23:30
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

“I . . .” She took in a deep breath. Let it out. “I fucking love being a warrior for a Viking god.”

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