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Odd and the Frost Giants [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman
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4 Oct 2010
Odd's luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they're actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods...Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods? With Neil Gaiman's wit and style, this story transcends the everyday and becomes a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Thus edition (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747598118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747598114
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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Praise for 'Coraline': 'One of the joys of reading Gaiman is how he subverts our expectations of magic, horror, fantasy and the mundane' The Times 'Gaiman's ear is acute ... There is much more. There is the tender and beautifully judged ending ... ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing' Guardian Praise for 'The Graveyard Book': 'An extraordinary novel by a very gifted storyteller. Adults find it terrifying; children lap it up. It's utterly original, and written with elegance and power' Observer, Books of the Year 'The best book Neil Gaiman has ever written' Diana Wynne Jones

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also writes screenplays for other people's films as well as books for adults and picture books for younger readers. Neil is British and lives in the USA. He travels extensively promoting his books

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Gaiman's most enjoyable 26 Mar 2008
By Erinn
Neil Gaiman really, really likes writing about gods, and that's okay. If American Gods is the solid, upstanding one that works hard and takes its job seriously and Anansi Boys is its younger brother that pops by in the middle of the night with some beer and a couple of friends, Odd and the Frost Giants is the youngest brother of all, the third child who goes around climbing into magical wardrobes when the others aren't looking (it wouldn't shut the doors properly, mind, because Odd is the type to know that it's very foolish to shut oneself inside a wardrobe).

In a Viking settlement in Norway, long ago, winter seems to be stretching on forever. Odd, a boy with a crushed foot who doesn't fit in with his stepfamily, runs away from home when he can no longer stand to be in close quarters with them. He ends up following after an unusually insistent fox, starting on an adventure that will throw him in with the gods in a fight to defeat the frost giants (well, giant, anyway) and save his village from endless winter.

Odd and the Frost Giants is a novella written for World Book Day as part of a promotion to get kids reading (schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland are each given a token that can be redeemed for one of the novellas specially written for the occasion). If this book doesn't work, I don't know what will; it's everything a children's book should be - high adventure, mythology, magic, talking animals, a good sense of humor, and a sensible, sympathetic protagonist. I really enjoy Gaiman's work, but sometimes it feels like his way with words is a sort of glamour, and with some of his books I wonder whether I'd like the plot quite as much if I weren't constantly distracted by his lovely language - which is a bit of an odd complaint, certainly, but it does bother me once in a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd and frosty 24 Mar 2010
Odd has a rough life -- first his father died, then his mother married the drunken Fat Elfric, and finally he had an accident that crippled his leg.

But the indomitable pleasantness of Neil Gaiman's sunny little Norseman is part of what makes "Odd and the Frost Giants" such a memorable story. Originally writing for the UK's World Book Day, Gaiman smoothly wove together Norse legend with exquisite prose and a quirky sense of humor. It's a glittering, icy story with a warm heart.

The Viking village that Odd lives in is wrapped in a freakishly long winter, which is threatening them with starvation. Since people are treating him even worse than usual, he goes off to live by himself in his father's old woodland cottage -- and after he rescues a bear with a trapped paw, he finds himself with three new animal roommates (the bear, a fox, and an eagle). They also talk.

It turns out that the three animals are not actually animals, but the mighty gods Thor, Odin and Loki. Loki was tricked into giving Thor's magical hammer to one of the Frost Giants, and all three were transformed into animals and banished from Asgard. Now the crippled "odd" boy must help the gods return to Asgard -- and somehow, he must also stop the Frost Giant that has conquered it.

The World Book Day is apparently to encourage children to read, but "Odd and the Frost Giants" is the kind of book that you don't need much encouragement to read. It's a truly enchanting, warm-hearted little fantasy story -- you've got magical animals that bicker relentlessly, a northern land locked in perpetual winter, and a trip to the world of the gods.

Though the story is his own, Gaiman wraps it around some real Norse legends (including the story of Asgard's wall and Mimir's Well).
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Midgard to Asgard, and back 26 Mar 2008
A review by Hank Wagner, co-author (with Christopher Golden and Stephen R. Bissette) of the upcoming Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman, due out from St. Martins in October 2008:

Gaiman wrote Odd and the Frost Giants as his personal contribution to World Book Day in the United Kingdom, which exists purely to inspire children to read. It's an annual event where a group of authors write books for nothing and publishers publish them for nothing. These books are then sold for 1 each to children who have been given 1 Book Tokens. On its website, the World Book Day organization ([...]) describes it as "the biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading."

Regrettably, at least for US residents (I count myself among that group), there are no current plans to publish this charming, 14,500 word novelette in America. Happily, the book is available through Amazon.uk and it's only 1 pound, a bargain even with current exchange rates. Be warned, however, the shipping charge will make the final cost seem relatively steep.

The good news is that it's worth the cost: the story, enhanced by several illustrations from frequent Gaiman collaborator Mark Buckingham, is delightful.

As you may have guessed from the title, the novelette deals with characters from Norse myth, a subject Gaiman became entranced with at a very young age. It tells the story of the crippled Viking boy Odd, who, running away from home, is befriended by a group of forest animals--a fox, a bear, and an eagle--who are far more than they seem. In truth, they are the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin, respectively. Hoodwinked by a crafty and vengeful Frost Giant, they have been transformed into animals and exiled from Asgard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Story
From the minute this arrived, I was asked to start reading it. It is a lovely story, full of wonder and mystery. Read more
Published 29 days ago by The Willow Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd and the Frost Giants great book
Amazing book loved it like I love all the Neil Gaiman books awesome author and the illustrations are amazing totally recommend it
Published 2 months ago by Cecilia Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ice Intro to Gaiman
To anyone unfamiliar with Neil Gaimans work, his stories are often enchanting, invariably enthralling and quite often off the wall. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good book, been reading this with my daughter and she loves it. a really good children's book would recommend to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Introduction to Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, both for his adult fiction and his books for children. His books for children however, delight me way more than any of the grown up... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
A great story with some enjoyable characters... It has captured the imagination of our 8 y.o. who has found it difficult to stop reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mikeymc
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming, funny book
I love this book. Written for children it also holds charm for adults. The interprataions of the Norse Gods, rendered into animals, are delightful and funny. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Theresa Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd
Odd and the Frost Giants began life as one of those slim World Book Day volumes (available for 1 or free with a voucher given out at school) designed to encourage children to read... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd and the Frost Giants, a book i keep in my treasure chest!
Magical! Its'a brilliant book for all ages. When a book doesn't let me put it down, i know i've made a great discovery!
Published 12 months ago by Lazaros
4.0 out of 5 stars great
It's tricky taking on Norse Mythology because it is material that has been so heavily mined before and so avoiding clichés is not easy. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sean
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