REVIEW: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (2017)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2017
Length: 283
Author: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

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Synopsis via GoodreadsNeil 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 giants, 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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C&C REVIEW: Alice by Christina Henry (2016)

Alice by Christina Henry

Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2016
Length: 325
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis via Goodreads: In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.


This review is part of my new feature Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews where I review books based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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top 5 wednesday: favourite literary fathers

Fatherhood is a challenge. And when it comes to books, some fathers are just plain terrible. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday post focuses on my Favourite Literary Fathers in order to celebrate Father’s Day this coming weekend. While I want to talk about some superb examples of fatherhood in books, it’s equally as fun to talk about the terrible fathers, so I’m going to do a little mix of both.

I admit it was a bit of a challenge to think of my top 5 favourite fathers since it’s so much easier to think of examples of mothers in literature that I love. I wonder why that is? Underrepresentation of the struggle of fatherhood? Who knows. But despite this, I’m pretty pleased with this list as I believe all of these characters deserve to be celebrated for many different reasons and not just for the role they played in their children’s lives (for better or worse).

So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Literary Fathers!


This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!


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New Monthly Feature: Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews

So it’s pretty obvious that I love Alice in Wonderland.

But when it comes to literature, I’m a bit of an Alice purist. Nothing’s ever as good as the original, right? So I typically avoid reading any books based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. But I haven’t been as critical of other media based on the source material. I love Disney’s animated remake from 1951 and I’m a sucker for American McGee’s dark recreation of the story in the Alice video games. But I’ve steered clear of any written retellings. I didn’t see the point.

However, that isn’t totally fair, is it? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that really does have really good (and really bad) potential for retelling. There are so many ways to interpret the story, whether it truly is ‘nonsense’ or if it has some sort of deeper meaning. Taking the base of the story, whether it’s Alice herself or just the concept of a whimsical dream world, and turning it into something brand new not only sounds like a unique challenge but also a super fun one.

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