I like Neil Gaiman as an author. He’s written some of my favorite books (American Gods I’m looking at you) and I like a bit of mythology so I was pretty excited to read this. It was every bit as good as I imagined that it would be.
This sort of reads like American Gods in the fact that the Norse gods (Odin, Loki, Thor and co) seem like real relatable people. People with flaws and you can imagine them as people you know. Everyone knows someone like Loki who is just always causing shit and getting into trouble. My husband reminds me of Thor in this so much its crazy right down to him trying to kick the crap out of someone who upsets his wife. Granted my head wasn’t shaved by my brother in law like in that story but you get the gist.
The other thing that’s great is the lessons you’re supposed to learn from mythological tales like this aren’t hidden. They aren’t so spelled out that you’re bored but not so hidden you’re wondering what in the heck you’re reading or why. It’s also written in such a way you could happily give it to a kid in early highschool and it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that they could read and enjoy it. The same goes if you’re not really a reader and you wante to start with something funny.