Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
The winter isn’t ending. Nobody knows why.
And Odd has run away from home, even though he can barely walk and has to use a crutch. Out in the forest he encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle – three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is faced with a stranger journey than he had ever imagined.
A journey to save Asgard, City of the Norse Gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it. It’s going to take a very special kind of boy to defeat the most dangerous of all the Frost Giants and rescue the mighty Gods. Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever. Someone just like Odd…
I was in my local library, looking for a quick read, and I bumped into this little guy. I’ll confess that the only reason I picked this book was because of its author. After falling in love with “Good Omens” and Neil Gaiman’s wit, I decided to give this a go. So here’s a little bit about the story. (Oh, it is a children’s book btw).
Odd is a misfit in his Norse village. After the death of his father and an accident that leaves him crippled, he doesn’t seem to be much use to anyone. The villagers are growing restless as winter refuses to cede to spring, and Odd heads into the forest. He runs into a bear, a fox, and an eagle who turn out to be Thor, Loki and Odin, and they have been transformed and exiled from Asgard, the city of the gods. Asgard is in the hands of the Frost Giants, and winter will not end unless they are driven out. The exiles believe the situation is hopeless, but clever Odd heads to Asgard to confront the Frost Giants and save the mortal world.
Now, as I’ve said before, I had no idea what this book was about so I didn’t know what to expect. And I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was about mythology. I absolutely love mythology, it never ceases to amaze me, so that made this read quite fun for me. The story is simple, yet original story, and as with all good children’s books it’s perfect for adults too. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick yet entertaining read.