Norse Mythology – Book Review

★★


 

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.” 

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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 fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Sleeping Giants – A Hidden Gem in Science Fiction

★★★★

(4.5/5)


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A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Book Review

★★★★


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“Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of iniquity and corruption”

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Scrappy Little Nobody – A Funny Little Memoir

★★★★


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The other day, while bored out of my mind at two in the morning, I scrolled through my Netflix hoping for something to watch. Having found nothing that caught my attention, I logged into my HBO account and watched The Accountant, starring Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck.

I liked the movie. It was entertaining and it gave me something to do, other than stare at the ceiling and contemplate the meaning of life. (As one does at 2 AM).

That was a few weeks ago. As of right now, I have watched that movie four times.

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Dark Matter – A Book I Should Have Read Months Ago

★★


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Wow. That’s the first word that came to me.

This book was intense. Weird and strangely scientific, and intense.

I had heard a lot of good things about this book but was a bit afraid of getting into it because I knew of the very scientific nature of it. Like string theory, astrophysics, and a whole bunch of the inter-dimensional mumbo jumbo.

I was worried that I wasn’t going to understand or that the science would be too overbearing, ruining the story.

Boy, was I wrong to think that. This book was so good!

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Animal Farm – A Short Review

★★


7613“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Well, that certainly was something.

I have been wanting to read this book for years now. Ever since I read 1984, by George Orwell, and loved it, I wanted to get to this one.

Where 1984 seems like a dark vision of the future that is slowly becoming reality, Animal Farm is an eye opener to the terrible and deceptive ways of the world and our perception of freedom.

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The Hating Game – A Hilariously Good Read

★★


25883848Let me just start by saying that this book was soooo good!

I only heard of this book a few days ago and decided that I had to read it. I went to the library and checked out, and me being me, I began reading it at around midnight on a Monday. Well, technically, I think it was already Tuesday, but moving on. The point is, I didn’t go to sleep until like 5 AM because I simply had to finish this novel!

That there, my friends, is dedication. That is what I called being hooked to a good book.

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