Report on Norse Mythology by Gaiman
As with the past few novels, ‘Norse Mythology’ was generally well received. The overarching question asked was: Where was Neil Gaiman’s contribution to the canon. There was a sense that tales were well told and that length, language and introduction made for both an accessible and enjoyable read. The Gods are patently malicious, arbitrary and outright capricious. In that the author catches the sense and delivers.
I think that everyone was glad for a conveyed sense of how the genealogies all fit together, and the getting a better understanding of what sits at the root of Wagner and the Germano-English days of the week. A few members – myself included – found the prose well delivered and would have been more than happy to keep reading a few more tales.
The world is clearly not logical, and the sooner we accept that there’re unquestionable rules that are set by our betters we can understand how humanity fits into this larger chessboard.
So, to recapitulate, the votes cast gave a very respectable 6.4sh…with Fergal (7), Jim (7), Joe (6), Shawn (7), Mike (5.5), Brian C (5), Declan (7). Respectable indeed.
The candidates brought forward then for our Non-Fiction read were:
And the winning read is: Joe’s cousin’s Book: The Naked Swiss: The Nation Behind 10 Myths!
Thanks all for a great discussion and lovely evening as always. Look forward to seeing you soon.