Interesting read. This was a heavy book to get through, deep with philosophical thinking. Gardner gave a very in-depth look into Grendel's mind in this retelling of Beowulf. Overall, it was good. I would have liked to see more action in the text. For the most part, Grendel mulls over life, but nothing really seems to happen on the whole. Some of the themes were quite clever such as the power of myth and legend as well as the dichotomy of good and evil, presented ironically and humorously through Grendel's perspective. The text is interesting to read as it combines stream of consciousness with aspects of poetry and plays. Profoundly intriguing book.