My review of the ancient Homeric epic.
The theme this month seems to have been "return."
As I did with The Iliad, this prelude will serve as an introduction to both Homer's epic poem and to my understanding of it in historical context.
Before we begin, I'd like to point your direction to a prelude I did, The Iliad in Perspective. It is crucial to this review, especially regarding the concepts of Glory and Honor as it relates to Homer's era as opposed to our own. It's designed to offer an introduction and context to both the epic … Continue reading The Iliad by Homer, Caroline Alexander (translation)
Settle in for a long one. Dare I say it, this one is epic. In the extremely near future, I'm going to be revisiting Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. I used to read these epics frequently through my childhood and into my teens, along with all manner of other Classical mythology. Then somewhere along the … Continue reading Prelude: The Iliad in Perspective
From The Odyssey of Homer to the pages of Wonder Woman comics, Circe is a name with which I'm extremely familiar. Thanks to following a number of other readers' blogs out there, I'm also familiar with the name Madeline Miller, though as of this writing, I've not read her debut novel The Song of Achilles. Forgive me in … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller
Every fan of horror knows that, regardless of how much the idea holds sway over you, you have to work through a couple thousand vampire stories before you find one that's actually worth your time. I've been spoiled over the years, and I'm picky as a result. Likewise, I'm just as discerning when it comes to … Continue reading Queen of Kings: The Immortal Story of Cleopatra by Maria Dahvana Headley
This really feels like a reference index, like a dictionary, and probably would be better suited for print. Even so, it's fun for what it is. It's certainly one that anyone writing maritime adventures should have on hand. It's not just sea monsters in here. All manner of customs and superstitions are listed here from … Continue reading Superstitions of the Sea: A Digest of Beliefs, Customs, and Mystery by James G. Clary
These tales come to us straight from the High Middle Ages. They were pieced together in the 13th century from earlier oral fragments and translated from the Icelandic into English for the first time in 1888 by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris. This audiobook is that specific translation, along with a 45-minute introduction that explains it … Continue reading The Story of the Volsungs: The Volsunga Saga by Anonymous
Back in Crickhollow, Black Riders harass Fatty Bolger, who escapes and announces the invasion by blowing the horn of Buck. The Riders scatter, knowing that both Frodo and Ring are not there. At the Prancing Pony, Strider learns the hobbit rooms have been ransacked. All the horses are stolen, leaving no means to travel... except … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 1, Chapter 11: “A Knife in the Dark”