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review 2019-05-27 04:32
The Trojan Horse Pandemic by Veronica Preda
The Trojan Horse Pandemic: A Struggle for World Domination - Veronica Preda,Robin Wildt Hansen

TITLE:  The Trojan Horse Pandemic: A Struggle for World Domination


AUTHOR:  Veronica Preda



"An archaeological expedition finds an object which many scholars claimed to be a myth: the Trojan Horse. Far from what people had imagined, the Horse turns out to be a quartz statue. As it starts a tour of the greatest museums in the world, however, a mysterious ailment follows in the wake of the Trojan Horse. Caught in the vortex of events, with no proof and few resources, doctor Timea Dulay fights to prove her theory and find a cure. Why are so many people falling ill after seeing the Horse? Why is the exhibition not stopped? What is the connection with Ulysses - the foul-mouthed artificial intelligence system that powered the submarine that found the Horse? Who is really behind all this? Will Timea manage to hold onto her marriage as she battles for the truth - a battle that soon proves to be for the survival of the human race as we know it? "




I couldn't resist reading a book that involves finding the Trojan Horse.  This is an entertaining, fast paced novella with an unexpected twist at the end.  I look forward to more stories by this author.



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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-03-10 07:24
Celebrating 2400 Years of Fanfic -- The Trojan Epic: Posthomerica

It has always irritated me that the narrative of the final days of Troy wasn't actually in the Iliad or the Odyssey. I was a mass-market-mythology lover who didn't want to take that extra step of taking classics courses or learning Greek or Latin. Due to the loss of several Trojan Cycle manuscripts (the Little Iliad, Aithiopis, etc.), audiences never got to see Helen and Menelaos reconcile. The death of Achilles? The death of Paris? The wooden horse? Nope. And champions like Memnon, Penthesilea, and Neoptolemos were relegated to a couple of paragraphs here and there in English-language collections of the myths. (Hat tip to Robert Graves' "The Greek Myths," Gustav Schwab's "Gods and Heroes," and David Kravitz's "Who's Who In Greek and Roman Mythology," which were all excellent starting points and found in superstores during my early adulthood.)

Wait no more. Quintus of Smyrna, who lived several centuries later than Homer and his contemporaries, put together an epic poem based on who-knows-what manuscripts that have not survived. Alan James and the Johns Hopkins University Press have published a sweet volume with the text of the epic, and a lengthy commentary section that proves quite useful. Quintus has a habit of using epithets of characters rather than their given names, so if you aren't sure which goddess "Tritogenia" is, it's possible to refer to the commentary as if it were endnotes and figure out the majority of references. (Tritogenia, "thrice-born," is Athena.)

So what do we get as the content of the epic? A battle-axe-wielding Amazon. An Ethiopian demigod born of the rosy Dawn. The madness of Great Ajax. Heracles' son killing scores of Greeks (including their doctor!) before facing Achilles' son who has come to avenge his father. Philoctetes, Heracles' ally, wounding Paris with an arrow dipped in the blood of the Hydra, and Paris's attempt to reconcile with his former lover Oenone before the poison works. The horse gambit (complete with a bizarre appearance by two sea serpents that roam right into town to eat Laocoon's kids… really, they couldn't have done that on the beach?). Lastly, it's got the sack of Troy and Aeneas's escape before one final word from Athena to Lesser Ajax, communicated via thunderbolt.

So for content, this volume delivers. The only story I can think of from this period of the war that the Posthomerica doesn't have in detail is the theft of the Palladium. Obviously, that's no fault of the translator. As for whether the poetics carry the same heft as Homer… probably not. There's only fourteen books, not twenty-four, and one can feel the difference. Deaths are more sudden; stories of heroic angst less rich in detail. Deiphobos claiming Helen just before the fall of the city is barely a footnote. But in keeping with the spirit of the subject matter, I suggest the mythology buffs fall upon this book as wolves fall upon the sheep-fold, their jaws drawing blood while the shepherd, tired from day-long toil, sleeps in his bed, unaware of the violent work that…

...uh, sorry. Got carried away. But if you don't mind a lot of extended similes like that, the Posthomerica is the volume for you.

Source: www.amazon.com/Trojan-Epic-Posthomerica-Translations-Antiquity-ebook/dp/B004ZYASMC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=alan+james+posthomerica&qid=1552201952&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr
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text 2019-01-01 07:28
24 Festive Tasks: Books Read
Reflex - Dick Francis,Simon Prebble
Persons of Interest - Gildart Jackson,Peter Grainger
A Grave Matter - Anna Lee Huber
Lane: A Case For Willows And Lane, Book 1 - Peter Grainger,Henrietta Meire
A Christmas Carol - Simon Prebble,Charles Dickens
The Man with the Sack - Margery Allingham,David Thorpe,Soundings
Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery - Elizabeth Peters,Barbara Rosenblat
Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation: Cherringham 4-6 - Neil Richards,Matthew Costello,Neil Dudgeon
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch


One of my New Year's resolutions is to get my shelves updated. I'm going to make an effort to do a better job than I have been doing the past 6-8 months.


So... I did listen to about 4-5 audiobooks in both November and December, and all but one of those titles will fit the book tasks for this year's 24 Tasks of the Festive Season. I'll try to put up brief reviews this coming week - I was out of commission with the flu and then back issues for over two weeks in December - but for now I'm just going to match up my books/reads with the various holidays.



Melbourne Cup Day: Book About Horses - Reflex by Dick Francis


Advent: Fourth Book in a Series - Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger


St Andrew's Day: Book Set In Scotland - A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber


Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Book with a Strong Woman Character

     Lane by Peter Grainger


Christmas: Book About Christmas - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Yule and Solstice: Book Set In December - The Man With the Sack by Margery



Dia De Los Muertos: Reread an Old Favorite by a Deceased Author - Trojan Gold by

     Elizabeth Peters


 Russian Mother's Day: Book Where a Key Character is a Mother - Charringham 4-6

    by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello


Guy Fawkes Night: Book Set in the UK: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch








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review 2016-11-24 00:00
Beneath a Trojan Moon: A Novella (Phoenix Adventures Book 4)
Beneath a Trojan Moon: A Novella (Phoenix Adventures Book 4) - Anna Hackett A quick and enjoyable little story. Lots of sex for such a short book, though.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-06 19:46
Das Hexenmädchen
Das Hexenmädchen: Ein Fall für Nils Trojan 4 - Psychothriller - Max Bentow

€ 9,99 [D] 


€ 10,30 [A] |  CHF 13,90* 

(* empf. VK-Preis)


Taschenbuch, KlappenbroschurISBN: 978-3-442-48428-7




Erschienen: 18.04.2016 



Der Berliner Kommissar Nils Trojan und sein Team geraten in einen wahren Albtraum, als sie fieberhaft im Fall eines Serientäters ermitteln. Drei Opfer wurden kurz nacheinander tot in ihren Wohnungen aufgefunden, auf ebenso groteske wie grausame Weise ermordet – und mit jeder Stunde, die vergeht, muss Trojan fürchten, an einen weiteren Schauplatz gerufen zu werden. Dann sind plötzlich zwei kleine Mädchen unauffindbar, und Trojan wird das Gefühl nicht los, dass ein Zusammenhang zwischen den Fällen besteht. Denn beide Kinder sprachen kurz vor ihrem Verschwinden von einer „Hexe“, die sie in Angst und Schrecken versetzte. Und Trojan musste beim Anblick der Toten unwillkürlich an ein bekanntes Kindermärchen denken ...


Meine Meinung: 

Ich habe ja bisher alle vorherigen Bände der Reihe gelesen und jetzt war endlich Das Hexenmädchen dran. Hier war ich sehr gespannt drauf, da es ja etwas einem bekannten Kindermärchen ähnelt. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder einmal sehr leicht gefallen, der Schreibstil von Max Bentow war wie immer sehr flüssig. 


Sehr interessant finde ich an dieser Reihe halt auch das Privatleben des Ermittlers Nils Trojan, auch, dass er selbst gesundheitliche Probleme hat. Das macht ihn sehr sympathisch. 


Die Morde wurden wirklich grausam verübt und man fragt sich, was steckt dahinter? Die Lösung fand ich sehr interessant, aber zum Schluss fand ich es auch etwas verwirrend aufgrund der vielen Personen, die eine Rolle dabei gespielt haben. 


Ich muss aber sagen, dass das Buch für mich auch zwischendurch Längen hatte. Die Spannung konnte aus meiner Sicht nicht komplett gehalten werden. Freue mich aber auf den 5. Teil, da dort Der Federmann aus Teil 1 noch wieder auftauchen soll, der erste Teil hat mir bisher am besten gefallen. 


Alles in allem ein interessanter Thriller mit einem speziellen Ermittler, ich kann hier eine Kauf- und Leseempfehlung aussprechen, freue mich auf den nächsten Teil und bewerte dieses Buch mit 4 Sternen. 


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