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review 2019-06-08 20:43
Review: The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

I couldn't get into this.  I had to switch between paperback and audiobook to get through it.  

 

I love the subject matter and the fact that the story focused on Achilles and Patroclus growing up together and falling for one another.  It was interesting how they lived with the spectre of both their deaths as they grew older, both knowing that they wouldn't live into old age.  I loved everything about the story except for the fact that I was bored reading/listening to it.  I'm not sure why, but my attention didn't fully perk up until the last few chapters.

 

I'm going to chalk this up to the reader and not the author.  I will attempt a reread this some other time to see if I perhaps just read it at the wrong time or in the wrong frame of mind.  It's happened to me before and I've ended up loving a book or movie the second time around.

 

All-in-all I think it was well researched and put together, just couldn't get excited for it.

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text 2019-06-06 01:07
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 378 pages.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

Meh.  Interesting, but slow.  It's more like a slice-of-life, which I adore, but this is actually kind of boring.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-06-05 00:50
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

 

I enjoyed this book more than Circe, which I gave it the DNF mark. However, I had some difficulty engaging with the story during the first part of the book, but I got hook at the part where Achilles is introduced in the story. Then during the middle section, the pacing became too slow and tedious for me. I was close to DNFing the whole thing. Fortunately, the story's pacing improved when the Trojan War began. The Trojan War parts were my favorite because it combined the right amount of action, drama, and romance for me. Even though TSOA has much better pacing than Circe, it still has some problems of explaining stuff instead of showing thing happens. But, it didn't detract my enjoyment. I find the ending to be satisfying and avoids being too cheesy. 

 

Despite her small role, I enjoyed reading about Briseis and I felt sad when she died. Patroclus and Achilles's characters were hard to get into at first, but they eventually grew on me. It was the same for Thetis as well. It was heart-warming to read about her helping Patroclus reunite with Achilles after death.

 

As a stand alone romance book, I liked it. I don't think the story was mind-blowing, but it was a nice read to pass time during recess.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2019-05-28 21:54
Reading progress update: I've read 155 out of 276 pages.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

Woo-hoo, the story is finally moving forward. The brief Patroclus and Achilles moments that happened so far was cute. But when the angsty stuff came along, I worried the story would halt, and there would be several pages of Patroclus angsting. I get why he is upset, but reading how he sad he is over and over again is getting old at times. Fortunately, it quickly ends when they commence fighting with Troy.

 

The Trojan War has begun at last, and some people had already died. I remember my older sister told me about how she kept track of the deaths while reading the Illiad in high school (or middle school? It was a long time ago). She said that there was a lot.  

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text 2019-05-28 01:07
Reading progress update: I've read 131 out of 276 pages.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

It has been a while since I resumed this story. I hate to admit that I hesitated to start up again because the pacing so far has been slow. I'm at the part where the Greeks are preparing to fight in the Trojan War. I'll give it one more chapter to go. If the next chapter doesn't hook me, I will be DNFing this book.   

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