The Greek Gods by Evslin, Evslin and Hoopes

The Greek Gods by Bernard Evslin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Like the other Greek mythology book by Evslin, Evslin, and Hoopes, this too, takes stories and makes them more palatable for adolescents.

This one focuses more on the creation myths, the gods themselves, and the workings of nature. Not every God is here in the book, but most are mentioned in one way or another. The story of Hades and Persephone is in here too.

I have very fond nostalgia for this book (and the other one) and credit both of them with my love of Greek Mythology. This is a very PG method of introducing children to Greek Mythology.



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Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth by Evslin, Evslin, and Hoopes

Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth by Bernard Evslin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a book I’ve had since I was a kid and it was one of my favorites. It was this book and it’s companion that introduced me to Greek Mythology.

If you know anything about Greek Mythology, then you know that the majority of the stories and quite adult with their antics. With this book, the stories are re-written in a way that either glosses over those antics, or just doesn’t include them. This doesn’t make the stories in anyway less than what they were, and the stories that were based on adult antics aren’t included.

I loved this book as a kid and read it several times, so my copy is pretty well worn and I had to be really careful with it. As an adult, I still enjoyed the stories, but noted the differences from the originals.



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Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder

Wonder Woman: The Official Movie NovelizationWonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization by Nancy Holder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have not watched the movie that this book is based on. Just so we’re clear where I’m starting from. Also, have not watched any other Wonder Woman movie or read any other book. In general you could say I’ve not had any exposure to Wonder Woman or her story. Now that that is out of the way…

I’m a super fan of Greek Mythology, and am interested in Wonder Woman’s backstory more than what she’s doing now. I don’t have to hand the story of Zeus and the Amazons, but I love the connection and origins.

It seems a little too neat that she surfaces during WWII. I guess I’m a little biased here because Captain America surfaced during WWII as well and having two superheroes being “born” at that time is just a little too coincidental and well, easy.

Apart from that, I do appreciate her attitude towards the humans. She’s a no nonsense lady. However, why do we need a love scene between her and Steve Trevor? It adds nothing to the story.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised enough that I may have to watch the movie now.

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[DVD] Movie Review – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


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The saga continues with Sea of Monsters, the tree that has protected the camp is now dying, so Percy and his friends must brave the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece, an item that could resurrect the tree.

However, their troubles follow them as Luke is also after the fleece, intending to resurrect Kronos, who in turn intends on destroying the world. Battles and fights ensue each intent on possessing the fabulous fleece.

In the end, things work out a little too well, and now a new situation evolves…

Many of the same actors from the first film reappear along with a few new faces, including Hermes, Dionysus, and Chiron.  I’m guessing that the second movie was contingent on the success of the first, so the actors were not contracted for more than one movie. It appears that there will not be a third movie at this time.

I do enjoy mythology and am glad that someone took the time to build on those myths and I enjoyed the series because of the mythology. The plot was somewhat similar to what was found in the original myths, gods playing up on one another with mortals as their pawns. I enjoyed the film, and do wish there were more.

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

I am well versed in Ancient Greek Mythology, the stories are some of my favorites. So it isn’t that far fetched for me to be interested in these new stories from Rick Riordan. I have the first book series, but yet to read them.

Pierce Brosnan is Chiron, Sean Bean (LotR) is Zeus, Uma Thurman is Medusa, and many other actors and actresses portray the other gods and demigods. This is a large cast for a single film and one that only had one sequel.

This is not another mythological story as to the beginning of the worlds or why nature is the way it is, this is a story about the War of the Gods, well their children actually. The demigods seem almost as powerful as the gods themselves (which doesn’t make sense), but the plot was semi-intriguing.

As an introduction to the series it works as an introduction to most of the characters, but as an introduction to plots it’s very limited. I’ll have to see what the movie sequel brings.

 

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Bullfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bullfinch

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry (Laurel Classic)Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a very good introduction into mythology. I’ve had a long interest in mythology, Greek particularly, which had led me to already know many of the stories contained in this novel. I will admit that some of the myths were told in a new way to me, which made them new to me.

I’ve not had much experience with Norse mythology or the legends of Charlemagne, so both of those were quite fun to read as they were new to me. I’ve read the free little Amazon ebook on King Arthur and his Knights, so many of those myths were familiar, but I enjoyed rereading them again anyway.

However, I wasn’t impressed by the lengthy discussions on The Illiad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, and other epic poems. Granted, they are important pieces of mythology, but I feel that they should be studied on their own, not in collection with other mythological stories.

Overall, it’s a good introduction into mythology, and a good resource.

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A Very Belated Birthday Present

 

My birthday is the summer, the summer just past. I received a very belated birthday present last September (I think?). I am just now getting a post up about it. Wow, I procrastinated a lot.

Anyway, if you haven’t figured it out, I received the boxed set of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I’ve always had a healthy interest in Greek Mythology so wanting to read these books was instant after I heard of them.

I also have the two movies that are out (but haven’t watched them).

I am aware that there is a sequel(?) set to this set but do not know anything about that, but if this series is as good as it’s made out to be I’ll be looking for that set next.

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What I’m Reading Next: The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey was something that was introduced to me in high school. It was read and discussed in class and then I promptly forgot it.

A few years ago (about 4) I dug up my interest in Greek Mythology and found numerous references to Homer’s Odyssey. Amazon has it as a free Kindle classic and so it found it’s way into my Goodread’s To-Read list. It is now the oldest unread ebook/book in my To-Read list.

That Must Change.

 

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