I can’t believe it’s raining again. Oh for a bit of frost, or snow or sun or something to relieve the monotony of damp greyness that’s permeating everything at the moment!
This Week I Have Mostly Been Reading
Who would have thought Norse mythology could be so much fun?
To be honest, to begin with I thought “oh no, we’re in Tolkein -esque territory here” , what with lists of the sons of Buri, and those of Ymir, and Middle World and whatnot. Having ploughed my way painfully through the first of the Lord of The Rings trilogy – The Fellowship of the Ring, skipped the Two Towers and read the last chapter of the Return of the King just to check it all turned out ok in the end, I felt a sense of doom, doom and gloom, on reading the first chapter of The Gospel of Loki.
I nearly gave up.
But I am SO GLAD I persevered with this. It is a hoot and a joy to read. Loki, the demon with wit and attitude, is a wonderful character, an appealing anti-hero. The gods, with all their faults and foibles, behaving like a bunch of truculent teenagers, are portrayed with humour but also empathy and an obvious fondness by Harris. This is good fun.
I can’t comment on how true to the original sources this book is. My knowledge of Norse Mythology is limited to a vague awareness of Thor from Marvel comics (I know). But this was executed with such a fondness and fluency that I feel that Harris must be well acquainted with the stories, and the reviews I have read suggest that she has remained largely true to the origins.
Whatever. Read it. Enjoy it. 🙂
This Week I Have also been reading
I snuck this in during tea breaks at work.
I know, coals to Newcastle.
This is brilliant.
And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Librarian.
I know that the idea of one long monologue, one long ranting monologue, is a little off-putting. But this really is a very funny, pithy work.
And it can be read in just an hour or so.
And you don’t have to be a librarian to get the humour.
Or French. 🙂
Next Week I Shall Mostly Be Reading
From Norse mythology to Grimms Fairy Tales.
Not such a huge leap?