Master storyteller Neil Gaiman is finally releasing another book in February 2017. Gaiman?updated his fans recently with a Facebook update telling them that he has been working on this new novel for years. He has been writing about gods and myths for years,?so?it?s only fitting that his next project be about Odin and his ilk be a new book called, Norse Mythology.
According to the book?s publicity website, Norse Mythology will begin with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds. It will delve into the exploits of the deities, dwarves and giants. It will tell myths about Asgard, and gods Odin (highest of the high). There is also Thor (Odin?s son, strong yet not the wisest) and Loki (trickster and unsurpassable manipulator).
Gaiman?s new work is not at all connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?s version of Thor. The book will feature Gaiman?s own unique retellings of the ancient Norse Myths. This is something to which he has always alluded to in his previous novels, like American Gods and Sandman.
The book, scheduled for release on February 17 next year from W.W. Norton & Company, features a simple cover with Thor?s hammer in front. ?Featuring Mj?lnir (the name of Thor?s hammer) is a smart move on Gaiman?s part as it allows the novel to reach out to people who are only familiar with Thor from Marvel.
It's published Feb 7th. This is what the cover to Norse Mythology will look like. I can't guarantee moving hammers. pic.twitter.com/lUuFFeEgA6
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 14, 2016
High hopes for Norse Mythology
?To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true,” Gaiman?said in a statement to NYTimes. ?I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.?
Gaiman?s background in retelling beloved tales is unparalleled. There are high hopes that Norse Mythology can capture all sorts of demographics. There are hardcore Gaiman fans as well as?people who are more interested in mythology.
Also next year, Gaiman will be debuting the live-action adaptation of American Gods in a TV series on Starz.
You can preorder a copy of Norse Mythology now from this website.