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The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
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I read this book for the Machalo Challenge - A book with a villain as a MC.
Though Loki is more of an anti-hero than a villain, they certainly managed to paint him as one...

The story is told in memoir-style all the way from Loki's birth to - spoiler? - his imprisonment and is kind of a series of incidents that spirals into a massive misunderstanding (read: war).

And it's essentially a study of propaganda and possibly character assassination.

This is how Odin sees Loki:



How the world sees Loki (after Odin is done scapegoating him):



How Loki sees Loki:



How Loki actually is:



...some sort of fiery creature that it is totally out of place on earth.

While I had some issues with the abrupt, cliff-hangery ending and the disjointed nature of the narration, Loki is a compelling enough personality to make this interesting. Though perhaps the woe-is-me-i'm-a-misunderstood-soul bit was overdone occasionally. Best read in parts.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
February 19, 2016 – Finished Reading
October 23, 2016 – Shelved
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-machalo-challenge
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: gods-and-goddesses
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: half-and-half
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: historical
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: i-didn-t-see-that-coming
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: impending-doom
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: manipulative-bastard
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: machalo-2016-challenge
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: rushed-ending
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: surprisingly-okay
October 23, 2016 – Shelved as: we-re-all-mad-here

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