Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released!

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
W. W. Norton & Company
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From Goodreads:

Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.
Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

I've been incredibly excited for this release ever since I Neil Gaiman revealed the information on his Twitter, and it just occurred to me that I hadn't shared it as a Waiting on Wednesday post! I had to rectify this, so here it is! Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and he is such a masterful storyteller that I feel he will do a wonderful job retelling the vibrant world of Norse mythology. I am also planning to take a Norse mythology seminar next quarter, so this release will just happen to coincide perfectly with that... 

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. I'm really excited to read this - and that cover is just fantastic!

  2. Norse mythology?! It sounds wonderful and now I want to read it too. I must get it as soon as possible... *checking on amazon*