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The Mythic Dream
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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An all-new anthology of eighteen classic myth retellings featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers. Madeleine LEngle once said, When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe. The Mythic Dream gathers together eighteen stories that reclaim the myths that shaped our collective past, and use them to explore our present and future. From Hades and Persephone to Kali, from Loki to Inanna, this anthology explores retellings of myths across cultures and civilizations. Featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed writers such as Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, JY Yang, Alyssa Wong, Indrapramit Das, Carlos Hernandez, Sarah Gailey, Ann Leckie, John Chu, Urusla Vernon, Carmen Maria Machado, Stephen Graham Jones, Arkady Martine, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, and more, The Mythic Dream is sure to become a new classic.
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amsu311
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Bailedbailed

I don't really like any of the stories...🤷‍♀️

#GoodReads2021Challenge

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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Told as a “over a couple of beers” story between colleagues, this is a tale of the adventure described in the title. It was a fun read, but if you really don‘t like the “C word” in reference to genitalia (not used as a slur), skip it. It shows up several times.

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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Callen must travel through miles of dangerous desert plains - losing bits of herself in the process - to find a witch on the top of a mountain, who she‘s been told will help save the woman she loves from where she is imprisoned. This fantasy story, set in the future, is a retelling of an ancient Chinese tale. Atmospherically bleak but highly compelling.

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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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In this futurist retelling of a classic Native American story, Mr. Hunter, a rising celebrity, is deeply entrenched in grief for his recently deceased girlfriend, Cherie. When offered a vial of her engram (memory-holding DNA material), he can‘t help but inject it straight into his own brain, but the result is less comforting and more horrifying than he had hoped.

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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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This is the story of how Fisher-bird (presumably a belted kingfisher) got her red belt - and it involves meeting a man with god-blood (“the kind that clogs up your veins and makes you a hero even if you‘d rather just be an ordinary soul”) & arms that are “tree-trunk thick.” This was a fun, light-hearted re-telling of a particular Greek myth (but it feels like a spoiler to reveal which one). Enjoyable read :)

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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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This is a story inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology (in particular, Sekhmet, warrior goddess and goddess of healing) but set far, far into the future. Het is summoned by the immortal world ruler to destroy any threat of insurrection - but summoning one known for destruction to do one‘s bidding may have unintended consequences. ⤵️⤵️⤵️

atla Ironically (given the times), this is one of 2 stories I read yesterday about not senselessly murdering those you perceive to be less powerful simply because a narcissistic ruler tells you to. I really enjoyed this (somewhat gruesome) tale. 2y
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EchoCharlie
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Happy New Year!

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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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17 y/o Aracely has never left the carnival, never having been allowed outside by her mom (the carnival owner), but while setting up in a midwestern farm field, she does the unthinkable, leaving the bounds of the carnival to explore a nearby estate, and meets the most striking girl - with hair like coal and eyes like embers, and burn scars on one side of her face - who she is drawn to in a way she‘s never experienced before. ⤵️⤵️⤵️

atla When she speaks of the girl to someone in the carnival, she learns something that begins to cast doubt on everything she thinks she knows. Wow, ya‘ll, I‘ve never had a short story put me in a book slump before, but this one achieved it. It was all a bit magical & enchanting in the way of The Night Circus, and I loved every word of it. Highly recommended. (I‘ve started re-listening to The Night Circus to break this book slump & it‘s still amazing.) 2y
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atla
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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I‘ve started listening to this anthology of 18 stories that “explores retelling a of myths across culture and civilizations.” It‘s narrated by Samantha Desz, who I had never heard perform previously - and wow, if the first story is any indication, she‘s an amazing narrator. Excited to listen more!

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brindille
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Pickpick

I'm floored by the quality of this anthology (the best one I've ever read so far) and by the directions some of these stories took. I enjoyed it so much!

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Owlizabeth
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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I‘m not much of an anthology reader, and I don‘t have a deep mythology background, but I picked this book up at the library based on the contributors and I have been so pleasantly surprised so far. I‘m almost glad the kiddo woke up at 5 so I could keep reading...almost.

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DarcysMom
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
#Netgalley
#yearofmythology

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DarcysMom
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Good Morning!
#yearofmythology

PurpleyPumpkin Enjoy! 3y
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DarcysMom
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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Emilymdxn @moll did you know Naomi Novik was in this collection??? Seems like one for you! 3y
Moll Ahhh no I didn't but this looks amazing😍😍 3y
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