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Hey, I'm about to go on my summer break and I want new books to read.

I just finished 'Sapiens' and 'Homo Deus' by Yuval Noah Harari (books I really enjoyed).
And I'm interested in mythology (especially Norse).

So, any recommendations? I'm open to anything tbh.
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You should read American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
It is fictional so is not very accurate in mythological knowledge but I think it’s really good.
There’s also a tv show of it that came out recently.

It’s a very good novel.
I’ll give you the main gist of the novel:
Basically it’s set in modern America. And there are the new Gods ( gods of things that modern people enjoy like television and stuff)
And there’s the old gods like the Norse, Egyptian and other forgotten not prayed to Gods.

I’m not gonna tell you any spoilers. But one of the characters is Odin.
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Well if you're interested in mythology, there are the big three of the classical world to choose from: The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.

Another option would be Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem about a Scandinavian (I think Danish specifically) king who's immortal and I think he has to kill a monster as well. I think Stephen Fry also did a book of myths called Mythos or something. I don't know any specific Norse works, though I'm sure if you looked online you could find some good translated sagas to buy.

Obviously, if you haven't read J.R.R Tolkien, do so now (he was actually a professor of Old Norse if I remember correctly, so he might have done something related to that, or at least translated some famous saga).

From a non-mythological standpoint though, I can't recommend 'We Are The Ants' by Shaun David Hutchinson enough. I've sang its praises on Reddit, and I can link my much more extensive review of it on there if you like. To summarise it though, it's about a boy dealing with the ramifications of suicide, bullying, and being a teenager in the 2010's.

Fair warning, the main character is gay, and there are a few romance-y bits related to that, so if that puts you off don't bother. But if you do read it, I think you'll really enjoy it. I would consider myself a pretty prolific reader, and I've read a lot of heavy stuff and a lot of the classics and so on, but WATA is the only book to have ever made me cry.

If you really don't like the gay stuff btw, I would also avoid anything written prior to the Christianisation of the Roman Empire, as most of it is pretty damn homoerotic. That includes the first three classics I mentioned.
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(Original post by Rhodesian)
You should read American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
It is fictional so is not very accurate in mythological knowledge but I think it’s really good.
There’s also a tv show of it that came out recently.

It’s a very good novel.
I’ll give you the main gist of the novel:
Basically it’s set in modern America. And there are the new Gods ( gods of things that modern people enjoy like television and stuff)
And there’s the old gods like the Norse, Egyptian and other forgotten not prayed to Gods.

I’m not gonna tell you any spoilers. But one of the characters is Odin.
Sounds interesting. I'll give it a look!
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Factfulness by Hans Rosling. Non-fiction. This one's a real eye-opener and it's currently my favourite.
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(Original post by Rmcewan15)
Well if you're interested in mythology, there are the big three of the classical world to choose from: The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.

Another option would be Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem about a Scandinavian (I think Danish specifically) king who's immortal and I think he has to kill a monster as well. I think Stephen Fry also did a book of myths called Mythos or something. I don't know any specific Norse works, though I'm sure if you looked online you could find some good translated sagas to buy.

Obviously, if you haven't read J.R.R Tolkien, do so now (he was actually a professor of Old Norse if I remember correctly, so he might have done something related to that, or at least translated some famous saga).

From a non-mythological standpoint though, I can't recommend 'We Are The Ants' by Shaun David Hutchinson enough. I've sang its praises on Reddit, and I can link my much more extensive review of it on there if you like. To summarise it though, it's about a boy dealing with the ramifications of suicide, bullying, and being a teenager in the 2010's.

Fair warning, the main character is gay, and there are a few romance-y bits related to that, so if that puts you off don't bother. But if you do read it, I think you'll really enjoy it. I would consider myself a pretty prolific reader, and I've read a lot of heavy stuff and a lot of the classics and so on, but WATA is the only book to have ever made me cry.

If you really don't like the gay stuff btw, I would also avoid anything written prior to the Christianisation of the Roman Empire, as most of it is pretty damn homoerotic. That includes the first three classics I mentioned.
I've read some of Tolkien's works, but I'm on a mission to read more. I'll make sure to check out the other books you mentioned. Thanks for all the recommendations.
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(Original post by Rhodesian)
You should read American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
It is fictional so is not very accurate in mythological knowledge but I think it’s really good.
There’s also a tv show of it that came out recently.

It’s a very good novel.
I’ll give you the main gist of the novel:
Basically it’s set in modern America. And there are the new Gods ( gods of things that modern people enjoy like television and stuff)
And there’s the old gods like the Norse, Egyptian and other forgotten not prayed to Gods.

I’m not gonna tell you any spoilers. But one of the characters is Odin.
damn...that sounds pretty good
think i might check it out too
is the tv show worth a watch?
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