Monday, 17 March 2008

Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants

This is the story that Neil Gaiman put together for World Book Day, and as such is aimed mostly at younger readers (since the aim of giving away short books on the day was to get them interested in reading) It's the story of how Odd, the boy who is the book's hero, travels to Asgard to drive out the Frost Giant who has taken over there, leading to extended winter in the world below.

Neil Gaiman's deftness in wrapping myth and legend around his stories comes through well here, taking what is ultimately a very short, very simple story and managing to maintain the feel of a grand adventure. All the main characters play true to their types in Norse mythology, but do so in a way that makes them feel far more rounded and real. It's a fun story, and well worth reading.

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