Book review: Old gods get new life in ‘Norse Mythology’ – Roanoke Times

Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:00 am

Book review: Old gods get new life in ‘Norse Mythology’

By Tiffany Stevens
tiffany.stevens@roanoke.com
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Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology” is the book to reach for when it feels like the world is coming to an end. Because it is coming to an end — at least, it is for the gods.

The world ends by fire and ice, just as it began with ice and fire. The sun disappears, swallowed whole by the giant maw of Fenrir, Loki’s dreaded wolf-son. The father of all gods and humans, Odin, faces Fenrir and is devoured forever. Thor, Odin’s strongest son, falls after slaying Jörmungandr, the serpent that circles the world.

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