“Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman is an award winning fictional book inspired by Norse Mythology. I picked it up because frankly, I seem to enjoy everything Neil Gaiman writes.
- 128 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; First Editiion First Printing edition
- ISBN: 0061671738
My rating for Odd and the Frost Giants – 5
The story is about a lonely boy named Odd, who lost his Viking father and his mother who was “stolen” by his father from her native Scotland. Odd tries to make it on his own by living up to his father’s mythical image only to be crippled in an accident which forces his mother to get re-married.
Needless to say Odd’s stature in the new house is not very high.
Odd runs away to his old house, only to encounter Norse gods in the form of a bear (Thor), an eagle (Odin) and a fox (Loki). Turns out they were outsmarted by the frost giants and thrown out of Asgad. On his quest to help the gods and save his people from ultimate starvation in the endless winter Odd learns about himself, his family and how to handle the curve ball thrown at all of us during our lifetime.
A good point to take away from this story
The book is written funny and simply so a pre-teen child can understand it (the recommended age of 9 -12 is perfect), the story telling is masterful, the pace is perfect, and the read is entertaining to young and old alike.
Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I borrowed this book
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