(Obviously the attributes I picked out are not the only things these gods are in charge of, but if we tried to do that we’d be here until 2020. So.)
ZEUS :: justice :: an unjust ending (and how you would change it)
Pandora Gets Frightened by Carolyn Hennesy
In the end Hera is the bad guy and gets punished for eternity. I had a way better ending planned that involved Hera’s un-possession and redemption, and would acknowledge that Hera did not completely suck.
HERA :: women :: a depiction of the female experience
In the last pages, O’Connor reminds us that recorded myths are really “Greek Myths: The Dude’s Edition” and that some myths were passed from mother to daughter, about which we know little. But he gives us one that we do know of, because women should have stories, too.
POSEIDON :: earthshaker :: a book that shook your perspective
DEMETER :: fertility :: a series that promises to grow
I’ve read up to the fifth volume so far and I am dying just because my heart breaks in new ways with each new addition.
ARES :: war :: a book that gave you conflicted feelings
I like this series because the writing is good and it’s an interesting story but I can’t forgive this series for sexism and racism and being generally disappointing when it comes to social themes.
ATHENA :: wisdom :: a story raising philosophical questions
To be discussed in a later post. Okay? Okay. Just think: what is a person?
APOLLO :: healing :: a book that makes you feel better
I read it when I had a panic attack on account of I didn’t have money for parking. But my best friend bailed me out, because she is awesome.
ARTEMIS :: animals :: a book with a carnal title
Also to do with King Richard, who I am not a big fan of, but whatever.
[Get it? Cuz it’s a play on romance and wilderness! Hahaha. Artemis would kill me.]
HEPHAESTUS :: craftsmanship :: a well-crafted story
Neal Shusterman is among the best writers I’ve ever read, and Challenger Deep was so intricate and symbolic and yet easy to follow… I loved it.
APHRODITE :: love :: an epic romance
IT WAS SO CUTE THOUGH. KISSING AND MARRIAGE AND LOVE AND CRAZY ENDINGS. GAH. I LOVED IT. I think I’m going to read it again…
HERMES :: thievery :: a story that stole your heart
It’s funny, because it is about thieves! I really liked it, though, especially because I’m still on the tail end of my Leverage hangover. It was a lot of good characters in an interesting storyworld. I’m interested for the next book.
DIONYSUS :: ritual madness :: an unexpected ending
It wasn’t really unexpected to me because I read it before I finished the middle but it was very weird and interesting and philosophical and it makes you go like whaaaat.
[This doesn’t seem to connect, but my connection is that Dionysus is sort of construed as divinely chaotic because of his madness (both Hera and wine induced). Being chaotic he is given charge of the unexpected and of those who don’t traditionally fit in. That’s the connection.]
HADES :: wealth :: the most valuable book you own
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
it’s not really because of the book itself (although it’s a good one), but the specific copy I have was owned by my mom and grandfather and so forth… It’s been sort of passed down through the generations, and it’s cool to own something passed down like that.
HESTIA :: home :: a book set in your homeland
This wasn’t actually a book I particularly liked (it just felt sort of outrageous in a lot of weird ways), but I did appreciate living in the general area where it takes place so that I knew all of the landmarks and stuff.
Well, that's the end of this very long post. But, it was fun. Plus, mythology. I knew this was a good idea.