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The Gospel of Loki

1 Apr

“The Gospel of Loki” by Joanne M. Harris is one of the best books I have read so far this year.

It is basically a retelling of the Norse myths featuring Loki, told from the point of view of Loki himself.

What raises this above the level of the ordinary is the character of Loki.  He is by turns curious, mischievous, dark, dangerous, and at some levels, quite innocent and gullible.

Joanne Harris’ Loki is, in my opinion, one of the best interpretations of a mythological figure I have ever come across.

Anyone who is familiar with Norse mythology knows how the book is going to end from the opening page, however, don’t let that stop you from reading. This retelling is brilliant and inspired.

The entire story is told by Loki, whom Joanne Harris has imbued with a gloriously wicked sense of humour. Joanne Harris has managed to give an age old story a feel of familiarity, and relevance for today.

I heartily recommend “The Gospel of Loki” to anyone who enjoys Norse mythology, fantasy, or just a damn good read.

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