REVIEW #39 | “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook)

Title: “Norse Mythology”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Length of Audiobook: 6 hours 29 minutes

Narrator: Neil Gaiman

Synopsis (from Goodreads): “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 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. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • gore
  • violence
  • character death
  • [Note: There may be more — I forgot to keep track of them as I was listening]

Representation in the novel:

  • …They’re gods and goddesses, I don’t know if anything really counts or not?

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

I will admit, this was one of those audiobooks I impulsively borrowed from OverDrive because I wanted another book to read, and I am so glad it was. It was my first time with both a Gaiman book and Gaiman as a narrator, and I was floored.

Norse Mythology is exactly what it sounds like: it is a book about Norse mthology, with both the beginning of the world and the end of the world and some fun stories in between. You have the major players most people know — Odin, Thor, and Loki — along with many that people may not recognize. The sroies range from Loki’s trickery to how the end of the world comes about, and they also seem to go in a somewhat linear order.

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience. Like, really enjoyed it. Gaiman is such a good narrator: he not only has a soothing voice, but he puts so much emotion into the story. I am pretty sure I teared up a couple times, and I definitely laughed out loud at least five. I am surprised about that latter part. I thought it was all going to be serious, similar to a dry textbook on mythology, but that was not the case. While there were indeed some serious moments throughout the novel, there were plenty of scenes between Thor and lokie, as well as Loki one-liners, that had me chuckling out loud. I think this enhanced the novel immensely: without it, the reader would have a book with dry characters and not-as-engaging stories.

Moving on to the plot and characters: I liked how the short stories/chapters were arranged. The beginning and end were quite clear, but there seemed to be a bit more leeway regarding when the rest of the chapters took place. They sort of flowed from one to the other, and while a lot of them had repeating characters, the reader does not have to necessarily read the other chapters in order to understand the chapter they read at any given time. But why would you want to skip anything? I loved most, if not all, of the chapters/stories. They were engaging and action-filled. And the characters! I knew about Loki, Thor, and Odin (thanks, Marvel), but there were a lot more that I had not idea about before I read this novel. They were interesting to read about, and I loved all of their personalities.

Tl;dr: Norse mythology books are rad, and I love them. Gimme more.

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MONTHLY TBR #5 | August 2018

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I already kicked off the month by starting two audiobooks and a physical book! Go me! Anyway, here’s my TBR for August!

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

I had this on my July TBR, but just never got to it. However, I started it just yesterday on audiobook! I’m only 40 minutes in, but loving it so far. Hoping that it’s just as good as The Hunger Games!

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REVIEW #19 | “A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising”

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People's History of the Vampire Uprising

Title: “A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising”

Author: Raymond A. Villareal

Pages (hardcover): 432 pages

Original Publishing Date: 5 June 2018

Synopsis (from the inside flap):

“This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult with the local police, it’s an impossibility that threatens her understanding of medicine.

“Then, more bodies, dead from an inexplicable disease that solidified their blood, are brought to the morgue, only to also vanish. Soon, the U.S. government — and eventually, biomedical researchers, disgruntled lawmakers, and even an insurgent faction of the Catholic Church — must come to terms with what they’re too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world.

“With heightened strength and beauty and a steady diet of fresh blood, these changed people, or “Gloamings,” rapidly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society. Soon people are beginning to be “re-created,” willingly accepting the risk of death if their bodies can’t handle the transformation. As new communities of Gloamings arise, society is divided, and popular Gloaming sites come under threat from a secret terrorist organization. But when a charismatic businessman, recently turned, runs for political office, all hell breaks loose.

“Told from the perspective of key players, including a cynical FBI agent, and audacious campaign manager, and a war veteran turned nurse turned secret operative, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is an exhilarating, genre-bending debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.”

(known) Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • violence
  • blood
  • character death
  • ableism

(known) Representation in the novel:

  • N/A

(Since I DNF’d, I don’t really know all of the possible trigger/content warnings or representation)

3/5 stars
DNF @ 258 pages out of 432 pages (60%)

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BOOK TAG #4 | My Blog’s Name in Books

My Blog's Name in Books

Hey, everyone! This tag is brought to you by Lynne, AKA fictionophile; I found this tag whilst rummaging through WordPress, and I thought it was pretty neat. Here are the rules, as quoted from Lynn’s post:

“1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

“2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

“3. Have fun!”


S. “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

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