So today has been spent mostly watching old episodes of the Tick, adverts from the 80’s and 90’s, and finishing the audio, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. It hasn’t been particularly difficult, which is pretty much what I was going for.
Norse Mythology has been interesting for me as I am a fan of Neil Gaiman, while the story seems to stand alone, which is probably a really good thing as it isn’t just Neil trying to show us that he can do it. The characters aren’t quite the same as you’d find in his other work, but there are moments when you can really see that he’s having fun.
What I really liked about this story is that it’s obvious that Norse mythology has had an obvious impact on his work, and his modernising of poetic eddas reflects this. It’s not a cheap trick to get people to read his other work, while trying to seem cultured, these are ancient stories updated so we can all enjoy them.
Neil is a wonderful writer, and while Norse Mythology has a distinct otherworldly vibe from his work I think that reflects the type of story he wanted to create here. Characters found in American Gods are extremely different, to the point that you feel a little let down in parts because you really loved them, but that isn’t the point he’s trying to make. He just wants people to find a way to connect to such a strange and quite sinister mythology in the way that Roger Lancelyn Green did for him.