Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
This is a retelling of the myth-cycle of the Norse gods. Thor, Odin, Loki and others have their hates, feuds and fates retold. This is told in an assured voice. This is a tale of thicko Thor, the loathsome Loki and the god’s illusory rule. Why does Loki not have great intentions? Why is he socially shunned? Why do the gods inhabit such a hostile landscape? Why does Loki have such an unprecedented level of hostility? Why does he have such guileless truculence? Why does he do such shameful deeds? This was okay.
“When something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”
“Loki looked down and did his best to appear ashamed.”
“He dropped Loki from high above his head on to the floor.”
“He had lost a number of otherwise excellent weapons by throwing them at things that irritated him and missing,”
“Shame was not Loki’s way.”
“Threatened to use Mjollnir to shut Loki’s evil mouth for good.”