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A Thousand Ships
A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them. . . In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash . . . The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. . . Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.
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ravenlee
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Today‘s #bookmail has a very small bit for me (tagged, and maybe the Blyton set) and a great deal for the kiddo.

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LadyCait84
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Pulling from every corner of the Trojan War, this offers overdue depth &dimension to the female cast of Homer‘s epics. I appreciate that it gives voice to Penelope‘s frustration & fatigue, something I‘ve wanted since reading The Odyssey. (I prefer a woman to a symbol. Let her be more than her fidelity.) I also came to know & feel for characters like Iphigenia, Creusa, Andromache - typically footnoted names I‘d long forgotten or maybe never knew.

jen_the_scribe I have this one waiting for me on my shelf… lovely reading your review. 1mo
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Chittavrtti
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bekakins
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Really enjoyed this alternative telling of the Trojan War, through the eyes of the many affected women. The classicist in me had a total nerd out and nice to revisit some great myths! Makes me want to re-read some of the old tragedies 👀

And my #bookspinbingo board!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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Although the book for me came nowhere near Circe or Song of Achilles, it was still an amusing read. To consider the Trojan war from the point of view of a chorus of women and goddesses was original and cool! A light pick.

Thanks Cindy for sending me this one. It makes the challenges so much easier 😉🤣😘

#Booked2022 #ThinkGreek #FoodAndLit

CaitlinR Nicely put! 3mo
Catsandbooks Terrific! 3mo
Megabooks Wonderful review! 3mo
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Cinfhen Great photo! Agreed it‘s not in the same league as Miller but still an interesting retelling 💜Glad it helped xx 3mo
BiblioLitten I love this picture! 🌟🌟🌟 3mo
BarbaraBB @BiblioLitten Really? That‘s nice! I liked the old fashioned letterbox and all the Ukrainian stickers on it! 3mo
BiblioLitten Your book has a bit of blue and yellow on it too🌻😊 3mo
BarbaraBB @BiblioLitten You‘re right! I didn‘t even notice 😊 3mo
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Jen2
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I‘m loving these female centered retellings!

Sophronisba I haven't read this one yet, but I really loved Madeline Miller's Circe. 4mo
Jen2 Me too!!! 4mo
perfectsinner On my wish list 4mo
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JuniperWilde
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Next up -
I‘ve heard Natalie Haynes on BBC and can‘t wait to read all of her books.

Itchyfeetreader Loved this - hope you enjoy 4mo
JuniperWilde @Itchyfeetreader thx I love it. Can‘t put it down. 4mo
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BookBelle84
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I read this over a day, unable to put it down. The format reminds me of Homegoing where each chapter is a different tiny glimpse of life. The author did an amazing job of having me care about these characters and be invested in the when some you only saw for a couple pages.

CuriousG Normally the subject matter of this book would get a big meh for me and I wouldn't pick it up, but the comparison to the format of Homegoing has me intrigued. At first I hated Homegoing for not allowing me to follow the characters longer, but I grew to love the more diverse perspective it allowed. If this book brings out different pieces that come together for a bigger picture, I might just give it a shot! 5mo
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nichollinlove
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"I hope that at the end of this book ... readers might feel that heroism is something that can reside in all of us, particularly if circumstances push it to the fore. It doesn't belong to men anymore than the tragic consequences of war belong to women. Survivors, victims, perpitrators, these roles are not always separate. People can be wounded and wounding at the same time or at different times in the same life."

I am in stunned awe.

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Chrissyreadit Yes! This book is one of my favorites ever. 5mo
LoverOfLearning Excellent quote! I work with criminal offenders daily and it reminds me of the quote "hurt people hurt people". I am 100% certain that most if not all of my clients have a history of seeing trauma in their childhood. 5mo
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JoyBlue
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rsteve388
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This was an interesting take on the Trojan war and moved women into the spotlight. It was well done but I thought it would be better with multiple narrators for the Audiobook. But I did love the back and forth between all the different women who were experiencing the fall of Troy and how the gods play with the humans who worshipped them.

#WinterGames #RandomRead 10 pts + 1 for participation.

Itchyfeetreader Loved this one 6mo
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rsteve388
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#WeekendReads

1.) Current Reads: Audiobook: Tagged Book Physical Book: The Valcourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Vol 5 Edited By: Christopher Philippo

2.) Fav Thing about Winter: Watching the Snow Fall Outside my Window.

3.) In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren, it was by first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope to read more by those two in the upcoming year.

@rachelsbrittain

Tag Your It @Bookgoil

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rsteve388
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So December is looking a lot different then what I originally thought with regards to setting up my #BookBingo Card. The tagged book is my next book. I am two books away from finishing reading a 125 books for 2021.

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Cortg
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I loved this mix of stories about the women of the Trojan War. The premises reminded me of The Red Tent, a long time favorite. It‘s always refreshing to hear the women‘s stories. I suck at Greek Mythology and who‘s who which put me at a disadvantage but still a fun read. *disclaimer: Wikipedia was my friend during this read

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TheKidUpstairs
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"And revenge, when it came, came from another quarter altogether, and it rolled out onto the ground, gleaming and golden."

#Apples #GratefulHarvest
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🍎📚💙 8mo
Eggs 🍎❤️📚 8mo
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BookwormM
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#Netgalley #ARC #ThousandShips

One word review - Epic

Great retelling of the Greek myths from the woman‘s point of view.

Interesting use of different narrative techniques, my favourite being Penelope‘s letters to Odysseus. The whole story of the Odyssey told as the story of one man who will do anything to avoid coming home to his loyal and faithful wife.

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ElspethY
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This book was very well written!! I think I just had the same issue with it that I had with Circe - I remember too much from high school classics that the book doesn‘t keep me totally gripped. A very cool female perspective of a well known story!!!

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sprainedbrain
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Not a big secret that I‘m a fan of Greek mythology, and the Trojan War has always been of particular interest to me (I‘m an Achilles fangirl from way back)… I was so excited to read this retelling of the fall of Troy from the perspective of the (usually marginalized) women, and Haynes did not disappoint.

Beautiful writing and heartbreaking voices, but not really told in chronological order, so some basic knowledge would help going in.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Augustdana Yea I‘m a little ways in and I‘m glad I have a basic knowledge of the stories. Don‘t know many of the women‘s names which … of course I don‘t, but it‘s more enjoyable knowing what happens. 9mo
sprainedbrain @Augustdana right? Unfortunately we need know a little about the men to know where the women are coming from. 9mo
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Augustdana
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🎸🎸🎸 Let‘s go girls

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Sydneypaige
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I am glad to have read some tellings and retellings of Greek mythology before reading this because I was able to appreciate the different perspectives from these women of stories I was familiar with that I wouldn‘t understand as well without having some groundwork.

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SamAnne
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I love retellings and enjoyed this one of the Trojan year, told from the perspective of the women. I think I like Madeline Miller‘s Circe more though! Starting The Song of Achilles next month as well as a reread of The Iliad, Caroline Alexander‘s translation.

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SamAnne
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Long day and not over. But grabbing a glass of wine and diving into this. I love Greek mythology and classics and love retelling. This is right up my alley. Planning to begin a reread of The Iliad next month—the new translation!—and willl be reading Song of Achilles for September book club.

annamatopoetry May I recommend this? 10mo
SamAnne @annamarieburns stacked. Thanks for the recommendation! 10mo
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nishaagni
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I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing to hear from the women who normally are sidelined (if they‘re lucky enough to be mentioned in there in the first place) in the original epic - to know how they feel, hear their intimate thoughts & explore their personalities.

The only person I found annoying was Penelope, who was very whiny.

Apart from the book itself, the afterword was really enjoyable and a delight to read. 100% pick!

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CampbellTaraL
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Not a bad telling of the fall of Troy from the women's perspective. The horrors inflicted are hard to get through, so go in prepared. The bravery and absolute dedication to vengeance is impressive. My least favorite was Penelope pining over Odysseus, I skipped a chapter or two when she came up.

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 213.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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HettyG
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I listened to the audiobook read by the author, I loved this book. It is important to pay close attention to chapter titles to make sure you know where you are in the book, but once I got used to that the flow was easier. I also highly recommend listening to the afterward, the author‘s obvious and genuine joy in her subject shines brightly.

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Laughterhp
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I was a little hesitant when I first started this book. It changes between many perspectives, so the flow was a bit off for me. However, once I got 60-70 pages in, I couldn‘t put it down.

This is a retelling of the Trojan war told from the women‘s perspectives. It was interesting to read this version since I‘ve read Song of Achilles and Circe and those characters obviously show up in this book. I really liked this book.

#LMPBC

Lesanne I‘m so glad!!! I had the same reaction. 12mo
Chrissyreadit This is in my top picks for the year, and one of my five star reads. I‘m so glad it was picked. 12mo
Allylu I loved this book, too! Definitely 5 stars! 12mo
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Tamra 😁 12mo
Kdgordon88 5 🌟 read for me, too. 12mo
Laughterhp @Lesanne I dropped this off at the post office today! 12mo
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“A war does not ignore half the people whose lives it touches, so why do we?”
The epic of the Trojan War told by the women. The Amazon who fought in it. The woman the war was started over. The woman left at home while her husband fought. The woman whose home and town was destroyed. Etc. I‘m absolutely loving this period of Greek stories written from the women‘s perspective.

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KarenUK
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#MidYearFaves #Day7 of 10

Beautifully written and feminist AF, this novel gives a voice to the silenced women of the Trojan war myths. As time goes back and forth, this novel tells stories from the perspective of goddesses and wives, daughters and warriors, showing the affects of these mythical events and the consequences of vengeful wars waged by men. These women come alive in these stories, strong and brave and feisty. I absolutely loved it.

BarbaraBB I immediately thought of Circe and then noticed Madeline Miller‘s recommendation on the cover! 12mo
vivastory I hope to read this one soon. I've heard great things about it 12mo
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Nessavamusic
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Just finished this beautiful book. As the cover quote states, this is a fiercely feminist book featuring the viewpoints of the many women of the Iliad. It is profoundly sad but definitely worth the read. Another #bookspinbingo read completed. #historicalfiction

nishaagni Sounds really interesting 12mo
nishaagni It reminds me of a book called Until the Lions which encapsulates the version of the Hindu Epic Mahabharata, from women's perspectives. 12mo
Nessavamusic @nishaagni ooh that sounds interesting, I may have to check it out 12mo
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Scochrane26
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This is my #bookspin for June & one I have seen often on Litsy. I loved it. I enjoyed it more than The Silence of the Girls because it was more focused on the women‘s stories. Loved the structure & number of women included. 4.5/5 stars Great book! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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BookNAround
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I want to start my book. Gatsby wants her dinner. Who will win this battle of wills?

Ruthiella My money is on Gatsby! 🐶😜 12mo
rubyslippersreads If Gatsby is anything like my cats, you‘ll be serving dinner before you start your book. 😸 12mo
KathyWheeler I‘m betting that Gatsby won. 😄 12mo
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Larkken Gatsby. You wouldn't want to have to interrupt yourself once your into the book, after all!!😁 12mo
Tamra 😂 12mo
Kdgordon88 The dog always wins in our house. Bet Gatsby did, too. 🙂 12mo
Hooked_on_books Gatsby. Gatsby will win. 😂 12mo
LeahBergen Gatsby. 😆 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl Gatsby! Lol 12mo
BookNAround @Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads @KathyWheeler @Larkken @Tamra @Kdgordon88 @Hooked_on_books @LeahBergen @CoverToCoverGirl I liked how none of you bet I‘d win. And yes, you were all right. Miss G got her dinner before I got to the book. Lol! 12mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Do you know how you feel like a book is an experience? Completely absorbing and beautiful? And an author absolutely has the talent and skill to pull you in to feel like a character is everything even when their arc is only a few pages long? That is this book for me. I will be buying it, recommending it and gifting it. @Lesanne I‘m just so glad you chose this for #lmpbc ❤️🥳🎉❤️

Lesanne Oh, I‘m so glad you loved it!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
sprainedbrain Well, I‘m sold! ❤️ 13mo
Tamra I‘m ordering this one! 13mo
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Chrissyreadit @Tamra I just stacked it. 13mo
HOTPock3tt This was already on my TBR, now I‘m bumping it up! 😃 @Chrissyreadit 13mo
Crazeedi Cant wait to read this one Chrissy 13mo
BayouGirl85 I couldn‘t agree more about this read. 13mo
Laughterhp Hey, did you send this book to me? I haven‘t gotten it yet, so I‘m just trying to figure out when I should expect it. ☺️ 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp yes- but literally sent Monday or Tuesday! I‘m so sorry for the delay. It somehow missed my trip to PO last week. You should get it soon!! I may have sent media rate. 13mo
Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp I will try to find receipt- my head has not been organized lately!!! I‘m so sorry! 13mo
Laughterhp No worries! Just wanted to check in. If you just sent it this week, I‘ll look out for it this week. No big deal! 13mo
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Cinfhen
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I really enjoyed this new addition to the retelling/ reimagining of the Trojan War. Told entirely through the women‘s voices; we hear from wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, goddesses, Queens, princesses and nymphs as they weave in and out of the decades before, during and after the Trojan War. I switched from print to audio but enjoyed both.

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Cinfhen
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#CurrentListen 🎧 This is more of a short story collection, comprised of all female voices offering their perspective on the 10 year Trojan War. It‘s clever and fascinating and full of myth, lore and legend. @Megabooks @BarbaraBB this is my favorite brand of CBD body lotion and their lip therapy is amazing too!! Perfect for goddesses and mortals xx

4thhouseontheleft I‘ve never tried CBD lotion, what do you like about it? I use CBD drops to help with sleeping. 13mo
Cinfhen It relieves minor aches and pains and offers some longer relief without having to digest anything @4thhouseontheleft I think the body rub roll on in the stick form actually works best on my lower back and upper shoulders. Plus they smell a hell of a lot better than Vick‘s vapor rub xx Hope you‘re having a great time at the cabin 13mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I'll have to try this! We're not at the cabin yet! We leave on Monday. It's Maya's last week of school! 13mo
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Cinfhen Wow, school year is almost over!! Crazzy 13mo
Megabooks Nice!! We‘ve definitely had an interesting conversation about CBD, etc. with @BarbaraBB ! 13mo
Cinfhen We really do have good convos @Megabooks @BarbaraBB #LiveAndLearn ♥️ 13mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks Definitely! Cindy, you use this just for fun, I mean without a medical reason? We DO have marijuana oil in the Netherlands but people are very reserved (?) in using it. I would never think of buying it but you are now tempting me!! 13mo
Cinfhen Yes @BarbaraBB it‘s not medical but it‘s meant to have medicinal plant based benefits you can even buy CBD products via Sephora 💕I‘m not sure how much is JUST marketing and how much is actually beneficial but it‘s the newest craze... (edited) 13mo
BarbaraBB I really must find out all about this! So tempting! 13mo
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DakotaWilde
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I definitely enjoyed the different perspectives on the Trojan War, especially coming from an all female point of view. I always thought about Odysseus' poor wife having to wait over 20 years for her husband to return to her and how awful that must have been. 3.5/5 stars 🥰

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I adored this book! It was so nice to see familiar stories told from the perspective of the women that had been brushed aside. Even with such short chapters and rapidly changing perspectives, Haynes manages to add depth, personality, and humanity to each character.

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The short chapters we get from Calliope‘s perspective as the bard tells the stories of these women have all been absolutely incredible.

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I loved loved loved this one! Much more than Circe. Haynes told the story of several women in and around the Trojan war, illustrating their own heroism and courage despite the atrocities they faced. Absolutely brilliant.

Tamra I loved both! 💙 Never in a million years would I have guessed I‘d like mythology until I started my Humanities degree. I feel like it‘s a gift that keeps on giving. Endless imagination! (edited) 13mo
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KarenUK
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#two4tuesday Thanks so much for the tag @Ruthiella 💕☺️

1. I‘m fairly new to it.... but after reading the tagged book, definitely Calliope 😍
2. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes was so good.... loved it! And before that I loved Circe 💕

Ruthiella I need to read this book by Haynes! It sounds so good. 😀 14mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 14mo
Cathythoughts This book is getting great reviews here 👍🏻 13mo
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Tamra
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Haynes writes about how difficult this work was to create, I can believe it! There are a number of disparate characters she gives voice to and ties together via the web of war. She captures immortals behaving petulantly perfectly, especially over the inception the Trojan war. 😏 As to the mortals, all the motives and emotions one would expect are on display, the good, bad, and ugly.

Calliope is still my favorite - wise muse.

KarenUK Loved this one too💕 14mo
LeeRHarry Really enjoyed this one and what a gorgeous cover! 14mo
Tamra @KarenUK 💙 13mo
Tamra @LeeRHarry it really is striking! 13mo
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JenniferP
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Once I realized this was a retelling of the Iliad and odyssey from female perspectives and not supposed to be a deep dive into a few characters, I really enjoy this Greek myth retelling.

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Tamra
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The first morning in 9 weeks recreational reading has been an option. 💙😌

I didn‘t know the story of Iphigenia so it came as a surprise. 🥺

DGRachel I loved this one! 14mo
Nute Glad it has finally happened!🙂 14mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 14mo
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LeahBergen I think you‘re being silently judged from afar. 😆 14mo
Leftcoastzen Yes , I see your supervisor over there!😄😻 14mo
Tamra @LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen yes, that is his self appointed position. 😅 14mo
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Tamra
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Calliope is the best character! 😉

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KimM
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This was pretty cool. A retelling from the women's point of view.

Tamra I have this one started and will be picking it back up today. 👏🏾👏🏾 I have a new penchant for mythology retellings these days. 1y
Tamra Funny synchronicity, my daughter noticed her current MG book is by the same Haynes too. 😄 (edited) 1y
KimM I love retellings! 1y
SamAnne On my list for next month hopefully. And right now reading Stephen Fry's Mythos, a humorous, well-written retelling of Greek mythology. Should help with this book and Achilles' Heel, which I also want to read. 1y
KimM Mythos is on my TBR 1y
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sparrowssavvy
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It took me a wee bit to get into this one. After about thirty pages, I was really in it. I loved the concept of the Trojan war told through the varying views of so many different female characters. There were so many interweaving characters and their connectivity was fantastic. I enjoyed how this book took place throughout the war, prior to the war, and the fallout. It had a great scope and range of characters. Odysseus was damn annoying though 😂

CoverToCoverGirl I finished this yesterday too. I liked it a lot but not as much a The Silence of the Girls and The Song of Achilles. 1y
sparrowssavvy I loved The Silence of the Girls!! Song of Achilles is on my list too!! 14mo
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