The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi million copy bestselling author of Chocolat, Joanne HarrisThe novel is a brilliant first person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods retold from the point of view of the world s ultimate trickster, Loki It tells the story of Loki s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself Using her life long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novelLoki, that s me Loki, the Light Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies Take it with a pinch of salt, but it s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, entertaining So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role Now it s my turn to take the stage With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other Demon born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world s ultimate trickster


10 thoughts on “The Gospel of Loki

  1. Kathylill Kathylill says:

    I mean seriously LOKI I ve been waiting ages for a book like this.I am fangirling so hard right now I mean seriously LOKI I ve been waiting ages for a book like this.I am fangirling so hard right now


  2. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    They tell you revenge isn t worth it I say there s nothing finer When a writer makes an effort to compose a story out of all the different well loved myths about the deities of Norse Mythology, putting the Trickster at the heart of the narration, and having him confessing all the crimes he has committed in all their evil glory, then it deserves no less than a fairly positive review The result is a fascinating work, able to transport the reader into Asgard and the whole Nine Worlds, butThey tell you revenge isn t worth it I say there s nothing finer When a writer makes an effort to compose a story out of all the different well loved myths about the deities of Norse Mythology, putting the Trickster at the heart of the narration, and having him confessing all the crimes he has committed in all their evil glory, then it deserves no less than a fairly positive review The result is a fascinating work, able to transport the reader into Asgard and the whole Nine Worlds, but not without some hindrances along the way.The incorporation of the myths is well done, atmospheric and skillfully bound The Nine Worlds are as realistic as can be The wonderful rendition of Thor s trials in the Hall of the Giant King, one of the most well known myths about the Thunderer, is one of the best moments in the book., The end is darkly beautiful As much as I liked the way the stories are told, there were a few things I had major problems with The Yours Truly code name became too tiring rather quickly In addition, the pseudo funny, aloof, semi modernized interactions and descriptions alienated me from the narration in a significant degree There were a few parts that lost their beauty and their impact because, to my ears, they sounded like a silly Nickelodeon teen movie I m not suggesting that I would have preferred a translated Old Norse text, but between that and the I Was A Teenage Loki style, there could have been a balanced mixture of both Still, this is my personal pet peeve, I am sure many readers will find this kind of language satisfying and entertaining Easier to understand, most probably Here, I will agree with a reviewer on GR who stated that, perhaps, this is the kind of book that would engage the younger generation, but not the adults of my age.My biggest problem has to do with the characters, and this one I can t easily forgive The gods and goddesses are strangely represented, portrayed as rather simplified versions of themselves I don t care whether they represent archetypes, the Norse myths never treated them as such Poor Heimdallr as is his proper name and Baldr are ridiculed to no end,as is Sigyn whose legendary loyalty is portrayed as the infatuation of a plain old maid I hated that with a vengeance I unn is a stupid teenager, Freyja is someone who would go all the way to acquire a piece of jewellery and yes, it did happen according to the myths but here, it is described without any elegance , and the tormented Ska i, my personal favourite goddess, doesn t have a kinder luck in the hands of the writer I admit that all these didn t sit well with me, the complexity of the deities is vanished and we steer too much away from the myths I tried to have in mind that we witness everything from Loki s perspective, and it made sense, but still, it bothered me deeply.I don t know how these legendary, larger than life, mythical figures are portrayed in some recent popular action movies I couldn t care less, I haven t watched them, I never will My guess is their luck can t be much better than here But the Thor I have in mind, the Thunderer of the myths, isn t a dim witted brute, gentle Baldr isn t vain and silly, Freyja isn t a shrew with no presence at all In the hands of any other writer, this issue would have made me abandon the book shortly after I started it.Joanne Harris is a writer I love and trust Her books have a certain something, her writing a distinct kind of beauty When you choose to present such beautiful stories out of the Pantheon of Norse Mythology, the responsibility must be quite heavy The Gospel of Loki is well written, and adequately respectful to the original material which has brought up generations and generations I am certain that if Loki ever had the chance to read it, he would love it And I, for once, was satisfied with this book, even though there were some issues that prevented me from granting it four stars Would I read it again Probably not However,I was told there is a sequel to it, I checked in the synopsis, and my answer was a big, fat NO Let us respect some things, let us not turn everything into cartoon super heroes


  3. Miranda Miranda says:

    New review 6 8 15 I couldn t do it, y all I made it through 114 pages of this shit show before I decided I d rather deal with a yeast infection than subject myself toof this travesty Not only does Harris change a lot of details in confusing ways Loki s a demon, not a Jotun, and comes from Pandaemonium, not Muspelheim What but the book itself is just shallow I realize Harris was trying to emulate the feeling of Loki telling the story directly, but you can do that and still give you s New review 6 8 15 I couldn t do it, y all I made it through 114 pages of this shit show before I decided I d rather deal with a yeast infection than subject myself toof this travesty Not only does Harris change a lot of details in confusing ways Loki s a demon, not a Jotun, and comes from Pandaemonium, not Muspelheim What but the book itself is just shallow I realize Harris was trying to emulate the feeling of Loki telling the story directly, but you can do that and still give you story depth Instead, it s this happened, here s what the gods did, here s what I did, some scant description, everyone is one dimensional and stupid, annnnd scene For purportedly being a long time Norse mythology fan, Harris frankly doesn t show it in her book The fact that this is going to be many people s introductions to the mythology is about as upsetting as Snorri Sturluson rewriting the myths to better fit his Christian ideology Not that Harris is innocent of that, either Everything from the title gospel to the changes made to Loki s origins he s a demon now seems very deliberately made in order to further the Christian allusions Snorri inserted into the myths so long ago Harris also obviously didn t do any research, as Loki refers to himself as the Father of Lies, which was a name Snorri gave Loki in order to further the whole Devil Satan Loki idea in his Eddas Overall, I m sorry I wasted my time Previous review I m a big old Pagan, of the Asatru variety And not of the Neo Nazi variety This means that I happen to worship the Norse gods and goddesses and do actually believe that they are real, because I ve dealt with them.Who, in particular, is the goddess I m most devoted to Sigyn, of course She found me first I m used to people maligning my Goddess and getting Her completely wrong Marvel, so far, has been the biggest offender with their portrayal of her in the 60s and 70s It s pretty much old hat to me.This is the first time I was actually heavily offended by a portrayal of my Goddess.Is it stupid for me to be offended, considering most of the population doesn t believe the Norse gods are real Probably I don t really care What this shows is a basic lack of research on Harris part The Viking culture actually had divorce, for something as little as a spouse being unhappy with their partner What this shows is a basic lack of logic in story You know what Odin did in order to punish Loki when he killed Baldr Odin killed his sons in return This is meant to be the worst punishment because Odin knew how much it would pain Loki. Why, then, would Harris portray him as barely tolerating them Why would Odin kill Narvi and Vali if it wouldn t cause Loki the most agony possible Loki ADORES His family He loves His wife Losing His sons and seeing Sigyn being put through torture in order to protect Him the Ordeal in the Cave actually traumatizes Him.So yes, excuse me if I m pissed I don t ask for a whole lot out of my Norse mythology books All I ask, at minimum, is that Sigyn be treated with the respect She deserves.Maybe I ll read this book one day in order to tear apart everything Harris got wrong about Norse culture and society Probably not, though Books like this aren t worth my time or effort


  4. Blair Blair says:

    The first fantasy novel from Joanne Harris, The Gospel of Loki is a brilliantly entertaining retelling of Norse mythology As the title suggests, it s all seen through the eyes of the god of mischief, Loki, who relates his own version of events in a wonderfully unpredictable, unreliable and humorous voice It s part 21st century update Loki s narration is very modern and part faithful reconstruction the book presents the world of these myths as it was originally told, and as a very real ex The first fantasy novel from Joanne Harris, The Gospel of Loki is a brilliantly entertaining retelling of Norse mythology As the title suggests, it s all seen through the eyes of the god of mischief, Loki, who relates his own version of events in a wonderfully unpredictable, unreliable and humorous voice It s part 21st century update Loki s narration is very modern and part faithful reconstruction the book presents the world of these myths as it was originally told, and as a very real experience, or at least as real as Loki wants you to think it is First things first I m not going to pretend that my reasons for reading this book and my reasons for loving it have nothing to do with the Marvel Avengers films Or that I wasn t reading the whole thing in Tom Hiddleston s voice Yes, I am pretty enamoured with the character of Loki I m not quite of the obsessed Tumblr fangirl variety yet, but I do own a Loki figurine or two and that undoubtedly helped Still, I m sure the same will apply to a lot of the potential audience for this book, and this alone is not what makes it good, it s just an added bonus.I only had the vaguest familiarity with these myths before I started the book, and it s a perfect introduction for the uninitiated Unfortunately, my lack of knowledge of the source material means I can t assess how faithful it is to the original stories, but it feels fresh, interesting and even relatable while packing a lot of fantastical detail into the narrative Loki s mischievous personality and sense of humour are useful tools for explaining away some of theout there elements of the plot like the fact that he gives birth to an eight legged horse Sometimes the stuff that happens in the Nine Worlds makes Adventure Time look like an episode of Springwatch I bet that scene won t be featuring in Avengers 2 I d never read anything by Joanne Harris before, I think because I had viewed her oeuvre as somewhat cosy and slightly twee I m now reassessing this opinion and have found that I was very wrong I m particularly interested in checking out her debut novel The Evil Seed, described as a reworking of the classic vampire myth, and the recent collection of short stories A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String Apart from being original, funny and engaging, The Gospel of Loki is also brilliantly written It must have been so hard to write about these complex fantasy worlds with such a light and accessible tone, but Harris pulls it off without the end result seeming in any way flimsy.I would recommend this not just to habitual readers of fantasy and or to those who have a surreptitious crush on movie Loki, but to everyone It s a delight to read, enormous fun, and even makes you feel like you ve learned something To be honest, I m crossing my fingers for a sequel


  5. Lucy Hounsom Lucy Hounsom says:

    The Gospel of Loki is a retelling of some of the stories that comprise Old Norse mythology The Elder Edda and Prose Edda themselves influences on Tolkien seem to be Harris major source materials here They contain original versions of the anecdotes that feature in The Gospel of Loki, and I will admit, it was fun to revisit those escapades from Loki s point of view.But here comes a niggle in the style of most surviving mythological texts, The Gospel of Loki is narrated with a certain omnisci The Gospel of Loki is a retelling of some of the stories that comprise Old Norse mythology The Elder Edda and Prose Edda themselves influences on Tolkien seem to be Harris major source materials here They contain original versions of the anecdotes that feature in The Gospel of Loki, and I will admit, it was fun to revisit those escapades from Loki s point of view.But here comes a niggle in the style of most surviving mythological texts, The Gospel of Loki is narrated with a certain omniscience It may be told from Loki s perspective, but it still has a sense of being removed from the action Of course, as Loki himself reminds us, Ragnar k has already happened and the story is simply a recap Although I was able to overlook that in itself, I struggled to warm wholly to the narrative.On one hand, Harris has achieved a level of authenticity by maintaining the structure of the original texts The clue is in the title a gospel is a literary genre in its own right And it is characterised by a narrative account of an individual s birth, life and death As such, it s the most suitable genre to house Harris idea.On the other hand, this form naturally makes it harder to capture and hold the reader s attention We aren t experiencing events alongside Loki for the first time He has already lived them and is merely relating them to us sometime after Ragnar k This is reiterated frequently at the end of chapters, where Loki says something along the lines of but if I thought that was bad, worse was yet to come For my part, once I was past the opening pages I actually enjoyed the story, and was reluctant to put the book down Loki s voice is engaging, witty and likeable, except for his three word pet phrase which you ll spot pretty quickly It s an odd paradox that I also felt reluctant to pick the book up again Once I was in the midst of the narrative, great But outside of it, away from Loki s silver tongue, I had less of a desire to return Possibly the story was not compelling enough, or the characters too unreachable The gods, after all, are fairly stereotypical Each is characterised by an Aspect derived from a rune, Loki s being wildfire Although I liked the concept, it did make for some one dimensional characterisation, especially of Thor and Heimdall Odin was better, perhaps because Harris gave himair time.That is the danger of working with archetypes Loki, as everyone knows, represents the Trickster, Odin the Wise Old Man, Freyja the Maiden, Thor the Hero Almost everything in this novel is an archetype or an archetypal motif creation, apocalypse, immortality inherent here in the cyclical nature of the Nine Worlds An archetype is black and white When someone is possessed by one, they are unable to be anything else Loki is the Trickster, and reacts to every situation in the only way he understands There is no capacity for traditional character development because everyone is an archetype.Perhaps the problem lies also in the fact that Harris novel isn t offering anything new I don t mean to say a modern retelling should be set in a modern world Indeed, this accessible book may well tempt a few into reading the original Eddur, which is all to the good But despite Loki s entertaining style I felt I was simply reading an updated version of stories that have been around for hundreds of years same characters, same setting, same conclusion Harris has at least done them justice, and they are therefore the novel s strongest feature.The title will attract a lot of younger readers due to Loki s current celebrity, which as Harris illustrates he loves to advertise With actor Tom Hiddleston s popular portrayal of the Trickster fresh in everyone s minds, there won t be a lack of interest in this book Has Harris missed a trick here to tell a less vast story in ainclusive narrative structure She has Loki s voice down brilliantly, so why not use it to coerce readers into a worldher own There are some who might appreciate a less orthodox approach to these myths.Despite a few clich s, the prose is engaging and well crafted It s easy to read Harris doesn t sacrifice pace to extraneous detail, which can be the bane of fantasy Loki s infamous exploits are conveyed with humour and verve, and I ve no doubt he will be a popular if not wholly fleshed anti hero For myself, I ll admit to being a bit disappointed I would have liked to seedepth,time spent on memorable scenes of which there are many , and a greater sense of intimacy with Loki himself.I haven t read Harris Rune series, but to fans of said series, this new novel could act as a prequel, and in that capacity, it s a solid, engaging introduction to the author s take on Norse Myth.Thanks to Orion Books for this review copy


  6. Liz Liz says:

    What do we have here A whole lot of sarcasm, the most unreliable narrator of all time, an alternative view on the Norse mythology and a quite a lot of epicness in addition As somebody who has to do a presentation on the Prophecy of the Oracle next week I couldn t have chosen a better book for this month One of my majors is Scandinavian Studies so I can t rate this book objectively I have always been enad with the Norse myths, the legends, the gods and the most popular trickster of all What do we have here A whole lot of sarcasm, the most unreliable narrator of all time, an alternative view on the Norse mythology and a quite a lot of epicness in addition As somebody who has to do a presentation on the Prophecy of the Oracle next week I couldn t have chosen a better book for this month One of my majors is Scandinavian Studies so I can t rate this book objectively I have always been enad with the Norse myths, the legends, the gods and the most popular trickster of all time Loki What is evenimportant I can proudly say that I was interested in Norse mythology before Marvel s Loki was created Thus, before the Tom Hiddleston hype This is basically the retelling of the Older Edda from the POV of Loki, written in prose form instead of epic poetry, with a lot of dark and cruel humour and some interesting interpretations and additions to the original Edda To those who expect something entirely new, Loki s life story or something, don t expect too much Seriously, this is the Older Edda retold from a biased perspective, a very intriguing and highly amusing perspective though Basically, never trust anyone The best statement about Loki that I ve ever found He indeed brings the party Every Single Time And it s not that he is evil, on the contrary, he tries to play by the gods rules at the beginning but after the attempt fails he just repays for all their kindness In one of my lectures when we discussed mythology our professor mentioned that historians found some evidence that Loki, the trickster, used to be a folk hero before an unexplained shift occured which turned him into the traitor and the villian of Asgard Perhaps it was due his two faced nature some think that he used to be both a fire and a water god or maybe because he was born from pure Chaos This is unknown, but apparently Loki wasn t always evil, even in myths Anyway, I enjoyed reading a book from the perspective of a truly unreliable narrator whom you can t help but doubt and question and I enjoyed Loki s sarcastic and dark humour, I enjoyed reading about the sharpness of his mind and the creation of the world which he described differently from what I am used to.Chaos and Order Believe me, it was described vividly, beautifully even Often I found myself closing my eyes and sinking into the world that was created, following the small steps of the gods in the shaping of the world and laughing at them with Loki And of course, of course my favourite chapter was when Thor and Loki had to dress up to get Thor s hammer back Damn, that was hilarious Whenever the gods messed up again or couldn t find their way out of the situation he appeared saving their arrogantyeah, we all know what Chaos and Order Caught up in a never ending battle, they depend on each other, one cannot exist without the opposite, a cycle that will never end Consequently, I highly recommend this retelling to everybody who wants something epic, or something about Norse mythology, or something about Loki and without a trace of romance I think this book is a good read for the general education, and definitely one that is worth reading I am sure I will come back to this book at least onetime before the end of 2014 SooooooooHighly recommended


  7. Cinda Cinda says:

    I truly enjoyed this rewrite of the Edda from the point of view of Loki So, shoot me I ve always been a fan of the antihero While I cannot approve of everything that Loki did, he comes off the page as genuinely sympathetic and, dare I say human The fact is, nobody in the Norse pantheon of gods comes across as admirable In that regard, Loki fits in very well.


  8. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum s been so many years since I read Chocolat, that for all intents and purposes The Gospel of Loki may as well be the first book I ve ever read by Joanne Harris Highly entertaining and original, this novel chronicles the epic rise of the Norse gods all the way through to the coming of Ragnarok, completely retold from the point of view of none other than the trickiest trickster of them all Loki.First thing you should kn 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum s been so many years since I read Chocolat, that for all intents and purposes The Gospel of Loki may as well be the first book I ve ever read by Joanne Harris Highly entertaining and original, this novel chronicles the epic rise of the Norse gods all the way through to the coming of Ragnarok, completely retold from the point of view of none other than the trickiest trickster of them all Loki.First thing you should know though, if you re like me and sometimes you get that temptation to skip everything before the prologue in a book Well, fight it Be sure to read everything, including the character list I had started skimming it initially, right up until I glimpsed Thialfi and Roskva, the two siblings in Norse mythology who are the servants of the god Thor, respectively described as a fanboy and a fangirl Chuckling to myself, I went back and read everythingcarefully Glad I did Aside from being absolutely hilarious, the forward material sets the tone of the novel perfectly, and I knew right away that I was going to enjoy this.Now I don t usually use quotes when I try to summarize a book, but in this case I ll make an exception, simply because I doubt anyone else can describe the book better than our eponymous narrator Plus, it gives a good idea what you d be in for Loki, that s me Loki, the Light Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies Take it with a pinch of salt, but it s at least as true as the official version and, dare I say it,entertaining So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role Now it s my turn to take the stage Well, considering the legions who are now in love with Tom Hiddleston s portrayal of Loki after the Thor movies, unflattering role might be debatable, but the rest I have to say is pretty spot on The version of events presented here is indeed vastlyentertaining, our protagonist is as humorous as he s not humble, and as he puts it, this is his story at the end of the book, whether or not you feel sympathy towards Loki for some of his less savory actions is entirely up to you.In many ways, the book is a retelling in the most honest and straightforward sense it stays very close to the source material which are the well known Norse myths, featuring stories about the giant mason who built Asgard s Walls, Loki and Angrboda s tryst and the subsequent births of the three Chaos Monsters, the theft of Idunn s apples, the death of Balder by mistletoe dart, etc None of the events described in this novel deviate all that much from the traditional versions, but the one major difference is the voice that tells us those tales Loki chimes in with his own take of these stories, dropping little nuggets of wisdom and of the things he s learned, even as he s filling in the details Although he s unreliable as Hel and it s in his nature to be up to no good, Loki nevertheless attempts to give us his reasons for the things he did, and admittedly, he can be quite convincing.So if you were expecting a creative, modernized re imagining of the myths or a brand new story, this is not that book, though the narrative does use present day vernacular to great effect I loved Loki s voice in this, the way he delivers his lines with that silver tongue and dry sense of humor Harris has done a brilliant job hitting the sweet spot with Loki s character, portraying him as the ultimate trickster without going overboard with his slippery, snarky ways He s exactly the way I would have pictured the god of mischief, and my hat s off to the author for nailing it.Overall, The Gospel of Loki succeeds in giving readers both something old and something new, and manages to be a lot of fun while doing it A fantastic way to experience the major Norse myths, those with an interest in the topic are sure to delight in the engaging new way Harris has presented them in this novel Highly recommended


  9. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I spent the whole of this book visualising Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone in their roles of Thor and Loki I think it added to my reading pleasure I really liked Ms Harris s original take on the story of the Norse gods and especially Loki Of course as a known trickster and liar Loki must be the most unreliable narrator ever and we have to assume that it may not be a strictly accurate retelling However it is a fun one and Loki is quite ready to admit to his failings as well as his successe I spent the whole of this book visualising Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone in their roles of Thor and Loki I think it added to my reading pleasure I really liked Ms Harris s original take on the story of the Norse gods and especially Loki Of course as a known trickster and liar Loki must be the most unreliable narrator ever and we have to assume that it may not be a strictly accurate retelling However it is a fun one and Loki is quite ready to admit to his failings as well as his successes As aways for this author the book is well written, entertaining, enjoyable and a little unusual


  10. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    So shoot me I have a weakness for the bad guys And frankly, every book I ve ever read about Norse mythology seems to be driven by the fact that writers everywhere are crushing just as hard as I am on Loki Maybe because he is the most complex god of the Norse pantheon, or maybe because he is just plain fun to read and I assume, write about One of the things that I love most about Loki is that he is the agent of change, he stirs the pot and shakes the other gods out of their comfortable r So shoot me I have a weakness for the bad guys And frankly, every book I ve ever read about Norse mythology seems to be driven by the fact that writers everywhere are crushing just as hard as I am on Loki Maybe because he is the most complex god of the Norse pantheon, or maybe because he is just plain fun to read and I assume, write about One of the things that I love most about Loki is that he is the agent of change, he stirs the pot and shakes the other gods out of their comfortable routines Harris does such an interesting job of reminding us that in many respects, Loki isn t that different from Lucifer even their nicknames have clear similarities his actions can seem disruptive, but would change, evolution ever take place if he wasn t there to light a fire under the Asgardians chairs After being painted as the bad guy for so long, Loki decided to finally tell us the story of his life from his perspective From the very creation of the Nine Worlds to Ragnarok, including all the other well known episodes of Norse myths Sif s haircut, Thor s hammer, his wedding , Loki s interesting children, Balder s demise, etc are told with self deprecating humor and wit Of course, nothing is ever Loki s fault, and he s just having some fun, but that fun sometimes has very dramatic consequences Don t you just love an unreliable narrator I had never read anything by Joanne Harris before, but given the fact that she penned Chocolat , I had a feeling I was in for some fluff But fluff isn t always a bad thing my brain needs a little break every once in a while, and this is just the right kind of book for me to relax with The writing is not stellar, but it s fun and she gives Loki a charming and sarcastic voice Some reviewers did not enjoy the modernized aspect of the narrative the word chillax is actually used at some point a word I barely tolerate in real conversation , but honestly, if I m reading a fluff book, I d rather have it narrated to me by someone who sounds like Joss Wheadon than by someone pretending to be Shakespeare It was silly, but not bothersome.So why three starts if I enjoyed it Urg Well, because it s a first person narration by one of my favorite characters ever, it feelsfleshed out than Norse Mythology , which was a third person omniscient narrator, and had a slightlydetached feel That being said, Harris writing is nowhere near as good as Gaiman s I know, that bar is pretty darn high, but I m just being honest they aren t playing in the same league If Gaiman had written this, I m pretty sure my mind would have been blown, but here I m just feeling like it was a fun and fluffy retelling of a few amazing stories, with a great central character, but unremarkable writing.This version is also less endearing than Gaiman s because I feel like Harris treats this mythology with a hint of contempt OK, I get that her narrator is a snarky, sarcastic son of a bitch, but when you read Gaiman s Norse Mythology , his love and reverence for the source material flows off the page warmly Harris does not manage to convey any affection for the myths in her writing, which is a shame because Loki as a first person narrator is such an awesome approach to retelling those stories Then there is the ending, which felt rushed and not very well thought out I won t go into details because I don t want to spoil it, but I think she just had no idea how to wrap this up An open ending would have beensatisfying because that would have embraced that uncertainty without being dry As I mentioned, she drops a lot of hints about Loki s resemblance to Lucifer, and she could have rolled with that, which would have been fun Alas The other small nitpicking I have is that the narration is a little bit G rated no dirty bits, no gore and grit But I suppose I was spoiled in that regards by Mike Vasich s short stories about my favorite tricksterSo, 3 non committal stars People who haven t read much on Norse Mythology might enjoy thisthan those who know their stuff a bit better