Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #26: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman




Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for! 

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title:  Norse Mythology
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Expected Publication Date:  February 7th, 2017
 


 


Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

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'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's works and I've always loved the way he revisions ancient myths and fairy tales and I'm definitely looking forward to this book!



So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

16 comments:

  1. I really like that cover! I also like myths so I'm curious to see what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  2. Oh my gosh, this is the first I've heard of this one! I definitely need to add it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing it! And thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post earlier!

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  3. This one comes out really soon! You don't have long to wait at all. :)

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  4. Surprisingly, I've not read anything by Gaiman. I know he's a really popular author but I think I'm a little too young to know the hype. I'm curious about this one, mostly because of the cover. :D I hope you enjoy this book when you get a chance to read it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a great week, Ronyell. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  5. Oh, yes. I have my eye on this one. I love Norse mythology. I love Gaiman. This is going to be heaven on paper. Can't wait!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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  6. Oh wow nice pick! This looks good, and Gaiman is such a good writer (or so I hear; I haven't read him yet).
    Thanks for visiting my WoW yesterday!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  7. Gaiman is absolutely one of my favourite authors! I just re-read Anansi Boys which revolves around Caribbean and African folk tales. I'm looking forward to discovering how he interprets Scandinavian myths.

    Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits

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    1. I've read American Gods and I've really enjoyed the way that Neil Gaiman interpreted mythical gods! I"m really excited for this book!

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  8. This sounds so good, I hope you love it! Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my WoW earlier. :)

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