Overview (No Spoilers): Any mythology based novel will always perk my attention as a result of the fondness nostalgia draws forth from my fascination regarding this genre as a youth. As kids, my friends and I were voracious readers, fliting from genre to genre with the seasons. During one particularly prolonged obsession, we devoured everything we could get our hands on regarding Greek mythology. We briefly dallied in Norse mythology, but my memories of those reads has faded with time. In Gaiman’s American Gods, which was easily one of my favorite reads of the past year, mythology is reimagined from a modern perspective. Based on my feelings regarding American Gods, I was excited to pick up Norse Mythology thinking initially that it would build upon Gaiman’s previous literary world, however instead Gaiman retells the famous stories of lore. Interestingly, other recent reads of mine have also focus on Norse mythology. MacLeod’s The Wolf’s Lover and The Trickster’s Lover add a their own modern twist to the classic tales. With these stories as a refreshing backdrop, I enjoyed Gaiman’s retellings of the Norse mythology lore, which were wholly separate from his previous novel. Some of the stories were familiar from MacLeod, while others were completely foreign. By the end of this read, I was left wondering at what stories didn’t make the cut and why he didn’t make the book longer by filling in more of Loki and Thor’s adventures. Moreover, I felt as though there were certain unresolved loose ends that would likely have continued to be flushed out in other tales that were absent. Overall, Norse Mythology was an entertaining retelling of stories, both old and new that captures the imagination, leaving the reader hoping Gaiman will revisit this topic in the future.