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Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2014 4:03 p.m. PST

Any novels out there that do a retelling or
new theme on the Norse Ragnarok?

jpattern224 Sep 2014 5:14 p.m. PST

Not exactly Ragnarok, but American Gods by Neil Gaiman is excellent and features a modern-day battle between the Old Gods, including Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Low-Key Lyesmith (Loki the Liar), and the New Gods of the Internet and TV: link

Well worth a read.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2014 10:08 a.m. PST

Here are two more things that don't fit the bill…

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams has the Norse gods walking around in the modern day. It is, of course, very silly, but I think the Dirk Gently books never got the recognition they deserve.

Kenneth Hite also put together a roleplaying setting called The Day After Ragnarok which is not at all a novel, but has an interesting take on Ragnarok that is faithful to the myths but also modern and surprising.

I'll be interested to see if there's any decent books that fit your requirements more closely.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member25 Sep 2014 11:15 a.m. PST

iirc Cthon by Piers Anthony was a retelling in a scifi vein.

jpattern225 Sep 2014 1:19 p.m. PST

I never read Cthon. I burned out on Anthony before I got to it.

lugal hdan25 Sep 2014 2:51 p.m. PST

"Norse Code" by Greg van Eekhout is a simple but entertaining modern-day Ragnarok. It's chock full of fun Norse mythology. I rather enjoyed it, but it's not high literature.

Gear Pilot25 Sep 2014 3:37 p.m. PST

Age of Odin by James Lovegrove was a fun read.

DesertScrb25 Sep 2014 7:36 p.m. PST

Check out Northworld by David Drake.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2014 4:12 p.m. PST


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