You already know that Jane and I worship at the altar of Neil Gaiman. So when I found out he was writing a book of Norse myths (aptly titled Norse Mythology), I desperately wanted to read it.
I have an odd obsession with the word "Ragnarok", and have wanted to learn more about Norse myths for a while, so when I came across the book on promo for 50% off, I picked it up with great delight.
Happily (for me, at least, but maybe not for the deities it involves), there is a whole chapter on Ragnarok at the end of the book. There are also stories about Loki and Thor and Odin, and stories about some of the other gods who don't have prominent roles in superhero movies.
Admittedly, I was picturing Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but even if I wasn't, I still would have liked the Loki-centric stories the best. He's quite the character (in more ways than one) and whether he's trying to trick Freya into marrying a giant, or knocking up a giantess himself, his stories are fascinating.
Obviously I love Neil Gaiman's writing in general, and his voice is at its finest here. In fact, I'm considering investing in the audio book (which Gaiman himself reads) because it has an old storytelling vibe that is perfect for being read out loud. There's just the right amount of detail that allow the myths to flow smoothly, and the selection of myths is varied, yet connected.
Overall, it's a collection that can appeal to both children and adults - nothing too graphic to scare away younger readers, but not so innocent that an older reader would be bored.