Mythology by Edith Hamilton,
This book is exactly what you expect, all the major, and minor stories from Greek mythology from the Troy, to Hercules written in an authoritative, well-researched text. Before every story she explains a bit from which author she sourced the myth. There are handy family trees of the Gods in the back. It was a bit unexpected, but a bit of the end of the book talks about Norse mythology. That was an interesting section and almost wish it was longer. I know precious little about Norse mythology. This means I might have to read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology book to educate myself (I wonder if he has illustrations in that book?)
Zeus: King of the Gods by George O'Connor
The first in a series of graphic novels detailing the origins of the Olympians of Greek mythology. Initially, I wasn't that excited about this book because of the lackluster cover design, but I still bought it because I can't resist Greek mythology. Once I read it through though, I liked it. The author really respects the Greek mythology stories and has done his research. He even uses the more correct “Greek” transliteration of names such as Kronos instead of Chronos. At the back of the book he also gives you: notes on the story and Greek terms used, fact sheets for each monster/God in the story, and a list of recommended reading for younger and older readers.
The publisher of this book is :01 First Second. I want to give a shout out to them because every single book I've read from them so far has been gold. They also published Ben Hatke's “Zita Girl series”, and “Boxers and Saints” by Gene Luen Yang. They seem to have a good eye for cool authors, with interesting stories to tell. Keep an eye out for books by :01.
Book #81 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge
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Galatea by Madeline Miller
Miller has a talent for bringing to life the world of Greek mythology. As a person of Greek heritage, I'm glad that she's bringing the passion of Greek myths to people who might know the myths. I read her books Circe, and Song of Achilles and thought they were both excellent stories that remained faithful the the spirit of the myths they were based on.
Galatea is based on a myth I'm not familiar with I'm ashamed to say. This is based on the story of Pygmalion. He is a gifted sculpture who makes a very beautiful marble statue of a woman. He falls in love with the statue and the Gods turn her into a real woman for him. Then they get married and live happily ever after (I suppose?).
The story of Galatea doesn't retell that part of the myth but rather looks ahead to what would their marriage would be like if the statue was married to the man. What feelings would she have? What would she life (or die for)? This is a short story but still a nice read. I love how Miller retells these myths from the female perspective with is almost always neglected in Greek mythology.
Book #43 in My 2019 Reading Challenge
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