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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: 11,6 x 2,2 x 17,7 cm
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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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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dell Walker am 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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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Melanie Göpfert am 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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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.

This book was provided by the publisher.
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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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The Gospel of Loki - Joanne M Harris 16. September 2014
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Joanne M Harris writes a brilliant psychological study and novel from the first person perspective of the Norse ‘god’ Loki the Trickster and one of the most maligned, misunderstood ‘gods’ in mythology. Joanne writes from Loki’s reflections which enlightens and explores the reasons for his actions, his desire for acceptance, his ‘fall from grace’ and his ultimate ‘treachery’. These observations take in the motives of Loki and the reasons he was pushed to become the traitor of ancient legend.

The Gospel of Loki shows how fallible the Norse Gods were. It underlines that Loki was immediately facing prejudice from the Aesir and Vanir of Asgard, which reflects some modern opinions and bigotry against persons of different races, nationalities, beliefs and upbringing.

Joanne Harris encompasses and embraces the writings of the Prose and Poetic Eddas, in a conceivable timeline which is difficult with the Eddas as they are often vague and inconsistent.

Joanne writes with a very ‘human’ stance on the mythology. She brings in elements which include personal relationships between the gods and other beings but also elaborates on the relationships and emotions of the characters involved.

Joanne through Loki thinly masks, from his perspective, that Loki actually has a heart and soul. In this novel, Loki’s feelings are outwardly denied by himself although his narrative to a degree recognise both his and Odin’s feelings towards each other. Odin makes Loki his ‘blood brother’ (as stated in the Eddas). Again through Loki's narratives relating to his ‘normal’ sons Narvi and Vali who were born by Sigyn – an arranged marriage and whose fate (death) Loki again puts forth with a thinly veiled emotion. Prior to their death, Loki admits his sons’ opinions and disappointment affect him as a father.

Loki continues to deny his emotions throughout The Gospel of Loki, though these are apparent. When Loki is at the final battle at Ragnorak, he ‘waits’ for Odin to parlay or to intervene, but Odin does not. Loki realises that this is the fate of the gods and the world, however he indicates that perhaps Odin’s and his decisions could have changed the course of 'history' by free will.

The prophecies of the Seeress (Voluspa) - (or Mimir) were accepted by the gods as 'ultimate' and unavoidable, but each ‘person’ can interpret prophecies and these could have been questioned. Again Loki states the course of the future might have changed, however the prophecies and fate (which perhaps is understood by Odin and Loki) must proceed.

Joanne handles these details with insight and her incredible ability to capture a character both as a writer, psychologically and with a depth that her readers can understand through not reading about simply fictional characters but as people we know, believe in and understand for better or for worse.

This is truly a brilliant work and worthy reading for anyone interested in Norse Mythology.
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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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An engaging take on Norse mythology 13. Dezember 2014
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‘The Gospel of Loki’, by Joanne M. Harris, is a fantasy fiction book focusing on a retelling of Norse mythology from the point of view of Loki. Going through practically all of the events in it through a humorous and thorough way, when I first heard about this book I felt the immediate need to purchase and read it.

I’ll further preface this review by saying that mythology has always been something I really enjoy, and Loki is one of the gods I am most interested in. Though I’m not entirely familiar with the classical and original works, ‘the trickster,’ is definitely one of the most enjoyable mythological characters out there. Because of this I had some really high expectations of the book, in part because of what I had previously read on Loki in both mythology and fiction, even though I hadn’t heard of this author before.

The book is told by Loki himself, and starts from the time Odin comes across him in his original form of Wildfire from Chaos, tricking him to joining the gods in Asgard. It then advances from there until the very Ragnarok, the story going through all of the events concerning Loki and offering a more ‘personal’ view of these via his point of view. It is clear that the author really knows her mythology from reading ‘The Gospel of Loki’, as practically every myth is included from Loki’s perspective, and her take on the Vanir and Aesir war, as well as Gullvied-Heide is original and brought up some interesting possibilities in understanding the underlying politics and wars involved.

However, the thing I liked the most about this book was that it offered the myths from Loki’s point of view without the ‘wicked’ or ‘evil’ points of view that seem to fill most retellings of Norse myths. Overall it was a strong portrayal of Loki as a vivid character and rebel of Asgard, following his psychological development over this in a way I didn’t expect to see. It was interesting to follow and read, and I found myself rooting and hoping for the best for Loki (even though it was more than clear for me that there was no such thing as a good ending possible in this).

The narrative in this, contrary to what one my expect of a work of this type; is modern, breeze, and witty, and includes modern slang. This was something I ended up feeling quite mixed on, mostly out of my admiration for Tolkien’s use of prose in his translations of classic works and fantasy books, but it otherwise was enjoyable and fitted the atmosphere put forwards by the author.

Despite this, something which remarked me more negatively when reading ‘The Gospel of Loki’ was the attitude that Loki himself had seemingly taken to events. Despite being the star of the show he came across on more than one occasion as boring and whiny. A shame, as the mythological figure itself seems to hardly be either of those things. In addition, I didn’t quite manage to understand why the author felt it like a necessity to attach runes to every god, as it wasn’t fully explained and seemed to work against her as the plot progressed. Further, it seemed that in the end the myths presented suffered from a lack of development for other characters, which weren’t too develop in comparison to Loki himself. This was something I really missed by the end of it, which combined with the narrative style chosen made me miss the fact that this book wasn’t longer.

Overall, ‘The Gospel of Loki’ has some definite good and bad points, but succeeds in being entertaining to read. It presents Norse mythology in an engaging way that makes this book perfect to read for anyone who doesn’t have much knowledge of Norse mythology, and is impossible to get lost in, and I fully recommend it in this sense. For more experienced readers, it is certainly worth reading if only because of the particular point of view it puts across, but it might seem lacking in the end due to its length and choice of approach to the myths. It certainly achieves 4 stars, and won’t disappoint if what you’re expecting when purchasing this book is an introduction of sorts to Norse mythology or just something to pass time with. For a more experienced reader I’d recommend to purchase with care, as the entertainment value of the book itself will definitely vary from person to person.
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