Tag: myth

Mythical creatures and adventure in a thrilling YA trilogy

Combine anthropology with adventure, throw in some mythical creatures, let the result be written in the mesmerising stile of Isabel Allende, and you get a magnificent trilogy that awakens a whole range of child-like emotions of wonder and amazement.

There was nothing better when I grew up than the new instalment of a book series I loved coming out. I tore through Harry Potter, Eragon, Lord of the Rings, and many others and after that I felt a little lost. No series sparked that childhood enjoyment or sucked me in so badly as those books had done when I was younger. And then I found City of the Beasts and learned that it had two sequels!

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Stephen Fry’s retelling of Greek myths created a new Mythos

Give me a break okay? I studied Mediterranean Archaeology, so I have many books on the Greek myths on my bookshelves. I also just like to read them. I was a bit hesitant about Mythos though, mostly because I already have so many of these books and I know almost all myths out of the back of my mind. I might not be able to recite them word by word, but I can retell them without having to think for long. However, Mythos proved itself a worthy addition to this part of my collective memory.

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Percy Jackson tells about the Greek gods.

Ever wonder about the myths of the ancient Greeks, but never the interest to listen to teachers or pick up a book written in ancient times? If you love pure sarcasm, there is now a version that tells you exactly how the Greek gods came to be, without the use of the most dramatic English (or Greek) you have ever read. Percy Jackson tells you all about it in this last segment of the series.

9780141355207[1]The rule of the Olympian Gods, presented inruins of great temples like the one on the Acropolis in Athens, did not start easy. The Greeks not only knew their way around tragedies, murder, blood and other horrific stories, they loved their drama as well. The Titans ruled after overthrowing the primordial gods (read: their dad), and the Olympians ruled after overthrowing the Titans (again: their dad). Love, drama, pain and suffering pass the stage in Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods. Not much happiness, but bucket loads of sarcasm though.

Series
The Percy Jackson-series gained their fame with five books written by Rick Riordan. And after those five, a spin-off with another five (Heroes of Olympus) followed. So if your kid loves tales of heroism and adventures with a dash of myths and history? Give him/her this and you’ll be set for at least the next three years of presents (this includes birthdays, Christmas and passing on to the next schoolgrade). This book is only the latest segment of the series and tells the stories of the twelve Olympian gods. Their birth, their rise to power and how they got their place on their thrones. Since most history books don’t attract much attention with kids, this book was written that it is fun to read. Riordan’s tone is highly sarcastic but you do learn something. It is officially a Young Adult/childrens book, but as a grown up (well… sort off grown up) I can highly recommend it to history-lovers who just want to read something different for a change. Just prepare everyone around you for a load of sarcasm as soon as you put it down.

Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
If you like horror shows, bloodbaths, lying, stealing, backstabbing and cannibalism, then read on . . .

Who could tell the true stories of the gods of Olympus better than modern-day demigod?

In this whirlwind tour of Greek mythology, Percy Jackson gives his personal take on the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece – and reveals the truth about how they came to rule the world.

Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods / Puffin / 97801413552

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