Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.
I have mostly learned about the Norse myths from earlier Gaiman’s works. Of course I’d heard of Odin and Thor and Loki before, but it was American Gods, Sandman and The Day the Saucers Came that introduced me to the stories. To this day I’m amazed that four of the English days of the week are named after the Norse gods (and the three others after the Sun, Moon and Saturn — all gods in their own right).
This book is everything I hoped it to be. The stories are more or less in chronological order and later stories reference characters and events in the earlier ones. It begins with the beginning of the world and ends with its end. It is funny and tragic and full of wonder. And of course, explains the numerous mysteries such as the earthquakes, thunder and where does bad poetry come from.
I expect to be re-reading this book for years to come.