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review 2018-05-21 09:07
Son of zeus - Glyn Iliffe

Heracles(Hercules)is the son of Almecedes and Zeus (who slept with her while pretending to be her husband Amphitryon). As a birthday present Zeus gives his son immeasurable physical strenght(he lets Hera nurse him without her knowledge so he acquired this supernatural power of the goddess herself). Well,Zeus's good lady wife,the goddess Hera,is not  best pleased with this dalliance and even less with the outcome. So Hera, who's middle name is revenge,works out a plan to get rid of this abomination. Meanwhile,Heracles has sowed some of his wild oats and is settled with his loving wife Megara and and their 3 children in Thebes when disaster strikes,in a fit of madness, he kills his 3 sons. After wandering for a while he asks the oracle of Delphi for advice. She tells him in no uncertain terms that if he wants to find out the truth about that night of madness and wants to find some redemption, he has to perform certain labours. For this reason he becomes a slave to his cousin who is king of Tiryns(also thanks to the lovely Hera ). Of course Hera does not want Heracles to find out the truth nor find any atonement so she has her hand in the choice of these famous labours.
This is historical fiction based on Greek mythology but it reads as a fantasy story(the lion of Nemea,a white hind with golden antlers and a seven headed snake)albeit with a sad and bitter undertone. One can not help but feel sorry for this giant who's life is manipulated by the whims of the gods. This is the first part of the trilogy (3 labours done,9 more to go)but it is not the classic retelling of the myth,Heracles and the other characters are so much more than individual parts of this myth. Yes,I think I will probably follow Heracles his further adventures...

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review 2016-05-12 13:09
Graphic novel wrap up
Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians Book 1) - George O'Connor,George O'Connor
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians Book 2) - George O'Connor,George O'Connor
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson, Noelle Stevenson

The last couple of days I have been in a minor reading slump. Neither the novel nor the non-fiction book I´m currently reading are that engrossing, so I picked up a few graphic novels.

 

I read the Zeus and Athena issues of the Olympians series by George O´Connor, a series that retells the famous stories of the twelve greek gods. Zeus´ story starts with the creation of the earth and the sky, how the Titans came into being and how Zeus has been able to overthrow them. In the second issue the Moirae, the spinners of fate, shed a light on Athenas existence, how she got to name herself Pallas Athena and how she came into the possesion of the Aegis.

I really enjoyed reading these two graphic novels and I have to admit that I have learned some new things about greek mythology that I didn´t know beforehand. I preferred Athenas story, since the stories are much more diverse (for example is Perseus fight against Medusa included in this novel) and she is depicted as a much more interesting character than Zeus (who is a womanizing douche, btw). The fact that Athena is fierce, smart, reasonable and absolutely awesome makes her story a more satisfying read.

My Rating: 4 stars for Zeus, 4,5 stars for Athena.

 

And then I have read Nimona by Noelle Stephenson and it is just so adorable, cute, quirky and sweet. It´s about Nimona, a shapeshifter girl who becomes the sidekick of the evil mastermind Ballistar Blackheart. As these two team up they have to fight the Instituition and it´s top agent Goldenloin,"former-friend-of-Blackheart-turned-into-his-archenemy". 

There are so many funny, sad, dramatic and actionpacked things happening in this novel, I couldn´t put the book down. Absolutely adored it.

My Rating: 5 stars

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text 2015-09-30 15:37
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
The Cage of Zeus - Sayuri Ueda

See this is why the book fails even when it talks about transgenderism. Women are always the ones "impregnated" (yes that's the way they describe women) and men as the impregnators. The author can't get the idea of there being more than two sexes and genders out of their head. Even that they can't get their head around that, not every woman has a vagina and not every man has a penis and not every person with sex bits is a woman or a man.

Like it always describes the rounds as either being more feminine or more masculine. It can't get over the fucking binary it seeks to comment about.

 

"When that act isn’t entirely consensual"

Uhh it's either 100% or 0%, there is no "dub con" shit in rape. Saying however that rape occurs between Rounds also indicates the authors does understand that rape is about power. If the Rounds are living the utopia they are in... I doubt it'd occur. UNLESS they were referring to the shitty ass humans. That being said... I don't think the author understands rape at all considering that they are talking about voluntary and involuntary ovulation.

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text 2015-09-10 05:02
I completed my 2015 reading challenge Part 1
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) - Rick Riordan
Never Never - Colleen Hoover,Tarryn Fisher
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
Exquisite Corpse - Pénélope Bagieu
Burn for Burn - Jenny Han,Siobhan Vivian
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
[ [ [ Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians (Paperback)) [ ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS (OLYMPIANS (PAPERBACK)) ] By O'Connor, George ( Author )Jan-05-2010 Paperback - George O'Connor
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess - George O'Connor
[ Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory (Olympians (Hardcover)) [ HERA: THE GODDESS AND HER GLORY (OLYMPIANS (HARDCOVER)) ] By O'Connor, George ( Author )Jul-19-2011 Hardcover - George O'Connor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-04-12 01:34
The Age of Zeus
The Age of Zeus - James Lovegrove

Synopsis: Greek gods (Zeus, Apollo, Hades, etc.) return to the world and take it over, claiming to be restorers of peace and order. Nations are cutting defense spending, while increasing education and science funding. Crime is at an all time low and nations no longer war with each other. But the gods are tyrannical, genocidal despots, slaughtering all opposition, peaceful or not, to their rule. A small group, aided by highpowered battlesuits and advanced weaponry, challenges these gods and their mythological monsters.

 

Age of Zeus is a pretty straight forward story. There aren't to many twists and turns and the one's that are there aren't terribly surprising. And the moralizing that occurs in a couple parts of it is just plain irritating.

 

Our protagonist is Sam Akehurst, who as a character is well developed, but she's probably the only character that gets that treatment. The rest of the cast is mostly just glossed over. Little details are given to several of them, but most of them just felt underdeveloped.

 

The other thing I'd complain about are the little details. Lovegrove probably could have spent a little more time consulting with a military specialist about some this stuff. Sam leads the group, but she never really feels like a leader for example. The character Landesman is the bankroll, the money, for the groups operations and throughout the book he gives most of the orders. There are other details that are irksome too. Like don't sleep with your teammates.

 

I would have also liked to see a little more focus on the tech. Thee battlesuits were cool, but they too felt a little glossed over.

 

To sum it up this could have been a really epic book with a great premise, but it left me feeling a little underdone.

 

General and epic rating both: ***

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