What was it though? The writing seemed fine to me. I've always enjoyed Neil Gaiman's style. Then, I realized, I really didn't like the characters and what they did in the stories. I didn't like the decisions they made. I really didn't get it. That was an even bigger disappointment. It wasn't how the stories were being told, it was the stories themselves. Ugh.
I had always wanted to dive into Norse mythology. I thought it would be similar to Greek mythology where there would be this greater wisdom you could glean. And, I thought maybe it would bring me closer to my Scandinavian ancestors if I could learn from their ancient wisdom. But, I found that to be missing. There were just so many decisions the gods made that I didn't get.
If you check out sources on this phenomena like Reuters, they'll tell you it's false as hell. I don't trust "fact checkers" anymore in this era where everyone seems to be bought, I'd rather do research myself and come to my own conclusions using critical thinking. Something that used to be encouraged and a sign a being a reasonable human being but is now an act of rebellion in today's society. And can easily make you a figurative witch to be burned at the stake.
Anyway, I find all the fact-checking sites ruling this false as odd because The Invisible Rainbow is as thick as a dictionary and over 1/4 of it is the bibliography. Could it still be BS? Sure. But, let's dig into one little thing.
What I found particularly interesting was the section on virologist Robert Edgar Hope-Simpson whose career spanned 71 years and was one of the world's authorities on the epidemiology of influenza who, toward the end of his career in 1992, still had so many questions about the flu like:
Robert had another theory about the vanishing trick, one that's taken more seriously, and that is vitamin D. Even if this is correct, it only answers one aspect of the many mysterious questions listed above (and more that aren't listed). As you read through the book and explore these other mysteries of flus, you begin to see that there very well appears to be other factors at play...
If you want to go down the rabbit hole even further...
I thought of this book a lot while listening to this podcast.
The interview begins at the 10 minute mark if you aren't feeling the intro.
Hi, I'm Dana.
I love art, design, vintage goods, healthy living, and weirdo fringe stuff.
I design wallpaper and textiles under the name Dolphin & Condor.
I have my own line of pillows based on the periodic table called Element Pillows.
I have an ugly Christmas sweater shop called My Ugly Sweater.
I edit and sell vintage photos under the handle Photo Trade Co.
And, so much more! Can you tell I enjoy working?