My name is Jonathan Meising. My favorite genres are fantasy, sports, and horror. The title I choose was Coraline by Neil Gaiman and I choose it because I like horror books.
I am reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I have read up to page 23 and so far it is a great book. The authors style is smooth and in third-person limited. So far Coraline moves to an old house. She feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door that is bricked up. During the night, she crosses a bricked up door. But where the door was there is a passage way. She then crawled through the passage way where finds a parallel world. There where everybody has buttons instead of eyes. Also in the world she has caring parents plus all of her dreams coming true.
I wanted to like this book, maybe even love it, but it just wasn't meant to be. Three months after starting it, I've finally forced myself to read it to the end. I've enjoyed Gaiman's books in the past and although I know that's no firm indication that I'd like everything he writes, I just wasn't expecting to be so thoroughly bored by American Gods. The story started off well enough and even ended much better than I'd expected, but getting to that end was a trudge and a half. I found I couldn't remember character names only a few chapters in or chunks of the storyline after a day or two. I suspect it'll translate better in the recent TV series adaptation so I may give it another chance there. Shame, I really did want to enjoy this.
I've never yet been let down by Neil Gaiman and Norse Mythology certainly didn't break that winning streak. In this nonfiction book Gaiman covers a wide range of Norse myths and in the process destroys what Marvel had implanted in the minds (my mind at least) of what Asgard looked like and who inhabited it. For example, Marvel led me to believe that Loki and Thor were adopted brothers. Nope! In actuality, Loki was Odin's HALF brother sooooo the family dynamic just got a whole lot weirder. I think the best thing about Norse Mythology is that it justified my interest in Loki and non-interest (is that a word?) for Thor (who is described as all brawn and no brain). I really enjoyed learning about how these myths explained world events like earthquakes which were thought to be caused by Loki struggling against venomous poison inside of a mountain. And humans attained the gift of poetry from mead that was made from the blood of the wise god, Kvasir. Gaiman doesn't only focus on the 3 biggies (I'm talking Odin, Loki, & Thor) but also discusses the 'lesser' gods and in particular the events surrounding Ragnarok. Up until reading this book, I thought Ragnarok was another word for apocalypse but actually it's better termed as a time of grand change. Yes, the world as the gods came to know it will end but then it's time for a new world which isn't necessarily a bad thing (unless you're a god I guess). This would have been a 10/10 for me except that I kept wishing for illustrations culled from historical texts. This would have really added to the short stories and made it a standout. However, that doesn't stop this from being a very interesting read and I don't think it should stop any of you from grabbing it off the shelves.
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