I nearly didn’t sit down to write an October Wrap Up post because with only two books read, It didn’t seem worth it.
However those two books have all centred around one theme, one subject and one I’ve wanted to know more about for a while – Norse Mythology.
I suppose I have Disney’s acquisition of Marvel, Beth trying to get me to watch the films at university, and a rise in the number of Norse Mythology books I see published to thank for this! And I am now hooked.
Exploring the Norse myths, or any myths for that matter, throws you back in time. You imagine a world full of magic, mystery, mayhem – a world where the inexplicable remains inexplicable. There’s a lot of history thrown in there too.
You know what, I think that’s what cinched the deal. The fantasy, the history, and the fact that myths are so deeply rooted in our culture that they’re unmissable. I’m kicking myself that I resisted them for so long because damn it, they’re the stories I’ve always wanted!
Reading them through Neil Gaiman’s prose was the perfect starting point for me. They were lyrical, fantastical, vivid and utterly intoxicating. I couldn’t go five minutes without them, and every time I did something else I was missing all the characters, particularly Loki. He is an antihero I now love! His cunning, his logic, his mischievous behaviour….everything about him just spoke to me and brought back the fun I’ve been missing in my reading recently.
And with the Gospel of Loki, it is that fun multiplied by a thousand! I’m always interesting in reading myths from varying perspectives as no one looks at them the same, but from Loki’s perspective you can definitely see the fun he has in causing mischief. What I like about this imagining is that we get lessons with every story. It’s that little nugget of truth that we want to ignore but can’t, and because Loki is the narrator, we take them with a pinch of salt. He might be unreliable but with Joanne Harris’ prose, his storytelling is engaging and impossible to leave. I think it also helps that the stories were very fresh in my mind from Norse Mythology so it was easy to recognise and remember them.
The question now is, do I jump onto Testament of Loki or research more books about Norse Mythology? I think now it would be nice to look into some of the more traditional books and see how they retell the same stories.
Anyway, that was a major ramble to say I’d only read two books in October, both ranging around the 4 to 5 star mark!
What about you? What did you read this past month?
Have you read these? What are your thoughts?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!