Sunday, October 18, 2009

59. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Brett Helquist

#59

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Title: Odd and the Frost Giants
Author: Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Brett Helquist
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 117
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author Website: www.neilgaiman.com
Twitter: @neilhimself, @harpercollins
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 3/5 stars
Finished: 10-18-09

Neil Gaiman wrote Odd and the Frost Giants for World Book Day in the UK. It is the story of Odd, a Viking child who has had some very bad luck in his short life: his father died, his leg is crushed, his mother remarries a not so kind stepfather, winter seems to never end. In frustration, Odd decides to leave his village and live in the woods. One day, Odd finds himself in the company of a fox, a bear and an eagle, and they have a story to tell Odd; a story that involves Asgard, Midgard, gods and giants, deceit and mischief and cleverness, and Odd finds himself eventually part of their story.

It's a quick tale, and while it doesn't pull the reader into the heart of the story like some of his other books (The Graveyard Book, for instance), Gaiman's writing is still clever, fun and original. If you are a fan of Gaiman's work, I don't think you'll be disappointed in this story.

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