Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is a British author, comic book creator, screenwriter, voice actor born Neil Richard Gaiman in Portchester, Hampshire, in 1960. Norse Mythology is a science fiction book published in February 2017. He generally writes fantasy, horror, science fiction and dark fantasy novels. Discover more about Neil Gaiman, his book, as well as ratings and reviews about it.

Neil Gaiman‘s family is of Polish-Jewish and other Eastern European-Jewish origins. Surprisingly he was able to read at the age of four. After living for a period in the nearby town of Portchester, Hampshire, the Gaimans moved in 1965 to the West Sussex town of East Grinstead where his parents studied Dianetics at the Scientology centre in the town; one of Gaiman’s two sisters works for the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles.

He was educated at several Church of England schools, including Fonthill School in East Grinstead, Ardingly College (1970–1974), and Whitgift School in Croydon (1974–1977). He lived in East Grinstead for many years, from 1965 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1987. He met his first wife, Mary McGrath, while she was studying Scientology. Neil stayed married to her from 1985 to 2007. He met his current wife in 2011.

In 1984, Neil Gaiman wrote his first book, a biography of the band Duran Duran, as well as Ghastly Beyond Belief, a book of quotations, with Kim Newman. The book’s first edition sold out very quickly. He also wrote interviews and articles for many British magazines, including Knave. During this he sometimes wrote under pseudonyms, including Gerry Musgrave, Richard Grey, and “a couple of house names”. He has said he ended his journalism career in 1987 because British newspapers regularly publish untruths as fact.

Neil Gaiman‘s notable works are: The Sandman, Neverwhere, American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

He won a good number of awards and honours on different occasions in several categories, including: Harvey Awards, Locus Awards, Eisner Awards, and Bram Stoker Awards.

He 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 fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.


The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman’s gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman’s prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.



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  1. I really liked Neil Gaiman’s retelling of timeless tales. Fun, magic and excitement are there. You literally enter Norse gods’ world. It’s an imaginative and entertaining story I read in two days. I enjoyed the storytelling so much. Neil makes the myths closer to us. It’s more than a book, it’s an experience!

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