Book Review | Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology
Norse Mythology

The first book that I read of Neil Gaiman’s was Ocean at the End of the Lane.  It is an original fascinating book filled with adventure and original storytelling.  Norse Mythology is also full of excellent storytelling, however, these stories have already been told for centuries.

What Gaiman does here is wonderfully modernize the stories.  I’ve always been interested in the Vikings.  But this takes things so much further.  Thor is very popular now because of all the Marvel movies, but this is a different Thor from the ones in the movies.  He is more of a Hulk.  Smash, smash and not a lot going on in the top floor.

Loki also takes center stage in a lot of these stories.  As does Ragnarok.  If you want to take your Norse knowledge to the next step this is a great book.  You won’t get lost in dry stories and were written for a different era.  This is totally up to date in language and a wonderfully written story that will keep you reading.  This book earned 4/5 stars on goodreads from me.  I’m sure you will enjoy it as well.

Review: Star Wars: Princess Leia

Star Wars Princess Leia
Star Wars Princess Leia by Mark Waid

When I first heard that new Star Wars comics were going to come out I was very excited and I told myself I will buy all of these and I can’t wait to read them all.  Thing is I didn’t realize all of them were coming out at the same time and that comic books now cost $3.99 each!  With them all coming out at the same time it is hard to keep up with all of them.  Plus 5 of these things would be $20!  It is also hard to keep up with all the different ones that are coming out.  I think there are a dozen different comics series right now for Star Wars.  There is Shattered Empire, Princess Leia, Star Wars, Lando, Chewbacca, etc.

Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid, contains the first 5 comics from the Princess Leia series. The story was okay, it did give up some details about what happened before the Force Awakens, but really it wasn’t enough.  The story was not as well written as Shattered Empire.  The art was nowhere near as good as Shattered Empire either.  This graphic novel was a fun distraction, but I don’t think it’s going to get non-graphic novel readers to read comic and it’s not going to draw in people who are not already fans of Star Wars.  I would say if you are trying to keep up with everything in the Star Wars universe that this is one that you can safely skip.  Maybe the next collection of Princess Leia comics will be better.