Hurricane Florence has hit my state. Very, very wet with all the rain with more to come. There's flooding in surrounding areas, but we are ok here at the Voracious Homestead outside of Greensboro.
Another from NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf.
This definitely felt like a message book. The author wanted to make the point that bullying is bad so she wrote this book with the point that bullying is bad.
I don't think it was as terrible as some other reviewers (e.g. the fact that Auggie wins an award for being born the way he is is lampshaded in the book which makes the scene slightly more palatable than if it hadn't been). But it's not great.
I thought the writing was inconsistent. Or maybe it was too consistent? Every character sounds the same, and every character sounds older than they're supposed to be. If Auggie and Via had been aged up, their voices would have made more sense (with the exception of all the use of Mommy/Daddy... what was up with that?).
I'm not mad I read it, but if I weren't aiming to check it off my list I wouldn't have finished it.
I have no comparison to make with any other re-telling or the source material, so, taking this at face-value:
This is an entertaining set of tales about the creation of the world and its eventual destruction and some things that happen in between. The best of the tales are the comedic ones where Loki is both the author of and the solution for some troublesome eventuality. It was good to finally read some of these Norse myths and it makes me keener to read the source material, the prose and poetic Eddas.