I should make a resolution of some kind to read more anthologies. It's the story of a chance meeting between two women on a train, which develops into something else. My favourites of the collection are: Sawdust by Edward Carey Modern Coyote by Shane Jones Drona's Death by Max Gladstone Lost Lake by Emma Straub and Peter Straub What Wants My Son by Kevin Wilson A Horse, a Vine by Johanna Skibsrud The Hungers of an Old Language by Brian Aldiss The White House by Sarah Blackman This started off quite promising but then there was a succession of some weird and downright awful stories. Many of the authors drew on Greco-Roman mythology, but there were also stories from other traditions. That aspect feels like the strongest tie these stories have to the myths of the gods and their often reactive, passionate actions. I have a strong interest in mythology, so this seemed like a great idea. I personally love the idea of a short story anthology.
In this case, spending a bit of time away from short story collection xo Orpheus was a good thing. Persephone interpreted twice as someone torn between two broken homes yawn , the downright mind numbing Belle-Medusa? Not necessarily a good one; not entirely a bad one, either, though. Description Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. At least I haven't read one since my undergrad days and the cumbersome Norton anthologies that entailed. The Hand i was not in love with this one, but i really liked what he has to say at the end, in the space where the authors get to talk about their inspiration or their stylistic decisions: Where i grew up, God and Satan were treated as real. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions.
We've become the gods in the myths. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. A sharp and funny story about love, transformation, and sisterhood, Girl Meets Boy is a must-read for Greek myth fans. The Lotus Eaters by Aurelie Sheehan is another one that I didn't finish. Bernheimer reignites the world of myth in her ingenious new anthology. The stories in this book may seem like new twists on old, classic myth stories but they are not.
So all the Greek deities live in a huge mansion, and up the street live all the Norse deities. Devourings by Aimee Bender, I had already read in her latest collection, and loved. There were reasons for this, but I wanted to hint at them more than I wanted to spell them right out. The only question is, when will what we create destroy us, just as we destroyed the gods of the past? This collection is a farewell to the old way of myth-making and a courageously wild declaration of a new beginning for the world's oldest form of storytelling. Well written, but I couldn't really care or get into it. Likewise, not all caught my eye.
After reading this, I really do recommend Neil Gaiman's oeuvre, as the great theme of all his work seems to be the nature of belief, and how ultimately we seem bounded by them in various ways in particular American Gods also Good Omens. Which was, like, ages ago, and I read it and wrote a review, and then fell off the face of the earth in a pit of depression, so um, sorry! One of my favorite ideas was that the Greek deities lived right across the street from the Roman deities, and some of them were basically identical twins Zeus and Jupiter, for example. In fact, my favorite story in the book was a retelling of an episode from the Mahābhārata. I loved the writing and atmosphere. Zachary Mason retells the myth of Narcissus.
The most amusing of these is a tale about an octopus who falls in love with the sun, which takes a turn for the surreal. I feel that the summary given here as well as the introduction promised something completely different than what was delivered, as many of the stories were only loosely based on myths or sometimes folklore and fairytales—maybe a few stories that didn't make it into Kate Bernheimer's previous compilation? Madame Liang, Lutz Bassmann In A Structure Simulating An Owl, Ander Monson good idea, beautiful language, but extremely difficult to read and pretentious as hell A Horse, A Vine, Johanna Skibsrud so tired of books and stories that shit all over the entire field of psychology! It, too, dealt in myth, albeit in a somewhat naive and juvenile fashion. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside chara Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. However, this is a fairly hefty anthology - about 576 pages. Edith Hamilton, the great classicist who made Greek mythology accessible, is officially put on notice by this explosive anthology. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet.
The same thing is beginning to happen with movies, and happened long ago with music and television. I guess that what I'm saying here is that I find Bernheimer's hypothesis to be fundamentally flawed. Mostly, the success of an anthology depends on the taste of the editor. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. If you like the sounds of Galatea, then you will love xo Orpheus, a collection of 50 myths retold, retooled, and rewritten by authors like Elizabeth McCracken, Aimee Bender, Emma Straub, and more.
Both books ultimately are about the nature of the imagination, and man's relation to it. I think this collection could have used better curation from Bernheimer to be shorter and better. Dark Resort by Heidi Julavits was one I liked a lot. He posited that the mind is evolving, that evolution has quite literally gone mental. We now know what controls things, unlike our ancestors, so we don't need myths. The bottom line is that there are two, maybe even three, different story collections all stuffed into this one, and it shows.
Crikey, I haven't even gotten to the meat of your post and just keeping talking about myth books I love, but while we're here. In some forest, on a chariot, burning the world or fallen angels, stealing godliness, forgotten pets and absentee fathers, a not-so-simple Irish stew. How far had we fallen? Demeter by Maile Meloy is the urban retelling of Demeter's sufferings, a mother who's loses her daughter come every winter. Many of the stories are absolute works of art, blending literal symbolism and abstract ideas in the best way. Each story encourages the reader to read the next, and I was devouring them. If you just can't get enough of like these, don't worry, there are plenty more novels out there that fit the bill. And unlike Anthropogenesis, it didn't stand as a metaphor or was trying to make a point.
I'm suddenly less convinced, which only serves to make my argument -- that we have by no means outgrown myth-making -- the stronger. They may be new from the ones you are familar with but the stories are more true to the original stories. Nigel Frith's Asgard is one that's been staring at me lately. In some forest, on a chariot, burning the world or fallen angels, stealing godl thank you, penguin group! There were five of those in this book, which is a tenth of the total book. Some are ordinary life mishaps and happenings that draw parallel from old folktales; some are direct takes on the myths in contemporary life with all the weirdness and magic incorporated; still others are jumble of all things new and old, magic and not, wherein it seems the authors themselves get hopelessly lost while telling the stories. Here, in beguiling guise, are your favorite mythological figures alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions.