Summer, September, Circe, and Sea Monsters

September 29, 2019 at 3:41 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Title: Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

We spent a good chunk of our summer reading ancient history and mythology. The summer months of sunshine and blistering heat seem to be the best months for mentally spending time in the mediterranean, Egypt, and all the other places we think of when we imagine gods and goddesses.

I read Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan out loud to my nearly nine year old. Last time I’d done that she was maybe two or three. I picked up history books on Athens and Amazons faster than I could read them; I’m still finishing some of them up now. We recently started Sea of Monsters, the second in the Percy Jackson series, my daughter is smitten, I’m gloriously amused.

One historical novel that did stand out, though, was Circe by Madeline Miller. It started out sounding forcefully archaic, cold, like someone trying to hard to tap into a world of Homeric myth; but as I kept reading I found myself smitten by the sea-witch nymph–just as I believe Miller intended us to be. She starts out cold and heartless and grows warm with each mortal interaction.

It’s interesting to me how pervasive witches, goddesses, and nymphs are in modern day culture, despite having been born of myth thousands of years ago. We are enthralled with books like Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, captivated by the Percy Jackson series, completely taken in by anything resembling immortality.

Is it our hearts longing for Heaven as Richardson says in Eternity in Our Hearts? So we invent ways that might allow us to stay? Or create reasons why it is better that we don’t? I know I find these stories most intriguing as I watch everything around us die for the oncoming winter.

I look forward to reading The Song of Achilles.

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Blood Myth – A Book Review

January 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm (Guest Blogger, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

from Guest Blogger Angelina JoiAnn

Blood MythTitle: Blood Myth

Author: Stacy Moran

I did not know there was a glossary at the end of the book because I tend to just jump into books… I don’t even read the back cover.  So at first it took me awhile to understand what was going on.  (Words of Wisdom = Read the glossary first)

It was very interesting and unique.  I enjoyed the dom/sub relationship, the broken past that Zakan had and dealt with, and the passion.  While reading my kept going back to Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  The mystical parts with witches and shape shifters, “little rabbit” blood and gore took my mind to the Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton.  (If you like those books, you’ll like this one)

There is definitely a lot going on in this book.  Not just the dominate/ submissive relationship, but good vs. evil,  sex, violence, drama, myth, family history, and more.

It took some time for me to wrap my head around everything that was happening, but it did end with a decent shock.  And the best way I could describe Blood Myth is “interesting.”

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