Loki: WICKED, VISCERAL, TRANSGRESSIVE: Norse gods as you've never seen them before

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Loki: WICKED, VISCERAL, TRANSGRESSIVE: Norse gods as you've never seen them before

Loki: WICKED, VISCERAL, TRANSGRESSIVE: Norse gods as you've never seen them before

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Yet it is clear that despite his inclination towards rebelliousness he still seeks a place among the old guard and willingly negotiating the turbulent politics of Asgard. what confuses i suppose and frustrates me about loki, a book that had the potential to be – and for a short while actually was quite excellent is that i cannot figure out what the aim of it or who the target audience truly was. Starting with the Norse creation myths, the trickster god Loki takes the reader on a wild ride through Norse mythology, from the time the gods - the founders of Asgard - defeated races of monsters, and hurtling through famous stories, including Odin hanging himself on the World Tree, the theft of the corrupting gold ring and the murder of Baldr, the god of love and the Sun.

The opening works particularly well, though I did find at times after this Loki's voice started to grate, which to be honest is probably a good depiction of Loki. It’s no surprise that Melvin Burgess, author of Junk and many other powerful novels for teenagers, has chosen the Norse god Loki as the subject of his first adult novel: questioning, tricksy, gender-bending and anti-authority, Loki is perhaps the quintessential teen.His Loki doesn't feel like a powerful god, but rather like a flawed being trying to make the most out of the situations and life he has in front of him. despite taking a staunchly pro-lgbt stance on a verbal level, on multiple instances i found it insulting and uncomfortable to read. Overall this is an interesting and unique take on the Norse myths and if you’re looking for a story was a main character who really leaps off the page, this could be just what you’re looking for. by and large i am glad to have read it, even gladder to be done with it, and have learned a valuable lesson that i hope i will remember the next time a modern retelling of norse myths crosses my path. From creation myths and births to death and Ragnarok, the novel follows an episodic structure as Loki recounts through first person narration events and tales, gods' battles and love affairs, without a rosy sheen.

there's no shame in admitting that i am quite a big fan of norse mythology and loki being advertised as the first adult novel written by the man who ‘revolutionised children's literature with the infamous cult novels junk and doing it’ to quote the blurb (both novels i immensely enjoyed ages 13-14, junk especially) my interest was instantly piqued and i promptly picked up a copy and started reading. Melvin Burgess revolutionised children's literature with the infamous cult novels Junk and Doing It.

Underlying the book is a lot about truth and lies, power, and not being ruled by brutality and narrow-mindedness, which serve as modern messages despite the mythological setting, though some of this is played with through the position of Loki as a trickster god and the reader never being quite sure to what extent Loki is really meant to be telling the "true" story.

Burgess recounts Loki's genius with great gusto, pulling together many tales into one beautifully lyrical masterwork.Alongside the politics of Asgard, the novel charts the course of Loki's many loves and families, from his mothering of Odin's famous horse to his intense, turbulent, and, eventually fatal relationship with Baldr the Beautiful--a tender and moving story of a love that goes wrong. All the characters in the story are well developed and I loved that all the gods are a bit unreliable and untruthworthy. I usually really enjoy Norse myth retellings and this sounded like exactly the kind of thing I would enjoy. Other elements touch on the modern understanding of gender fluidity, with one of the gods (I won't say who, because spoilers) challenging the rigid, patriarchal regime of Thor and Odin with their developing understanding of their own identity.

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