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text 2019-03-19 04:21
Sometimes I just have to say no.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

I try to stay with a story, and sometimes I'll set it aside and pick it up later and finish it.  I still might do that but my enjoyment factor just isn't with it on this book.  I was expecting more about mythology but this book is just drama, and I don't usually read drama unless it's crime, mysteries, thrillers, fantasies, and science fiction.  The Song of Achilles to me didn't fall into these categories.  We all know what happens to Achilles and this is about relationships with his friend and his mother.  Maybe another time, but I've got so much that I want to read.

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review 2019-03-13 21:50
Review ~ Awesome
American Gods Volume 1: Shadows (Graphic Novel) - Neil Gaiman,Scott Hampton,Walt Simonson,P. Craig Russell,P. Craig Russell



Book source ~ Library


I read the book years ago and then I recently found out there’s a graphic novel. Of course I had to read it, but my library didn’t have it. So I suggested the purchase and they obliged. My library is awesome!


First in a trilogy (or so I’ve heard), this volume covers Shadow’s release from prison and his introduction to Mr. Wednesday, all the way to where he’s leaving the funeral home of Ibis and Jacquel. For those who don’t think they can do the longer novel version I recommend the graphic novel because it hits all the high points of the story. Because of the medium it can’t quite get all the nuances (obviously), but it’s a really good adaptation. Since I read the book years ago, I didn’t really remember most of it until I started reading this one. Then it began to come back to me. The artwork isn’t really all that for me, but it’s nice all the same. It reminded me of some of Gaiman’s Sandman comics so I did some research and a few volumes use the same illustrators. Look at me! I recognized some artwork! Impressed myself, I did. Lol I may need to check out the tv show now. Maybe. We’ll see.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/03/american-gods-vol-1-shadows.html
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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 2019-03-07 01:06
The Song of Achilles: Reading progress update: I've read 53%.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

I'm not much into romance or love stories, but that is what this book is turning out to be.  There are a couple of writers I like that get a little into that, like Ilona Andrews and Ann Charles, but this keeps going between love scenes, adoration, then jealousy, then back again.  No action, except in bed (or cave).  Luckily now Achilles heads to war now, with Patroclus at his side, well kinda anyway.  If this book starts getting back to all the romance, I'll have to DNR it.


Can anybody tell me if Circe has this much romance in it? 

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text 2019-03-06 18:03
The Song of Achilles: Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

I've never read anything by Madeline Miller, probably because of even tho I really love mythology I never read any mythology since high school, a lifetime ago in Alabama.  This is stupid on my part, but I'm always afraid I'll find something dry and too much like a textbook.  I have a small handful of these on my TBR list I keep in my head, but always end up reading fantasy, sci-fi's, thrillers, and I usually only read series.


I get a few newsletters that featured Miller's Circe and decided I really wanted to read it, but for the fact that I'm a stickler for reading things in order, almost an OCD quality I have, I've decided to read The Song of Achilles first.


At first, I really didn't know what to think about what seems one boy's infatuation with an older boy a boy the same age, but the story is great.  I'm doing the audiobook and Frazer Douglas' style for this book is told from the viewpoint of Patroclus and while Douglas is not monotonous, he has not been excitable in the short time I've been reading.  But it works really good for this story.


So far I'm really glad to have chosen or be chosen by this book. 

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