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review 2017-08-19 21:09
Great take on the Cycle
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

It was gloriously awesome. How much of the merit goes to Gaiman and how much always belonged to the myth compendium has little bearing in my enjoyment.

The stories are tall tales indeed: huge, fun, magical, gruesome. The characters are as great as flawed: Odin lies, cheats, seduces and steals; Thor is a block-head to which every problem is a nail (hah); and Loki is the charming psychopath. All this is more or less merit of the Edda.

The book is a fast read, very approachable, very engaging, and the order of presentation and building makes it easy to follow the names and elements. The text is cheeky, and has many little asides that had me in stitches, turning wistful and lyrical as we come to the bittersweet end. All this, plus some nuances to the dialogues that made them hilarious (or creepy, or bittersweet), was Gaiman I reckon.

It is a book I want to buy. I want to re-read it, whole and by pieces. Have it as a reference. Read from to my children. Also, as an object, it is a beauty. Full stars.

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text 2017-08-16 03:42
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 256 pages.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I'm only at the players list, and already think this is grand.

 

I have a superficial, but more or less workable knowledge of Norse mythology and it's stories, but I love Gaiman, and the good stories are always good to hear or read again, and myths of any kind are exactly that. The way he's presenting the characters has me in stitches already. I also like how he pinpointed one of the aspect that makes this set so poignant to me, which would be Ragnarok. I guess it is this bittersweet idea of finality that makes it all more intense, more lively... and I'm running into review territory just starting, lol.

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text 2017-08-03 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 235 out of 384 pages.
Wildfire - Ilona Andrews

Lol, that's quite a through array of orders for someone that felt couldn't give them. For an aftermath too.

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review 2017-07-22 01:19
Fast race, turn of the century style
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

That was awesome! I love when these classics turn out to be addictive page-turners. Even though I knew Fogg had to triumph, I admit I had several moments of true anxiety, so double points.

 

Into the podium of Verne's favorites it goes. Now, what do I do with this furious raging of my wanderlust?

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review 2017-07-22 00:13
I'm grinning like mad
And One Last Thing ... - Molly Harper

Start to finish, this was a huge entertainment. From the vengeful start to the amusingly ridiculous encounters with Monroe, plus the whole cast of secondary characters, all colorful in their own way, all of it was made to get laughs and smiles out of me.

 

I'd forgotten about this author, and the way she mixes humor into the embarrassing. It feels like reading a fictional "This looser is you, and that's OK, you can laugh at yourself and proceed being awesome".

 

Spirit-lifting Free Friday Read.

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