Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Ivyclad Ideas - Norse Mythology

This is the fifth in a series of posts aimed at helping anyone joining my reading challenge to fill the board. Ivyclad Bingo permits basically any type of book: novel, ebook, audiobook, comic, manga... 

The following are not recommendations, they are suggestions.

(What's the difference?)

If I haven't read it, it's a suggestion.

If you want to sign up for the Ivyclad Bingo 2018 Challenge, there's still time! Just click here and follow the instructions.

This box is definitely biased towards my own interests. If I had to pick a favourite mythology, it would definitely be Norse!

"Hearing I ask | from the holy races,
From Heimdall's sons, | both high and low;
Thou wilt, Valfather, | that well I relate
Old tales I remember | of men long ago..."
- Henry Adam Bellows (translator), The Poetic Edda, 1936

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18665033-the-gospel-of-lokiThe Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

It's not exactly a secret that I think that Joanne Harris writes the best Loki (sorry, Marvel). In this prequel to the Runemarks series, which you may remember from a previous list, Loki recounts the myths that led from his arrival at Asgard to Asgard's fall at Ragnarok in his own sarcastic, unreliable way.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25090719-the-sword-of-summerThe Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan
 If you fancy some modern-day mythical adventures in the style of Percy Jackson, then you're in luck because Rick Riordan also has a Norse series. Magnus is living on the streets when his life comes to an abrupt end.

Naturally, that's only the beginning.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman tackles Norse mythology, putting all the old stories into a novel format written in a way that makes it more accessible to the modern reader.

The Poetic Edda/The Prose Edda
Maybe you don't fancy picking up a retelling. Maybe you want to get as close to the source as you can. There are plenty of translations of The Eddas out there, some of which are even free online.

https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1351015670l/11438693.jpgThe Blackwell Pages Series by 

Marvel's Thor Comics
Yes, they're completely inaccurate and they mess up all the character relationships (Loki is Odin's blood brother!), but I'm trying to cut them some slack since I thought Marvel's take on Loki's role in the fall of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok was really clever.

(Thor: Ragnarok justifies most things.)

Oh, agreed. Marvel can kill off who they like in Infinity War now. (No! Wait! I take that back!) 

Not to mention the fact that Asgardians are aliens anyway in this universe so it's a sci-fi retelling and I'm a sucker for sci-fi retellings.

What's your favourite type of mythology?