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THALIA'S MUSINGS

Thalia would approve

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Aug 10, 2011: When I was a teen, I went through an ancient Greek mythology phase. This would have been a major geekfest for me then, and even now I really appreciate seeing the Greek gods getting some love, when the current vogue tends to run to Celtic or East European mythology.

It’s a very rich vein! and I can assure readers, although the tone of these tales is light and playful, as befits their narrator, the author really knows her Greek mythology. She does a beautiful job of taking its nasty aspects and inconsistencies, and making it all not only make sense, but funny. Check out her retelling of the episode between Athena and Hephaestos that resulted in the founding of the city of Athens.

The gods are casually cruel to mortals, and spiteful toward each other, and even the light-hearted Thalia has to tread carefully sometimes. This doesn’t prevent her from pushing her ability to play tricks and ham it up for a laugh as far as she can. As a former Greek mythology fangirl, I will note that the one false note the author’s characterizations of the Pantheon crowd sounds for me is with Athena – I feel Amethyst is making her too girly, whereas I think of the goddess of wisdom as tough, no-nonsense, and relatively dignified.

A great light but erudite read: the Greek gods as you’ve never seen them before.

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