2017 Reading Challenge - A Book based on mythology


Good Evening you wonderful bookworms :)
How are you all doing today? I hope you all are very fine!

So lets talk about todays book...s :)
For the category - A Book based on mythology

Chaos on Olympus Painting by Francisco Bayeu

The Fall of the Giants Painting by Guiliano Romano Sala dei Giganti, Palazzo del Te, Mantua


Not necessarily a category with many options especially if it needs to be only based on and also a category you wont find many "Grown ups" Books ;) Of cause you could always read something like The Odyssey or The Iliad but those are actually the mythology and not the piece based on...
So I found many many young adult and Children´s book - how about you?
So first I just thought what ever and chose

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
by Rick Riordan

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I actually attempted to read the whole series...did not make it at all - to many other books to read ;) haha. But I managed Part one and two - thats not too bad ^^


Again here are summaries from goodreads

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The Lightning Thief

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"Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods."
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The Sea of Monsters

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The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
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I think I´ll give them both an 8 out of 10
I find it a bit hard to rate these two books, don´t know exactly why tho.
I think I liked The Lightning Thieve a bit more that Part two, that maybe only because Part one is always better, but other than many other Part IIs its quite nice and great to read.
So maybe a 9 for Part 1 and an 7-8 for Part 2.



BUT...then

Yes then I discovered

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman

...yes I did and yes I decided to read it too...crazy as I am and because 52 books to read in one year is not enough....no...I read 3 book for one category...yay ^^

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and here again a quick summary from goodreads

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"A storm is coming...

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path."
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So I am reading this now either and I am loving it a lot so far ^^
Let me know if you´d like to read a review ;)


Now for those of you who already read Percy Jackson or who really do not want to read this series or American Gods
here are some alternatives...just some I´m afraid:

of cause you can always read Harry Potter
and also The Lord of the Rings since its sometimes hugely inspired by Northern Mythology
and you can read pretty much everything by Rick Riordan

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood*

In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope, wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy, is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumors, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and twelve of her maids.  In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged maids, asking: “What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?” In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the story-telling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality—and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman*

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

or read:
-The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
-Anansi Boys  by Neil Gaiman
- Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet


Which one is your choice?
Did you read The Percy Jackson series and what did you think?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

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