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The Gospel of Loki [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Joanne M Harris
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14. August 2014
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.

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  • Taschenbuch: 302 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gollancz (14. August 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1473203163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473203167
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,6 x 11,2 x 2,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 17.776 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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a fun read, and a nice new slant on the old tales Fortean Times Allan Corduner's charming voicing of our antihero makes us sympathise with him more than we ought to; imaginative accents for the huge cast of gods, giants and demons, and splendid musical effects add to the fun" THE TIMES

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Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted CHOCOLAT (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and many other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Where’s the next Loki temple? 18. April 2014
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The story of the Norse gods from Loki’s point of view. And about time too, the poor Loki has had to bear the brunt of the blame for much too long.
Extremely well written. An unusual subject told with humour and finesse.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very good book about mythology 5. April 2014
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I know many books about the norse mythology and Loki and in every new book they are new aspects and different sides of the myths. Especially I love this book
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Treads the middle path 6. März 2014
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Any author who sets out to tackle the Norse mythology in the current climate of Marvel blockbusters has an interesting task on their hands. Some readers will come to the story knowing only the tales as told through the prism of otherworldly superheros. There will be certain expectations, a certain idea of what makes a good Loki, for example. Then there are those who draw their experience of Asgard from tradition or folk lore, from the many fantasy interpretations that have come about during the many periods of resurgent interest. That’s not to say that these groups won’t mingle nor indeed that a single person can’t enjoy both interpretations but there exists in the public conscience some strong ideas.

So what has Harris done with The Gospel of Loki? Well I think she has trod a middle path. While her Loki lacks the gravitas that drips from Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki, there’s a definite likeable rogue in her Loki, a misunderstood soul - who will tell you as much with a twinkle in his eye. There is much to like in Harris’ Loki, he feels more honest and real, the other gods are too saccharin for my taste to be likable. With Loki you know you can never trust him, but you will like having him around.

Oh he’s a bastard for sure, don’t get me wrong.

The Gospel of Loki walks the middle path by having a protagonist with a very modern register but still structuring the work as if it were a folk tale. The novel is split into a number of books, which are then split into a number of small lessons or chapters each headed with an epigram from Loki’s own sayings, for example :

Lesson Two


One woman; trouble. Two women - Chaos.


Each of these lessons presents a short tale, taken from folklore, and while Loki relates the tale in the first person and in a modern register, the tales themselves are light on, in terms of world building, just like a folktale. There is no attempt to try and explain the god’s magic or Glam outside of its existence, nor how the power of runes work, they just do.

These chapters I think also provide much needed rest stops from the first person point of view which can be wearing on the reader if you’re not careful.

I think if you like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, you’ll appreciate Harris’. Likewise if you have a preference for the traditional over the super heroic you’ll enjoy the many stories drawn together in The Gospel of Loki, to produce a nice cohesive narrative.

It’s eminently readable.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stellar writing and storytelling! A true literary masterpiece. One of the best books of 2014. 27. Februar 2014
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Writing 5/5
Imagination 5/5
Plot 5/5
Setting 5/5
Characters 5/5

My Overall Enjoyment 5/5

Stellar writing and storytelling! A true literary masterpiece. One of the best books of 2014. This was so light and fluid to read it was a non-stop joy. There were so many beautiful turns of phrase that it took much longer to read this than it normally would because I kept going back rereading paragraphs and sentences. Immediately upon finishing, I planned to read this again; something pretty rare for me. This author is new to me and to fantasy writing but I really hope she writes another fantasy book.

I am not overly familiar with Norse Mythology but the new reader need not worry. This book includes a "who's who" upfront and jumps into Loki's tale. It's in modern voice which is a neat juxtaposition with the ancient story it tells. The narrator, Loki, absolutely comes alive in this book with such a true and unique voice. Laugh-out-loud funny then twisted and dark the next page, Loki seems so real, with the inconsistencies and contradictions that make up every individual.

Highly recommended for EVERYONE! This book was perfect by every measure available. I really can't imagine anyone could find it less than delightful. There are themes for everyone and this is a story of human history and the human condition; jealousy, love, hatred, evil, revenge, the search for knowledge and wisdom, power, greed, sorrow, fear, and on and on. I feel more enlightened about the world after reading this book; it put a smile on my face. I want more.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Some hits and misses 18. Juli 2014
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I should preface this by saying that I'm a huge fan of Norse mythology; I've read and discussed many of the sagas and myths, and I'm very familiar with the runes and rune poems as well. So I was really excited to read this book, even though that meant ordering from out of the country and paying the extra shipping, as it's not available on Kindle. I had never heard of this author, though apparently she's well known and highly regarded in the UK. Also, given the amount of attention the character of Loki has gotten due to the Marvel movies, and how well Tom Hiddleston portrayed the complexity and vigor of that character, I had some pretty high expectations for the book. (And, the title--"The Gospel of Loki"? I appreciate the allusion to the Bible's Gospels, but that's setting up some pretty big shoes to fill, IMHO. This book needed to be an engaging, rock-solid satire to live up to a title like that.)

--She really knows her mythology (apparently she is studying ancient Norse at the moment), and almost every major myth is included (though of course from Loki's perspective).
--Her take on the Vanir/Aesir war and Gullvieg-Heide was one I hadn't seen before, and brought up some interesting possibilities for my understanding the deities and politics involved.
--It was great to see the myths from Loki's point of view, a la "Wicked" and "Maleficent". (However, it's not actually that great of an example of that genre.)
--To be fair, the book did start out strong, portraying Loki as vivid rebel about to take on Asgard; and the snappy chapter titles were entertaining.

--Loki, the star of the show, was for the most part boring and whiny. He's arguably one of the most interesting characters of *any* mythology, anywhere; how anyone could make such an interesting god this bland and one-sided, I'll never know.
--By about a third of the way through the book, the chapter titles started feeling a schtick, and Loki started to lose his panache.
--I know the runes and rune poems, but even so, I didn't understand why she assigned which runes to which god; it was not very intuitive and I didn't get the logic behind these choices at all. This component actually worked against her, because it really undermined my suspension of disbelief every time one was mentioned.
--Though I strongly approve of someone researching the actual myths and presenting them in a palatable way to a larger audience, I think she did so at the cost of a more engaging, realistic story. I feel kind of sacrilegious in saying this, but I think I would have preferred that she *not* include a myth or two, or that she had created more of her own storyline to fill in the blanks. I love these myths, but it was stretch trying to wrap them up into one coherent narrative, and the book suffered for it.
--Finally, Loki isn't the *only* interesting and complex character in Norse mythology; the myths are rife with them, both deities and other mythological entities. However, only Odin, Mimir, and Gullvieg were portrayed as anything more than bland caricatures. A good leading man needs some equally strong characters to butt up against, or the story gets boring. While a few characters ended up being more solid than they appeared, I think it was too little too late to save the story.

So overall, the story had a few good points, but a lot of drawbacks as well. I kept starting and stoppping this book several times because I kept losing interest in it, and is not my usual M.O. when reading fiction. In my opinion, interested readers should borrow the book from the library.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I loved this book!!! 10. Mai 2014
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This book was amazing! I had already read Runemarks and Runelight, so I was really looking forward to this one. The retelling of the Norse mythology from Loki's point of view was brilliant. His story covers it's funny and witty, yet dark and sad in places. I couldn't put it down! I would definately recommended it, not just to Norse mythology buffs, but readers of the comics and fans of the Marvel movies as well. They would appreciate Loki's sense of humor and the trouble it gets him into, and probably sympathize with him when he suffers the consequences. I know I did. Quite simply put, I loved this book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny and wicked.. 24. März 2014
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Joanne Harris's Gospel is a great read about Norse Mythology. (For people who don't know; Loki- the Trickster- is the arch-villain of the Norse pantheon and he is the God who will be the end of other Gods. )

Joanne Harris's story gives Loki a voice to tell his own version of Ragnarok and she does a great job at that. Loki's version is humorous, intelligent and deliciously wicked. J. Harris has done some in depth research and her expertise simply shows.

It is a fun and fast paced read. Highly recommended.
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