Oh well, back to old habits then. I picked this book up for only ONE RINGGIT (yes you read that right, ONE RINGGIT!) in Kinokuniya, since it was published in conjunction with the UK World Book Day recently. there're are a few others as well going for ONE RINGGIT but since this was Gaiman, naturally I could. not. resist.
So here, is a Almost-Monthly-Book-Review on....
Title: Odd and The Frost Giants
Author: Neil Gaiman
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 forever. 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 Nordic 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?
What I Liked:
- It only cost ONE RINGGIT!!!!!
- Short and Sweet!
- Light enough to read with one hand while stuck in a traffic jam!
- Very light-hearted and whimsical writing.
- I kinda like Odd. He's like a new Will Stanton.
What I Didn't Like:
- Too short!
- Er... too short to have many flaws too.
Like I said, it was World Book Day (the UK one, anyway) a while back and Neil Gaiman was one of the authors commissioned to write this book. Last year my pick of the lot was Garth Nix, this year Gaiman.
This is a short and sweet little book. It's almost like a short story in fact. Gaiman's fascination with the Nordic gods continues here, but then, they are merely supporting characters for the more interesting Odd.
I like Odd. Despite all that's happening, he's a calm and collected little kid, just like Will Stanton in The Dark Is Rising (The books lar, not that obnoxious little American fart in the movie). Even the Frost Giant isn't so bad either. The way Gaiman has written the book, no one seems to be purely evil, just kinda, sorta, maybe bad; it's written in such a nice little whimsical way that you don't really want it to have any outright distressingly bad, evil moments. (oh, there ARE a little sorta dark bits in it, but nothing to distract you from the rest of the story).
Anyway, this book is a charming little read, even if it's a little too short, and I wished it were longer at times (especially when I finished it I was going ARGH NOT LONG ENOUGH!!!)
I hope Gaiman revisits the character of Odd sometime in the future, and make him the star of a PROPER novel (READ: in a not so short book!).
BTW, if you wanna get the book, go to Kinokuniya and look in the Children's Books section. The other RM1 books are also there for the taking. Go get them!