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Neil Gaiman is working on a book of Norse Mythology

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I like the sound of this new book. Neil Gaiman’s work has often featured Norse Gods and the surrounding mythology. American Gods and Sandman are just two examples.

The publishers W. W. Norton asked Gaiman if he wanted to write about all about Norse Mythology so he jumped at the chance. Here is what he had to say about it.

To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true. I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.

Those Norse tales have accompanied me through pretty much everything I’ve done. They ran like a vein of silver through Sandman, they were the bedrock of American Gods

The book is due out next February and the NY Times had the following description:

It is an almost novelistic retelling of famous myths about the gods of Asgard. The book will explore the nine Norse worlds, which are populated by elves, fire demons, the Vanir gods, humans, dwarves, giants and the dead. There are ice giants and elves, familiar deities like Thor, Odin (the wise and occasionally vengeful highest god) and Loki (the giant trickster), and a frightening doomsday scenario, Ragnarok, where the gods fight a fire giant with a flaming sword in an apocalyptic, world-ending battle.

I shall definitely be picking this one up.

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