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The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million copy bestselling author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris.The 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-The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million copy bestselling author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris.The 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 novel.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, more 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....

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The Gospel of Loki Reviews

  • Kathylill
    2019-01-02 08:24

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

  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-01-09 13:10

    ''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, 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!). Iðunn 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 Skaði, 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...

  • Blair
    2019-01-08 10:23

    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 the more out-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.

  • Lucy Hounsom
    2019-01-09 09:30

    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, Ragnarók 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 Ragnarók. 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 him more air-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 a more inclusive narrative structure? She has Loki’s voice down brilliantly, so why not use it to coerce readers into a world more her own? There are some who might appreciate a less orthodox approach to these myths.Despite a few clichés, 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 see more depth, more 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.

  • Miranda
    2019-01-13 13:34

    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 to more of 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.

  • Liz
    2019-01-20 11:15

    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 enamored with the Norse myths, the legends, the gods and the most popular trickster of all time - Loki. What is even more important - 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 arrogant...yeah, 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 one more time before the end of 2014. Soooooooo...Highly recommended!

  • Phrynne
    2018-12-22 11:08

    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.

  • Gabrielle
    2018-12-23 16:33

    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 feels more fleshed out than "Norse Mythology", which was a third-person omniscient narrator, and had a slightly more detached 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 been more satisfying 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 trickster...So, 3 non-committal stars. People who haven't read much on Norse Mythology might enjoy this more than those who know their stuff a bit better.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2018-12-29 10:27

    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 everything more carefully. 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, more 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 vastly more entertaining, 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.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-03 15:20

    It seems that history hasn't remembered Loki--the trickster god, father of lies, wildfire, chaos incarnate--kindly. Now, after Ragnarok has brought an end to the rule of Odin, Loki finds himself with plenty of time on his hands--and he's using that time to set the record straight. In a witty, anachronistic voice, Loki retells the famous myths of Norse mythology from his perspective, highlighting how he was a victim of fate and a necessary counterbalance to Order (indeed, Odin pulled him out of Chaos to give weight and meaning to the regimented rule he established). As such, all of his guile and machinations are simply the fulfillment of his required role, as necessary as the wind blowing or the tides rising and falling, and his status as a demon chosen to live among the gods makes him a perpetual outcast. Loki is, of course, the most unreliable of narrators and seems to "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" the reader while casting himself as history's ultimate scapegoat.The book consists of a retelling and, in some instances, a recasting of popular Norse myths. There's not really a cohesive plot, but rather a scattered collection of stories that ultimately move the narrative through time. Those looking for the Loki of the Marvel universe may find a few parallels, but ultimately this is a Loki distinctly different from his comic book incarnation (in fact, halfway through the book I had stopped picturing Loki as Tom Hiddleston--one could argue this as a blessing or a curse). As for those looking for a faithful account of Norse myth? I have no idea as to how Joanne Harris's Loki matches up with the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda as I've never read either, but I did find the overall telling of the myths to be fun and accessible (also far more successful than a lot of the "gods in modern day" narratives featuring Greek and Roman deities).

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-01-21 11:07

    I have always loved the Norse myths. This love has even survived being made, age ten, to re-enact the saga of Thor and the giants. As this involved stomped around on wooden stilts (we were giants obviously) in a linen tunic chanting something like "We are great and men are sods, we will conquer men and gods" ad infinitum, it's amazing that I would want to revisit anything that brings back such memories. But no, Viking lore and Norse mythology remains as intriguing as ever, and this new book by Joanne Harris is a lovely addition to the more serious works in the genre.Loki makes an entertaining if unreliable narrator. In a running motif throughout the book, he warns us of various people we should never trust – a wise man, a relative, a friend – and inevitably we discover that no one can be trusted, including Loki himself.The tone of The Gospel of Loki is quite light, at odds with some of the darker and more twisted events straight from the myths. It feels as though it were written from the point-of-view of a modern Loki, reminiscing about the distant past, possibly while relaxing at a café with a coffee in one hand and a pen in the other. At times this can be a little jarring, but mainly the casual style adds to the experience, emphasising the cheery-trickster aspect of our narrator. Harris clearly knows and is fascinated by the Norse myths – she is currently studying Old Norse – and, luckily for us, that fascination translates into a charming book.Full review here*Received direct from the publisher through NZ Booklovers.

  • Sud666
    2018-12-21 09:35

    "The General (Odin) didn't know it then, but what he needed was a friend whose morals were flexible enough to handle the moral low ground while Odin lorded it on high, keeping Order, untouchable...Basically, he needed me."There was once a "Prophecy of the Oracle" as told to Odin Allfather by the head of Mimir the Wise. This is the story of the rise and fall of Asgard. Many are familiar with the events but this time there is a slight change. This version of the Oracle, if not the whole tale, is called the Lokabrenna. Thus this saga of the Norse pantheon is told by Loki.As Odin is formed from the forces of Order, so was Loki formed by Chaos. Yet, Odin still recruits Loki with the promise of having a non-magical form (versus the "Aspect" which is their god-form) and brotherhood. Loki accepts but events go downhill from there.This retells many of the famous sagas that make up Norse myths. many will be familiar, even if there ARE changes. Of course there are-this is told from the standpoint of Loki. I enjoyed his outlook not only on the other gods but also on morality. Of course I tend to lean towards Loki anyways. An enjoyable tale for any fan of Norse mythology. It is told in a sarcastic style that fits Loki to a tee. Perhaps the only thing I didn't care for (and it was not that big a deal) is the use of modern colloquialisms. It just seems a bit off for a tale of this nature. Still- a good read.

  • Carien
    2019-01-01 12:25

    This book is so good!I've always wondered why Loki is painted as plain evil most of the time, while his Shakespearian alter ego Puck gets to keep the ambiguous status that, in my opinion, is the heart of Loki: neither good or bad, he's chaos after all. He's trickster, prankster and even a bit of a clown. Harris understands this perfectly and shows Loki as I see him. Her writing is both fun and funny and even while a lot of the stories were familiar for me, I enjoyed reading them and seeing them from Loki's point of view. Harris manages to make you understand Loki, loathe those Gods who are mean to him, and root for Loki to succeed in his plans. All in all this book is even better than I hoped it would be and I will most certainly reread it often. I can advice this book to everyone who loves retellings of old myths and to anyone who ever thought Loki wasn't getting a fair treatment.

  • Emma
    2019-01-17 09:21

    I didn't know much about Norse mythology when I picked up this book but this was an enjoyable way to learn a little more.. The rise and fall of Loki, the trickster, born from Chaos, who lies and irritates the Hel out of, well everyone! This is a clever take, Loki tells us his version of events in a memorable voice. The book reads as a series of episodes rather than a single narrative, the chapters were short and it was easy to both pick the book up and put it down. Perfect for a quick break / read maybe when you don't have time to sit down and get engrossed.

  • Kaora
    2018-12-30 10:20

    I haven't read a lot of Mythology books. It is not a lack of interest, it's more that I did not know which books were good. So I came into this book with very little knowledge of Norse Mythology other than what I know from Thor (the movie). And while this book packs in a lot of information in under 300 pages, Loki tells his story with a lot of wit, making it an interesting read....a handsome young man named Honor (nicknamed 'The Silent' in the hope tat one day he might take the hint)"Oww! That was unnecessary." That was the tip of a young poplar, right in the spot where even a god feels it keenly.The Gospel of Loki, is a new point of view in very old stories. You see why he came to be the way he was, and I even found myself feeling a little bit sorry for him, for as smart and tricky as he is, he seemed to never come out of any situation unscathed.Each chapter begins with a valuable piece of advice summarizing what Loki learns in his journeys, from which came some of my favorite lines:One woman; trouble. Two women - Chaos.Always look on the bright side. And if there is no bright side? Look away.A bird in the hand will leave you with bird shit on your fingers.I highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in Mythology or someone wanting a hilarious book with a fresh perspective.

  • Damian Dubois
    2019-01-19 14:31

    Having seen this on a list of books to be released early 2014 back in December last year, The Gospel of Loki was definitely on my much anticipated 'to-read' list. However, the name of the author, Joanne M. Harris, didn't ring any bells and it was only after looking her up that I realised she was the one behind the movie Chocolat. Can't say I've seen it, is it any good...?Basically put, this is a retelling of old Norse Mythology but rather than being the officially authorised Prophecy of the Oracle as told to Odin Allfather by the Head (yes, the head!) of Mimir the Wise, this is the recounting of said events through the eyes of the much maligned and misunderstood God of Tricks and Deception, Loki the Light-Bringer. And you just know that when you are dealing with a being who makes an everyday living out of playing pranks and generally being a deceptive bastard that you have to take everything he says with more than just a pinch of salt. Unreliable narrator and all that jazz...Now I have a sin to confess. I must be one of a maybe a handful of people that actually hasn't seen either of the Loki Thor movies and so therefore didn't read this book in the 'voice' of Tom Hiddleston. If I had to hazard a guess I would say that his portrayal of the deceptive God must have been pretty darn good as I've seen quite a few of my friends voicing their desire to carry this man's baby (Source: Facebook). Anyway, having now read this book I will have to man up to my confession, buy the DVD's and see what all the fuss is about.The Gospel of Loki makes for light reading and although a little on the short side (302 pages overall, shorter than advertised) is an entertaining read overall. For the majority of the book I did enjoy the character of Loki but there were times as well where his voice did begin to grate, his constant referring to himself as 'Your Humble Narrator' or him quipping ‘so shoot me’ just two examples of this. And as for being the so called Trickster God he certainly got played by the greedy, clever and spiteful Sorceress, Gullveig-Heid. In fact (view spoiler)[ she usurped Loki’s position within Chaos and replaced his aspect of Wildfire with her aspect of Burning Ambition. Ah, Loki, if only you had swallowed your pride and rejoined the Aesir and Vanir camp maybe you wouldn’t have found yourself residing in purgatory after Ragnarók and the End of Everything...(hide spoiler)]Loki is joined by all your other favourite Norse Gods; one-eyed Odin, the All-Father; Thor the Thunderer with his famous hammer, Mjølnir; Heimdall the Watchmen, not Loki’s biggest fan; Freyja, the Goddess of Desire, vain, petty and a bold eyed hussy; Balder, god of peace, aka Golden Boy and Idun, keeper of the golden apples of eternal youth. As this book is told from Loki’s perspective, the only other character that Harris fleshes out is Odin, the others all coming across rather one dimensional. Some of the events involving Thor are a real hoot though, especially the one involving Thor’s wedding to the Thrym, the chieftain of the Ice Folk...Thunder crashed; lightning blazed; the hammer did its deadly work. ‘Something borrowed, something blue’ – well, they’d borrowed the hammer, I guess, and soon the happy multitude were all going to be as blue as anything...Within five minutes the hall of Thrym was piled with broken corpses. You had to admit he was good – not smart, but a death machine on two legs. Men, women, servants, dogs. All fell beneath Mjølnir. And then, when the bloodlust subsided at last, we went back to Asgard together, not speaking a word until we arrived within sight of our battlements.Just to finish up I would like to mention a couple of criticisms that detracted from my overall enjoyment of the novel. The use of modern language, both for dialogue and descriptions, really jarred me out of the novel. I know now that this book was meant to be a more 'modern' retelling of the old myth but that part just didn't work for me. And although I did enjoy this book, I feel like The Gospel of Loki was a missed opportunity. In the hands of a master storyteller (for me that would be Steven Erikson) this book could have been absolutely brilliant. The world building, the intense and exhilarating battle scenes, the fleshing out and depth of character he could have provided really would have gone and made this book something special indeed. Well, we got what we got and for the most part it was a pretty good read. Recommended for anybody that is a fan of mythology or the beloved Loki, the Norse God with a notorious reputation for trickery and deceit.3½ stars

  • Michael
    2019-01-05 09:32

    If you’ve been on the internet (especially Tumblr) in the last few years, chances are that you would know who Loki is. Popularised by Marvel Comics and the recent Thor movies Loki is originally found in Norse mythology. Joanne Harris, best known for novels like Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange, tries her hand at fantasy under the name Joanne M. Harris. The Gospel of Loki follows the story of the trickster god, Loki, from his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos to become a Norse god.“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, more 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.”Told from the perspective of Loki, The Gospel of Loki starts off in a playful tone as you can see by the above text. This tone continues throughout the novel, keeping a light and entertaining look at the ultimate trickster. Joanne Harris picked a challenging topic to tackle for her first attempt in Fantasy. Trying to get the balance between the Norse mythology and the popular conceptions as told by Marvel would be problematic. I don’t pretend to know much about the mythology and possibly less about the Marvel comics but I think Harris captured the character really well. We can debate whether Marvel follows the mythology or not but what I got in this novel was the mischievous, unreliable, jokester that I expect from Loki.To play devil’s advocate, I must point to the title of this novel, The Gospel of Loki. The word gospel suggests that this is the unquestionable truth of Loki’s life, a first-hand account of what happened. Loki is an unreliable character and since he is often known as a lying, manipulative, demon-born anti-hero, the only source of truth (or as close as allowed) can only come in first person. My problem would be the modern tone of the whole novel; the mythology was formed hundreds of years ago, so I expected the language to be different. I expected the writing to feel dated, something Fantasy does really well but this novel felt like it was set in current times.Overall this is an entertaining novel that explores the mythology of Loki in an interesting way. While each chapter seems to be a little story that interconnects with the overall plot, it also gives glimpses into Loki’s character. You get an in-depth look into Loki, learning about his story and life lessons. With such detail into the primary character, it’s a little sad to see that all the other characters were so flat, especially his adoptive brother Thor. Then again, Loki is so narcissistic that going into details about everyone else would feel a fake.I’m of two minds with this novel, on one hand I think Harris did a great job in giving me a brief (but unofficial) look into the life of Loki. Everything I’ve read of hers I’ve liked and for a fantasy novel, The Gospel of Loki worked really well. Then again, this was a fantasy novel and I often struggle with them, but I think this was far too modern which stopped the story from ringing true. I have to wonder what someone with a detailed knowledge of Loki, the Norse god or Marvel super villain thinks of this book.This review originally appeared on my blog;

  • Chris
    2018-12-25 16:13

    Apparently Loki is the man of the moment. He needs to thank Tom Hiddleston for that apparently. While some of those who pick up Joanne Harris’ latest might be hoping for Loki a la Marvel, those of us who know about the real Loki are in for a great ride. The conceit behind the novel is obvious from the title. The story starts with Loki joining the Aesir and ends with Ragnork. It is the TMZ version of the story as it were. It’s hilarious. It’s strange addictive even though the reader knows that Loki is as trustworthy as the proverbial scorpion on the tortoise or frog. But like the scorpion at least Loki is honest about it. Part of what makes the book a laugh riot is the quotes that precede each chapter. Examples: “Never trust a ruminant” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away. No one’s immune to bribery.” “A bird in the hand will leave you with birdshit on your fingers”.That last one is really true. Loki doesn’t make apologies for who he is, and while he is the hero of the piece, he is hardly a hero. It’s refreshing to read a retelling of a story from the bad guy’s point of view where the bad guy is still the bad guy. You might think the modern tone of voice would be annoying and jarring, but it’s not. It’s surprising nice. Harris might have been inspired to write this by the Thor movies, but this is a unique look at the famous myths and really nice to read.

  • TL
    2019-01-21 14:10

    I was really excited going into this book and It didn't disappoint:-)Loki's voice cane through loud and clear;-) I loved seeing his point of view on the myths (specially the part of Thor in the wedding dress).. several times i got odd looks cause i was shaking my head and laughing at multiple parts.Loki is a fascinating character... so many sides to him and yes I do love Tom hiddleston portraying him but the more i read separately from the marvel films, the more fascinated I became..loved how each chapter was headed by a quote from loki and different "lessons" throughout too... still not a fan of Odin. at the first couple chapters, I was "meh"... not seeing much new but the further I got in, my doubts flew out the window.Seeing how Loki was treated and how everyone distrusted him, I didn't blame him for wanting revenge... even if he went a bit far at times. A bit of a different twist on Sigyn and Angie (for me anyway).. a couple of Loki's thoughts on his wife had me snorting and smiling but I liked how miss Harris wrote her.A little twist at the end with one part of the prophecy had me blinking. . did not see that coming.. once the prophecy was laid out in full it made sense and you wonder if things would have been different if Odin and Loki had trusted each other.. the ending is open, teasing you with. possible future tales of our favorite trickster. all in all, a great book and worth shipping from the UK:-)excuse any typos, typing from phone, wil fix any major ones tomorrow

  • The Shayne-Train
    2019-01-19 09:22

    This is one of those books that should have been a five-star. I love Loki, both in Marvel and in Norse deity Aspect. I love the stories of Norse mythology. I love unreliable narrators. I love "this is MY side of the story" narratives.So why didn't this blow me away? I can't really explain it. Maybe my own head-place?Well, I liked it, anyway. And that's what a three-star review means. So that's what it gets. So shoot me.

  • Nikki
    2019-01-10 12:11

    I love Loki's voice in this. I promised Joanne Harris I wouldn't mention A Certain Actor, but actually, I think she makes her Loki pretty distinct anyway. It's recognisably her writing, her way of getting into a character's head -- I think I could recognise the style somehow without ever knowing the author -- and she makes it work very well. I've actually found over time that I prefer her other work, like Chocolat, to Runemarks, Runelight and The Gospel of Loki, which are ostensibly closer to my usual genre, but I still liked this a lot.It sticks fairly close to the source texts of the Eddas, while also linking fairly closely with Runemarks and Runelight, from what I can recall of those books. But you don't need to read any of those to enjoy Loki's version of his own story -- though it would probably help you appreciate the wry asides and the neat little twists to the tale.If I was going to compare this to anything, I'd actually talk about Sassafrass' My Brother, My Enemy, which gives Loki a voice to justify what he did in a similar way. The main difference is that the song gives both Loki and Odin justification for their actions, while Joanne Harris' version shows that neither of them are really justified, and left me wanting to bang the heads of both sides together.Anyway, definitely fun and compulsively readable, as all Joanne Harris' work has been for me. I love some of her descriptions of Ragnarok -- she nailed it, even if I couldn't stop seeing Chris Hemsworth smashing Bifrost. (Sorry. I didn't promise not to mention that actor.)

  • Giovanna
    2019-01-10 11:25

    1.5Here's what I wanted from this book: Uhm wrong gif!!! Sorry not sorry .Uhm I meant, this:And maybe some of this:What I actually got left me like:And:(Watch this one at your own risk)And it looked like:But with no drama Which gets me to this:SO. BORING.Long story short: this book is damn flat. Harris' writing was so flat she managed to make Loki seem boring. I actually struggled to finish it, because I wasn't interested in it at all. Just to be clear though, this book is in no way terrible and Loki's character is not bad, but the main reason behind this rating is how boring the whole thing was.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-12 09:13

    The tale of the gods, the Aesir and Vanir, from their humble beginnings, through their glory, to their downfall, as told by . . . yep, Loki. Who has a breezy, sassy, anachronism-laden way of telling his side of the story. Misunderstood, unloved, unlucky, but full of plots and plans, this was exactly what I was hoping for!

  • Arun Divakar
    2019-01-03 12:23

    Hello there, I see that you are wondering who I am. My name is Loki and I am not Tom Hiddleston. Marvel studios and its comics lineup has done a fine job in making my name a household one but nothing could be farther from the truth. You see, I am not a fine spoken British gentleman who fights costumed super powered human beings in NYC. My abode is a place of biting cold, darkness and incessant violence. I was a sentient being when the concept of a world itself was beyond comprehension. I was around when the first beings took tentative steps on Earth. Teased from the bowels of chaos, I took form and being among Odin and his kin in Asgard. This is the story of how a peace loving and honest individual was corrupted into commiting one atrocity after another all in the name of accpetance into a pack of rabid dogs (or gods ?). A naive and trusting mind was my undoing and one help after another that I did for them 'gods' gained them admirers galore while I was decried as the trickster and the mischief maker. They tortured me, imprisoned me, killed my sons, chained another son and murdered my wife and what did I do ? Brought down Ragnarok on them ! That's what I did. Let them all rot in hel and let not even a sliver of memory of them remain. That is what you get for double crossing me, you arrogant buggers ! What is left of me ? There is consciouness somewhere but I think that is not enough for me to assume a form to walk the Earth again. I can remember the satiated feeling that revenge filled me with but beyond it there was nothing. Perhaps I will come back again or perhaps this will be my eternal prison. Until we meet again human ! And remember, I am not Tom Hiddleston.Note : It is not a great book but the portrayal of Loki as a terribly flawed character is good. The tone that Loki adopted however suits an angst riddled teenager than a vengeful god.

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    2018-12-23 10:21

    A disappointing novel for me, more suited to dedicated fans of Norse mythology. I wanted so badly to like this novel. I loved the idea of it: a retelling of Norse legends from the perspective of the unreliable narrator Loki, aka the Trickster. I expected it to be funny, snarky and irreverent, and with a rollicking spirit of mischief. There were moments of this flair, but not enough to carry the story for me. Those who are more familiar than I with Norse mythology would be better able to appreciate the ways in which Harris’ retelling reshapes the personalities and roles of the various gods of Asgard. For me, with only the vaguest knowledge of these tales, I constantly felt like I was on the back foot, left out of jokes that I had no hope of ‘getting’.I enjoyed the writing style and format of the book for about the first 60 pages. It felt like reading a light, snarky comic book. The chapters were short and each covered a specific ‘lesson’ that Loki learnt, or wished to impart to readers.“Work. Like pain, I sensed that this was an experience I would want to avoid as often as possible.”However, the format began to get on my nerves, as there was no relief from the episodic nature of the stories within the story and the overarching narrative was painfully dull. Every chapter ended with some proclamation that doom was approaching, and yet doom appears no closer at all until the final 3 chapters. There were moments of respite, in particular I enjoy a series of chapters which dealt with Loki and Thor’s adventures together, but even this ended with a let-down as it contributed nothing much in the end to furthering the plot.Harris does have a way with words that shines through from time to time, and one of my favourite quotes could have appeared in any contemporary novel and not felt out of place:“I don’t pretend to know much about love, but that’s how great loves come to an end, not in the flames of passion, but in the silence of regret.”Unfortunately this is not really expanded on or explored in any meaningful way, and readers are left to assume that Loki has learnt a lesson, though due to his almost complete lack of character development, this is hard to confirm. I think the first person past tense format hampered the ability of Harris to develop any of the characters in the story, from the outset Loki addresses readers directly and refers to himself as ‘your humble narrator’ frequently. This coupled with the constant assertions that he is ‘telling’ the story with the benefit of hindsight make it almost impossible to get a sense of the starting point for the protagonist, and creates a barrier of distance to the other characters who populate Asgard.My final criticism of this book relates to how it was marketed. I picked it up in the YA section, and the writing style is very simplistic, suggesting it would be suitable for the younger end of the YA market. But the content really doesn’t seem to align with that. There are mentions of things better suited to older audiences, and I would place this in the 16+ age appropriate range.Overall for me this book was really disappointing, but I can see how those who are more familiar with Norse mythology would enjoy this far more than I did. The writing overall is clean and clear, and there is a lot of humour. Greater understanding of the broader mythological context would definitely help smooth out some of the difficulties I had with the episodic style and the lack of character development. In many ways this reminded me of fan-fiction, where it relied heavily on prior knowledge to bulk out the story.

  • Eleanor
    2019-01-18 11:11

    I was very disappointed. It claims to be written for adults, but to me it seemed to be aimed at mid teens or younger in terms of language and style. The Norse myths are fascinating, but not relayed by someone who calls himself Yours Truly and tries to be hip but only succeeds in being tiresome. Two stars for the idea of telling the story from Loki's point of view, but that's all.

  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    2019-01-08 16:15

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]I was quite keen on reading this one, but now that I'm done, I can't help but feel that something was sorely lacking, and that the portrayal of several of the gods and goddesses wasn't what I wanted to read.Don't get me wrong: different portrayals aren't bad per se. They allow to shed another light on a character, to see a specific element in another way, to cast a whole other meaning and play with what is the "officially accepted" meaning, and so on. However, even though I'm fare from being a specialist in Norse mythology, I didn't really understand some of the choices made here. For starters, what was wrong with Loki as a Jötunn (I'm not a proponento f Christian interpretations, so having here as a "demon" was definitely weird)? I especially couldn't agree with the portrayal of Sigyn done here. I've always felt there should be more to her than what we know of, but seeing her reduced to a soupy housewife made half-crazed and happy to finally control his husband in the cave didn't sit well with me. Granted, Loki made fun of all the gods and goddesses, only the way it happened with this one didn't seem like an appropriate idea.The tone of the story was somewhat light and funny in spite of the end of the Worlds it was bound to lead to, and highlighted Loki as a Trickster. The two episodes with Sleipnir and Thor disguised as a bride were particularly fun to read—I can never get tired of the latter, I guess. The gods and goddesses in general weren't shown under their best colours, which here too fits with Loki's point of view (being able to see the defects in people, himself included, and using them to his own advantage).The "trickster tricked", though, is another peeve I couldn't shake off. Loki has always been a very ambiguous figure for me, not an evil one, so while his portrayal as being rejected because he's a "demon" fits with his growing resentment (wouldn't things have been different he had been accepted as Odin promised he'd be?), the end result looked more like a child being constantly thwarted and then whining about his fate, than a God bent on revenge for having been wronged once too often. This is not the kind of Loki I wanted to read about. He deserves more than that; his being tricked does happen (Útgarða-Loki being a good example), yet it quickly felt as if he always got the end of the shaft without never learning anything, and it doesn't seem believable that a character like this one could be tricked from beginning to end.I was probably also a bit annoyed by the omniscient view cast over the story, as it is told from Loki's point of view after Ragnarök: I tend to grow quickly tired of structures of the "but the worst was still to come" kind. It didn't help me to stay immersed in the narrative.Overall it was a strange reading experience: when I was in it, it was alright, but every time I stopped, I had trouble picking the book again. It *is* pretty close to the Edda stories in some ways if you except the demon/Pandaemonium one, and probably this is both a strong and a weak point, as in the end, apart from being narrated by Loki, it doesn't bring that much novelty or development to the already known myths. The Gods remain fairly one-dimensional, and while it was somewhat fun to read, I don't feel like I'll be opening this book again one day.

  • Stephanie (Bookfever. ♥)
    2018-12-27 14:19

    “Loki, that's me. Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies.”I don't even know where to begin with my review of The Gospel of Loki. I can genuinely say that it was fantastic, funny, entertaining and I even think this is the best book I've read so far this year. So even though I'm a huge mythology fan I didn't know a whole lot about Norse mythology. After this book I must say that I know more than I knew before so yes, this book is pretty informative and it's obvious that Joanne Harris put a lot of effort into this story and did her research. Pretty amazing!Although I wasn't too well known with Norse mythology, like I said before. I've always liked Loki the most of all the gods. Marvel may have something to do with that but whatever... I loved the way Loki recounted the story, telling his version of events. He was so funny. I laughed my ass off a lot while reading it and I'd definitely recommend reading the character list. But Loki? He was also dramatic, deadly in his own away and just plain fabulous. Yeah, I loved him in this story.The writing was excellent, too. The descriptions of Asgard and the other worlds made me feel like I was really there. It really was a pleasure to read about all of Loki's adventures. I can't remember the last book I enjoyed this book. It was simply superb! Everyone should absolutely read this book.

  • Margaret
    2019-01-03 16:36

    This 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 himself. 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.

  • Bárbara Morais
    2018-12-26 11:11

    3,5?Não sei até que ponto a tradução interferiu, mas peguei esse livro esperando uma narracao de mitologia nórdica numa voz irreverente e sarcástica, cheia de piadas e coisa e tal, mas no final ficou um pouco abaixo das minhas expectativas?Tipo, achei que ficou um pouco formal às vezes e a narrativa não conseguiu se sustentar por muito tempo, ficando meio cansativo. :(Queria ter amado muitoooooo affe