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review 2019-03-06 22:57
Mythos
Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece - Stephen Fry

I love Stephen Fry, love Greek mythology, love the intent of this book, and love the execution. And yet, there was something missing for me -  something that would normally make me want to read on beyond bedtime, something that would make me think about the book when not reading it, and something that would make me think about the individual stories long after having read them. 

 

In short, in Mythos I missed everything I adored about Ovid's Metamorphoses and about other works that are based on Greek myths.

 

Despite all of this, I applaud Fry's re-telling of the stories and his insistence that these are stories that should be retold and that people should not be put off trying them for fear of needing a classical education to understand them. 

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text 2019-03-06 21:03
Reading progress update: I've read 271 out of 411 pages.
Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece - Stephen Fry

‘Who the hell are you?’

‘Who the hell indeed? The Hell is just who I am. Mwahahaha!’

Thanatos unloosed the sinister, ghoulish laugh that so often sent dying mortals screaming mad.

‘Stop groaning. What’s the matter with you? Have you got toothache? Indigestion? And don’t talk in riddles. What is your name?’

‘My name …’ Thanatos paused for effect.

‘My name …’

‘I haven’t got all night.’

‘My name is …’

‘Have you even got a name?’

‘Thanatos.’

‘Oh, so you’re Death, are you? Hm.’ Sisyphus seemed unimpressed. ‘I thought you’d be taller.’

‘Sisyphus, son of Aeolus,’ Thanatos intoned in quelling accents, ‘King of Corinth, Lord of …’

   ‘Yes, yes, I know who I am. You’re the one who seems to have trouble remembering his name. Sit down, why don’t you? Take the weight off your feet.’

‘My weight is not on my feet. I am hovering.’ 

Ugh. Sisyphus - what an ass.

However, I'm also disappointed by Thanatos. He's no patch on DEATH of the Discworld Universe.

It just seems wrong somehow.

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text 2018-10-23 05:45
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 410 pages.
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

The footnotes in this book are brilliant:

 

Aprodite lent Harmonia her girdle, a magical item of lingerie that had the power to provoke the most dizzying and rapturous desire.*

 

*i´m damned if I can find a convincing definition of "girdle". Some thinks it´s a belt, others a device more like a Playtex panelled support or corset - others yet have described it as a "mythical Wonderbra", Calasso calls it "a soft deceiving sash".

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review 2018-10-23 00:42
Halloween Frost

Halloween Frost (Mythos Academy #1.5)Halloween Frost by Jennifer Estep



I didn't know anything about the world of Mythos Academy because I have never read the first installment but it sounds like the protagonist Gwen Frost, is training to be a kickass warrior. I like it a lot. I picked it up because it is near Halloween.
Gwen's friend wants to dress up and go trick or treating but their fun was lost on a monster and that is just how it is at Mythos Academy. Fight and kill as many of those things as possible. However, the one she has a crush on saves her, yet again. O be still my heart. Her sword, Vic, can talk and has a mouth on him. It was a gift from some god. I need to work out the details guys so don't @ me. It looks like their bags of treats was lost on someone playing a mean trick on them.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/32516150-halloween-frost
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text 2018-10-21 16:25
Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 410 pages.
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold - Stephen Fry

Hermes eyed him quizzically. "You must be, let me see ... don´t tell me... Apollo, right?"

Not to be recognized was a new experience for Apollo and one that he found he didn´t quite like. Being spoken to in superior tones by a day-old baby was another on his list of least favorite experiences. He was about to crush this cocky little squirt with a cutting remark and possibly a swift right hook to the chin when he found himself facing a dimpled outstretched hand.

"Put it there, Pol. Delighted to meet you. Hermes, latest addition to the devine roster. You´ll be my half-brother. I think? Mother Maia here took me through the family tree last night. What a nutty bunch we are, eh? Eh?"

 

 

Hahahahaha...

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