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Song of Achilles
Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice."
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Sweetkokoro
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Front of the slipcase they came in!

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Sweetkokoro
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Illumicrate special edition!

BayouGirl85 @Lollymya OMG! What a beautiful edition! 22h
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Books_n_Whatnot
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Read it over Christmas break and enjoyed it immensely. Lent it to my sister and she also loved it. It felt poetic, and the ancient characters felt very modern. A good tragic love story.

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Cailey_Mac
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Also in the lineup of next reads: The Song of Achilles. I feel like I‘m highly motivated this year to read my tbr! I‘ve also made a reading resolution to read all the books I buy this year… this year, and have been a lot more thoughtful with my book purchases so far (even though it‘s only January). #tbr #nextup

violabrain This book is one of my all-time favorites! Enjoy it! 5d
Cailey_Mac @violabrain ooo that‘s good to hear! I‘m hoping I‘ll love it as much☺️ 5d
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Izzy28
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Beautifully written re-telling and re-imagining of the age-old story. This book had me audibly sobbing through the last couple of chapters. Definitely a new favorite!

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5feet.of.fury
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Definitely ugly cried my way through the last couple chapters. This was so good. Beautiful. frustrating at times. Epic. Another side of the Greek Heroes and legends.

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5feet.of.fury
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I don‘t know what I expected this book to be about, i just bought it because everyone was reading it. I do not know a lot about the mythology and I keep being surprised about what‘s happening 😂 it‘s captivating so far though! I‘m about 1/3 of the way in with Deidameia.

Booksarelifeaddict I‘m thinking about picking this book up next! 1w
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I wasn‘t sure I was enjoying this at first but then stayed up until 2:00 AM to finish it. So I guess it‘s a pick! I‘m excited to try more books in the “novelized” mythology genre that seems to be popping up everywhere recently. ☀️

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soupdumplings
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17/01/21 Finished

One of the most beautifully written books I've read. Was a sad yet expected ending but yet it still managed to hurt apart of my soul and I'm still sad about it

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TamTracy
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I‘m not a big Greek mythology fan and I don‘t like stories about long battles. Although this is a love story at the core I felt like it dragged on forever in several parts. It was hard to get through at times. The parts that weren‘t dragging were great though and the overall story was very good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5feet.of.fury
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I thought this was new, why did this come out in 2011?

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TheSpineView
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Unpopular opinion. I bailed on this book at over a 1/3 into it. I loved the prose; yet, I couldn't make myself finish the book. It was really slow going and I never cared for the characters. Totally not for me. I thought it was a total waste of my time and I should have bailed earlier. Sigh...

LaraReads I have “bailed” on it twice, and not because I didn‘t like it. I really did! I just stopped listening to it for some reason twice over the last few years. So I guess I just wasn‘t as in love with it as others. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Laughterhp Have you read Circe? (edited) 2w
PuddleJumper I found this unremarkable when I read it. Didn't understand the hype at all 2w
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PageShifter I didn't like this either. Well for me it was something I could read but I can't say I loved it. And wasn't that good either, especially when I thought to get something amazing for the hype. 2w
TheSpineView @LaraReads @PuddleJumper @PageShifter Glad to know I have company. So many loved it and I didn't. 2w
TheSpineView @Laughterhp Yes and I enjoyed it. So I was even mor disappointed with this one. 2w
Karons1 I did the same with Circe felt like I was the only person on the planet who didn‘t enjoy that book 😆 2w
LaraReads @TheSpineView @Laughterhp Same! I really enjoyed Circe as well! So this was a surprise. 2w
TheSpineView @Karons1 I get that! 2w
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KristiAhlers
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This author does have a lyrical way of telling a story. I enjoyed this one and would recommend her to those who enjoy Greek mythology stories

CoverToCoverGirl It was a wonderful telling. 2w
StayCurious Love your bookmark! 2w
KristiAhlers @StayCurious thank you! I got this one and an Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from Barnes & Noble. I collect bookmarks so I‘m always looking for new ones. 2w
StayCurious I love Audrey as well! I‘m always on the lookout for Audrey art 2w
KristiAhlers @StayCurious me too! Breakfast at Tiffany‘s and Roman Holiday are my favorites. But I also love Sabrina and my Fair Lady. My phone cover is a Breakfast at Tiffany‘s art. 2w
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GodsLioness
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Lovely.

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Not a bad way to spend my day of birth! 🎈♑️💜🎂

aa_guer2021 This is a wonderful book! Enjoy! HBD! 🎉 2w
slategreyskies Happy Birthday, Stacey!! 🧁✨ 2w
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Rinooo
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"I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world."

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Samary
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I did really like this, wonderfully written and the audiobook narrator was great. I will say it is a bit overhyped so if you‘re looking to pick it up manage expectations.

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Cazxxx
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Just finished this and wow! I don‘t think I can put into words how breathtakingly beautiful and emotional this book is. A solid 5 stars and will be going in my all time favourites list. If you haven‘t read it then don‘t hesitate. Outstanding!
5 ⭐️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Same. I loved this book so much. 3w
5feet.of.fury It‘s on my list for this month! I can‘t wait. 3w
Cazxxx @5feet.of.fury it‘s a good one! 3w
sprainedbrain One of my favorite books ever. ❤️ 3w
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perfectsinner Love this book so much 4w
Cazxxx @perfectsinner I‘m almost finished it and it‘s so good! 3w
perfectsinner I ugly cried really hard 3w
Cazxxx @perfectsinner I feel I‘m heading that way too 3w
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Chelsey_5
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Oh my! What a way to start off 2022! I don‘t know how I only just read this one! I‘m so overwhelmed with emotion that I have no words. Just absolutely stunning!

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willspen
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First time I haven‘t been able to put a book down in a long time. Even if you‘re familiar with the Iliad and myths of Achilles and Troy, Miller‘s choice of narration from Patroclus makes it feel like a story told for the first time. Heartbreaking and warming all at once, a fantastic read.

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Going to be honest this didn't grip me as much as Circe did but it is still most definitely a pick. A wonderful retelling of the Iliad with a focus on the relationship between Achilles and his companion Patroclus. Their love story is told beautifully, I will definitely be giving this a reread at some point in the future.

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bethanybee
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Heartbreakingly beautiful. I enjoyed this read so much. A great retelling of the story of Achilles and Patroclus with beautiful writing.

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Cathyloves2read
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I read this book with very little knowledge of Greek mythology. I come away craving more. What a story! And to think that it‘s this authors debut novel. What a talent! I really got into the story. I love the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. The stories of the Gods were so intriguing. I look forward to Madeline Millers next novel!

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I 📖 1/2 and 🎧 to 1/2. Can I just SHOUT how amazing this narrator was?! Mind you I've only listened to maybe 3 audio books ever but....this man was so wonderful. Highly HIGHLY recommend listening to this one.

People absolutely gag about this book. And it was definitely well written and deserving of all the awards. However, I felt like the romance was taking a backseat. (Y'all know I come for the romance and stay for the story 😅) 👇

chasjjlee I expected to be blown away by the love story. You know, like Simon & Baz 😁. I felt like I could feel and see and taste the love that Baz had for Simon. But this was a little less passionate I guess.

The 1st half was very much about their romance developing and I loved that but the 2nd half was.....idk, not that. 👇
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chasjjlee I think it's just a personal thing because it was no doubt a beautifully written story. I just wanted to feel their love and their connection more than I did.

Still thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it 4 (memorable 😉)⭐'s!
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Exodus Gods and Kings

Klou Perfect!! 1mo
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Catsandbooks
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Thank you so much @Dostoyes 💚 I've been wanting to read this book for forever! It will be perfect for #FoodandLit Greece in March too! The chocolates look scrumptious! Have a Merry Christmas!🎄

Thanks for hosting Chelle! ❤️
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Dostoyes Beautiful tree! So glad it‘s a good pick for you! Merry Christmas! 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm not sure if I'll save this for March but I'll definitely be reading it in 2022. It checks a prompt in many challenges. 1mo
Catsandbooks @Dostoyes Thank you! 🎄 1mo
Catsandbooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I loved Circe so I'm very excited to read her first book. And I saw she's working on a Persephone story!!!!! 🤩🤯I can't wait for that! 1mo
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Lindsay.Butier
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YALL
“My silence was his answer. He sat up blanket falling from his chest. Is she pregnant?”

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chasjjlee
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Ready to RELAX 📖🍷.
This full moon is testing my limits 🧘‍♀️🌕!

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I really adored Patroclus and how he always tried to do the right thing. Meanwhile, Achilles became too focused on his own glory that he sometimes lost his way. Patroclus was like his moral compass. I adored the writing style. I actually think The Song of Achilles was better than Circe. TSOA felt more personal and relational.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is I think it should have ended sooner than it did.

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The song of Achilles is a beautifully written retelling of homers Iliad. The story of Greek hero Achilles and his companion Patroclus. I didn't know about this before reading this novel.
Once you start reading this novel you won't be able to put it down. The connection between Patroclus and Achilles is pure and strong, a bond that stretches through the years. That's the most beautiful part to read. A Heartfelt book.

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TheReadingRaccoon
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Moving novel about the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus first as boys, then lovers and later soldiers in the epic battle against Troy, 4 stars

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Sharv_Sona
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Brides did not smile.

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NikkiM5
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Miller is magical. This book gives it all, action, life lessons, Gods and Goddesses, and the sweetest love story ❤️. If you love Greek Mythology her books are a must. Can‘t wait to read Galatea!

“Name one hero who was happy.”

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ❤️❤️ Love this book. 2mo
nichollinlove I adored this and Circe so much I bought them both signed ❤ The audiobooks for both are absolutely amazing. 2mo
AFrostCauseReads Yay!!! I‘m so glad you liked it!!! Did you cry though? I was balling my eyes out, no shame 😭 2mo
NikkiM5 @AFrostCauseReads I hear ya 💔 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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My 15-year-old granddaughter‘s reaction to The Song of Achilles. Warms my bookish heart!

Aims42 Awwww!! 😍 2mo
Bookzombie 💗 2mo
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CrowCAH I‘m reading Circe and it‘s an emotional piece, more melancholy in tone. But a cool way to learn about the different Greek myths. 2mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so popular among young people thanks to #booktok. I love that! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CrowCAH Interesting to know about the tone. I pulled Circe off my shelf based on this convo. Going to start it today … as long as I find a few minutes. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Yay for #booktok then! She did mention some of her friends were also reading it. 😁 2mo
CrowCAH @BarbaraTheBibliophage sounds like a plan! 👍🏻😁 2mo
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CharlotteCormier
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The Song of Achilles is a beautifully written retelling of Homer's Iliad: The story of Greek hero Achilles, and his companion Patroclus. Patroclus is a young prince, who is exiled after he accidentally causes the death of another king's son. Stuck between banishment and execution, he is sent to Peleus, where he meets its prince, Achilles.He is the son of the sea nymph Thetis and predicted to become the next greatest warrior. (Rest in comments)

CharlotteCormier Achilles is everything Patroclus is not, poised, graceful, well-spoken, all the qualities that a prince should be. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends Patroclus and asks him to become his companion, bringing Patroclus along for the thrilling story of the next demi-god champion.

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CharlotteCormier If you‘re looking for a book that paints a beautiful picture in your mind on every page, I highly recommend this novel. The writing is gorgeous, reading it feels relaxing and serene, but at the same time it urges you to keep going. The Song of Achilles is not only a refreshing adaptation of a classic tale, but provides a new take on the legend as a breathtaking, yet heart-wrenching love story. 2mo
CharlotteCormier One theme present in this book is love, both platonic and romantic. The story follows the evolution of Achilles and Patroclus‘ relationship from childhood to adulthood, and the inseparable bond between them.
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MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Charlotte! I have seriously debating reading this book and I may actually do that soon lol! 6/6 2mo
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So this is "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller. It is written from the POV of Patroclus, Achilles's lover in Greek mythology. First from them falling in love from childhood to them in the Trojan war and all the sad stuff that comes after. If you're homophobic, this book SURELY isn't for you. Enjoy :)

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Kenyazero
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Here we have another book I picked up partly because of #RainbowCrateBookBox. I don't always enjoy retellings of Greek myths (I'm not sure why, since I love Greek mythology), but I really enjoyed this one. I liked the characters and narration throughout. This book also wins in a category it invented: most romantic, sweet, passionate, lyrical, and surprisingly non-explicit sex scene.

#GreekMythology #Mythology #LGBTQ #QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks

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This was a soft pick, I only really got into it in the last five or so chapters. I found the characters pretty one dimensional and didn‘t really care about them until the war got started and Patroclus developed some interests outside of how hot Achilles was. #unpopularopinion I know, I really hoped I‘d love it based on other reviews

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bookstoregoblin
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Listening to a Madeline Miller book is like eating dessert first. An absolute pleasure. My ears are gluttonous. #nowlistening #madelinemiller #songofachilles

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jazzeddy
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Such beautiful prose and telling of the Greek myth.

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Ast_Arslan
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Some of my mythological books.
Plenty are still at my parent's house 😅

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DMC_run8
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Well that book ripped my heart out...in a good way.

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marss
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“He is half of my soul, as the poets say.”

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Elise.Rosa.C
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"Name one hero who was happy." - Achilles (The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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galro4
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Perfect book.

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This book spends way too much time on the sexual tension between Patroclus and Achilles as young boys, and they don't get to Troy until over halfway through the book. The timing feels off once the war starts, too. Some parts that are lingered on (such as a wildly unbelievable subplot of Achilles and Patroclus saving a bunch of girls from sexual slavery and Patroclus constant admiration of Achilles's appearance) feel indulgent and even 👇

LitStephanie as if the author is trying to fill space. Miller hints at a theme of humans being thwarted by capricious gods when they exercise too much free will, and there certainly is a theme that you can't escape fate, but there is no "so what." Mostly this is a well written love story between two people totally obsessed with each other from age ten or so to death, to the point where it is just weird. 4mo
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Ivory_Coal

Hey, it's your sis! Now, I just finished this book and man, it's amazing! It's cute and heartbreaking at the same time. But this sorta felt me at a readers block, normally I wouldn't get this I would have dozens of "Books to Read" lists. But I wasn't feeling them, if anyone has any suggestions I'm open! Thanks, Ivory

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Finished reading on 03 October 2021.

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SamAnne
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Absolutely loved Circe. This one is making me laugh out loud with the purple prose and tunic-ripping purple prose. I‘m not a romance reader and this one is feeling like a Harlequin. I‘m told it gets better after 160 pages or so. Am reading a chapter a day…”He smelled like almonds and earth. He pressed against me, crushing my lips to wine.” These kinds of sentences are on replay….

jdiehr What? No mention of throbbing manhood?? 4mo
SherryJones I read “Achilles” but not “Circe.” Do you recommend “Circe?” 2mo
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