Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have once again been reunited to create a stunning work of art that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The magical duo’s latest project is this visually moving edition of Gaiman’s beloved Odd and the Frost Giants, the tale of Odd, a young, unlucky boy, who has the unfortunate task of saving Asgard and ending the endless winter. As fate has chosen Odd for this daunting journey, we have chosen three different heroes—united by their love for Neil Gaiman—to follow Odd on his adventure and share their thoughts along the way.
1. What do you love about it so far? What are you iffy about?
Ilia says: I like the everyday details (both written and drawn) of the Nordic village community life; it adds color and groundedness to the story. I hope there’s more of it and that it doesn’t crumble into a generic village. Having seen just the preview, it reads like a typical “odd” orphan with a destiny story trope. A bit disappointed by the lack of empowered female energy so far—Odd’s mom seems to be a victim of the patriarchy, for now. Hope there’s more to her and her story.
Nicole says: I enjoyed how the chapter set up the background of Odd and Nordic culture, which I feel sets a great tone for the rest of the story. And the art is so visually arresting.
Ish says: It reminds me of The Graveyard Book somehow. It has a similar vibe. There’s a lot of available material in Norse Mythology, and I’m sure Neil Gaiman will be able to make the most out of it, seeing as how he was able to incorporate figures from different religions, cultures, etc. in his Sandman series. It’s labeled as a “Nordic Epic” so I have high expectations for this book. But while it has this great potential, there’s always a possibility that it might fall short of expectations.
2. What are your expectations? What are you looking forward to the most?
Ilia says: I expect a fairly fun and accessible, if not-so-original, folk tale-ish story. I’m sure Odd will be a character we will grow to love—Gaiman rarely disappoints in that regard. I have great expectations for the art. It’s so evocative and it pulls you in the story’s universe.
Nicole says: I’m a big fan of how Gaiman makes use of lore, so I’m hoping his spin on Norse mythology won’t disappoint. I’m also looking forward to the character development of Odd. He seems like a strong, quiet force and it’ll be interesting to see how he’ll fight his wintry uphill battle.
Ish says: I’m looking forward to an immersive adventure with Odd through a world of Vikings and hopefully, Norse Mythology. The preview itself is already very descriptive of the environment; add the illustrations to that and you’ll feel like you’re there yourself. Neil Gaiman is a master of establishing an emotional connection between his readers and characters, so I’m also looking forward to the emotional roller coaster Odd (and I) will go through.
3. Describe the preview in three words.
Ilia says: Gorgeous, gorgeous art!
Nicole says: Monsters, misadventures, magic!
Ish says: Intriguing and promising!
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell, will be published on September 8, 2016. For inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ilia gave up instant coffee three years ago and never looked back. Words are her first love but she also works with numbers now. Nicole is a curious thing who will poke, prod, read, and listen to anything at least once. Maybe twice. Ish loves reading and sharing stories.
[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]