Not that there’s ever been a bad time to be a Neil Gaiman fan, but things are especially good right now.
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was released a couple weeks ago, and I finally had the time to finish it yesterday. I’ll get right to it: it’s wonderful. There’s obviously not a Neil Gaiman created world here, but his wit, playfulness, and charm are all over his retelling of many tales of the old Norse gods. It’s the Gaiman you know and love putting his signature touches on Odin, Thor, Loki, and countless other characters you may or may not know. Word is there were some supply issues for the physical book, but I believe those have been sorted out. Either way, it’s in your best interest to get your hands on this in whatever form you can/want to. Bonus for people who would rather listen than read: Neil Gaiman narrates the Norse Mythology audiobook. If that’s not a best case scenario, I don’t know what is.
In other Neil Gaiman news, the American Gods TV show is coming soon. Yes, it has been coming soon for a while. That doesn’t make its impending release any less exciting. Picking a favorite Neil Gaiman book is like picking a favorite sense, but American Gods is a strong contender. This adaptation, at least from the 115 seconds of its first look trailer, looks to be every bit as good as you’d hope it would be.
Here’s the trailer, released last year:
Gaiman also announced last week, as reported by The Guardian, that he’s currently writing a sequel to the excellent Neverwhere. The sequel, titled The Seven Sisters, will be his next book. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it can’t come soon enough.
The moral of the story: Neil Gaiman is a treasure, and one that keeps on giving.