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Qwallath

Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

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Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom
The Gospel of Loki - Joanne M Harris

So far (first ten chapters or so), The Gospel of Loki is an amusing retelling of most of the major plots in Nordic mythology. While Harris' perspective is supposedly Loki's, this seems to limit itself to first person descriptions and wry commentary from the Trickster God's point of view.

 

It's easy enough going, but Harris' attempts at humour are mostly rather feeble and trite, with a few exceptions. I wonder whether this book is aimed at a young adult audience, or whether I am insulting young adults' maturity by making such a suggestion.

 

That said, it's fun to read, but I'm starting to wonder how much of it is due to the intrinsic strengths of the myths and how much can be chalked down for Harris' skills as a writer. Guess I'll have a think...