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I made the official transition into my remote position with work this week. It is going to be fantastic. Although, I know I will still pop into work from time to time because I am part of an amazing team that I already miss just knowing my time with them has decreased. That being said, I accomplished very little reading. So this will be a small post.
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Fire Above, Fire Below
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.
Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Thursday we had a brief discussion about series – Let’s Talk Series.
This week I will concentrate my efforts on more time to read and rest as I will not be required to make the trips out that can really sap me. What are you plans? Do you have a TBR lined up or favorite read this past week? Any new book hauls or upcoming release you are anticipating? Let’s catch up!