I’ll make this review short and sweet. I think that this book is for two people. The first person is someone that has never read a Norse Mythology book before. I was one of these individuals. This is a great introduction to Thor, Odin, Loki, and the rest of Norse Mythology. The other person that this mythology is geared towards are people that know a ton about Norse Mythology and want to compare Gaiman’s versions to other writer’s versions. If you already know a passing amount about Norse Mythology, I think there are better reference books out there for you to dive deeper in the myths.
I thought this collection of Norse stories was just an alright read. Nothing really made me excited. I appreciated Gaiman’s craft in making these stories highly accessible to a layman like myself but in the end I just wasn’t excited about any of these stories. It is nice to have a background understanding more about Norse Mythology but I’m not sure if this actually is going to make some fantasy books I read dealing with Norse Mythology that much better.
If you want to read a short story like collection talking about how Loki tricked the other gods or how Thor wants to bash his hammer in everything, check this out. If you want more background and context to some fantasy stories, like American Gods, that has some Norse Mythology players in it, this is a quick read to get you caught up. If you want to be entertained, I’d recommend reading some Thor comic books instead.