A very important book in my intellectual development, as odd as that sounds. It was this collection that honed my interest in mythology, first piqued by The Hobbit
and various other children's literature, and led me to the conclusion that I loved the Norse ones best. So from this book I delved further into Norse mythology, from there to the Icelandic Sagas, from there to Laxness and Sigur Ros and trips to Iceland and a slightly consuming passion for all things Icelandic. I have a lot for which to thank (or blame on) this book.
Anyway, about the book itself. It is engrossing if you're a junior mythology geek like I was. It goes far, far beyond the well-known Graeco-Roman stuff (although that's there too), stretching all over the globe. The myths are well written, beautifully illustrated and have background information on the different cultures down the margins. Great.