Tag Archives: History/Myth

House of Names – Colm Tóibín

Hot on the heels of Bright Air Black, another literary reinterpretation of a Classical myth (this time, the Oresteia)… which was probably a bad idea. I mean, this has been on my reading pile for ages, so I was going to get … Continue reading

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Bright Air Black – David Vann

This one was another birthday present, and one where I read the blurb and just went “yessssss”. Because I am predictable, and giving me reinterpretations of Classical myths to read is never going to go wrong. And then it comes … Continue reading

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The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

Well. This was very very interesting indeed. No, really. I’m using “interesting” honestly here. And I think it’s the best adjective for the book… far more than “gripping” or any of the adjectives I might usually go for. Oh, and … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

Another book club book, though one that had been vaguely on my radar for a while anyway. It’s not made it to any of the awards I’m reading or anything, but it just… kept cropping up. All over the place. … Continue reading

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The Song of Troy – Colleen McCullough

Minor warning here, it’s a novel set during the Iliad. I have a lot of opinions about it. This post is going to run long. I’m very sorry. I’d had one of McCullough’s books – First Man in Rome – on my shelf for years … Continue reading

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