Eight Days of Luke (Diana Wynne Jones) 2*

A lightweight book wherein the main character meets a Somebody from the Norse pantheon every day for eight days.  Our main Somebody is Luke, aka Loki.

The writing is fine, but all I can muster is a vague “meh.”  Why take the not-safe-for-children bits out of Norse mythology?  We might as well eat nonfat ice cream.

This book is like that prose translation of the Iliad — why take the epic and the poetry out of epic poetry?  Or film adaptations of Jane Austen — why take the Jane Austen out of Jane Austen (other than Clueless, which is waaaay true-to-source)?  Or the silent Shakespeare phenomenon — why take the words out of Shakespeare?  Nonfat ice cream, all.

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