The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Publishing a review that has been lounging in my drafts unnoticed: “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the endContinue reading “The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood”

On Translation and reading The Iliad by Homer

I spent this entire morning snuggled up in bed reading the final fifty pages of The Iliad, aloud, to myself, because out loud is the only way the book should be read, trust me on this. The blog has been in a slump through December and I can’t think of a better way to reviveContinue reading “On Translation and reading The Iliad by Homer”

Words from the Myths by Isaac Asimov

I read a lot these days, putting all my spare time into it. What I need to catch up on is my reviews. This is an interesting book I read the other day that I’d highly recommend to mythology and language buffs. I mean, look at the cover, wouldn’t you like to know where allContinue reading “Words from the Myths by Isaac Asimov”

Shadow on the Sun by Richard Matheson

My next read for R.I.P. IX. Thanks, Delia, for the recommendation. I loved the book. He started as a fire brand seemed to burst forth from nowhere. He saw it moving in the darkness like a flaming insect.  Then the bonfire was ignited and its stacked wood flamed up with a crackling roar. Now heContinue reading “Shadow on the Sun by Richard Matheson”

Ransom by David Malouf

Reminiscent of: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis Summary: The Iliad begins with Achilles, the Greeks’ greatest strength, refusing to fight for them, for Agamemnon, who insulted him. But he is the only one who can defeat the Trojan prince Hector. One of the greatest stories of The Iliad is Achilles’ final vengefulContinue reading “Ransom by David Malouf”

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (which, incidentally, J. K. Rowling loved) is a re-imagining of the Trojan war from the point of view of Patroclus, whose minor appearance in the Iliad has the greatest consequences. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about stop reading when I say, “Spoiler!”) Overall impression: I’d rate thisContinue reading “The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller”

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be the most engrossing, thrilling, fast paced book I have read this year. It is action packed and so, so interesting. The book is the second part in a series titled The Order of the Sanguines, but offers enough background info, detailing on the eventsContinue reading “Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell”

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis

I first started reading this book almost a year ago. I’m glad I didn’t continue reading it back then, I’m sure I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much then as I did now. Till We Have Faces is a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and if you haven’t the slightest clue whatContinue reading “Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis”

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt

I must say, this was a great start to Once Upon a Time VII. Join the challenge here. When I saw this at the book store, I immediately bought myself a copy, even though I knew nothing about Ragnarok (the Norse Armageddon) and very little about Norse mythology in general. Why? Well, firstly, it’s part ofContinue reading “Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt”