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Neil Gaiman to release Norse mythology retelling

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Beowulf Sheehan

Neil Gaiman, the prolific mind behind American Gods and Coraline, will give his own take on Norse mythology in a new book, it was announced Wednesday. Simply titled Norse Mythology, the collection of “dazzling retellings” of Norse lore will arrive in February 2017.

“I will never forget the first time I encountered the Norse myths. I was a small boy with a borrowed paperback in a friend’s bedroom, but I was also walking with Thor and Loki through a pine forest, on their way to be made fools of by crafty Ice Giants,” Gaiman said in a statement. “Those Norse tales have accompanied me through pretty much everything I’ve done: they ran like a vein of silver through Sandman, they were the bedrock of American Gods.”

He continued: “To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true. I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.”

Norse Mythology will feature the classic stories of familiar figures — like Odin, Thor, and Loki — but now infused with Gaiman’s penchant for chills, thrill, and wit. The book promises to reanimate these Norse gods as “fallible deities” grappling with the consequences of their destructive actions. 

W. W. Norton & Company will publish Norse Mythology, to be released in hardcover and as an e-book in February 2017. Fans can already pre-order here

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