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Thalia’s Musings by Amethyst Marie


Thalia’s Musings is narrated by Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, as she observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek pantheon. But when Thalia becomes more than an observer, the Fates take notice. Are Thalia’s powers limited to helping mortal playwrights hack out a comedy sketch, or can she create happy endings in real life, even for the gods? The Fates want to know.

In the first volume, A Snag in the Tapestry, Thalia and her eight sisters have been ordered by Zeus to leave their home on Mt. Helicon and move to Mt. Parnassus under the governorship of the god Apollo. When Thalia and Apollo raise a cursed nymph from the dead, Thalia starts to wonder if the Muses have greater powers than anyone realized. The Fates, threatened by this possibility, put her to a test. But Thalia cares less about the Fates’ games than the behind-the-scenes drama of the Olympian royal court. Why did Apollo kill the Cyclops, Zeus’ minion? Why did Zeus give Apollo such a light sentence? And with the Cyclops dead, who will resupply Zeus’ lightning bolts when they run out? Will Hera then make her move for Zeus’ throne, or will she be too busy torturing his latest paramour? And what will happen to the Muses when said paramour is one of them?

In the second volume, Snarled Threads, Thalia is given a new test: she must use her powers to bring about a happy ending for the goddess Athena and her beloved Artemis. But the Fates have decreed that Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, will never be compromised by Love. When a huntress accuses Artemis of impregnating her, Thalia fears this turn of events is the Fates’ judgment. Meanwhile, Thalia has her own problems as the young demigod Adonis captures the affections of both Aphrodite and Apollo.

In the third volume, Unraveled, it’s been two years since Thalia last heard from the Fates. She has a new mission from Athena: keep Beroe, daughter of Adonis and Aphrodite, alive. Poseidon wants to make Beroe his new queen and use her as leverage to gain a seat at Zeus’ court. Dionysus wants to marry Beroe and give her a life of hedonistic bliss in his forest. Beroe wants to battle for her own hand and join Artemis’ hunters. And Zeus wants Beroe out of the way because she holds the memories of the dead and claims she’s seen him kill Hera. All the more reason for Thalia to keep a secret she’s discovered: Hera’s in love. With the mortal King Ixion. And they may have been set up by Athena. Can Thalia save the people she cares about from becoming collateral damage in Athena’s revolution? Will the revolution succeed before everything comes unraveled?

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Listed: Jul 1, 2011


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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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A Greco-Roman sitcom

By G.S. Williams, author of No Man An Island

Aug 8, 2011: "Thalia’s Musings" are an amusing diversion. She’s the Muse of Comedy, and she and her sisters are the sources of creative inspiration in the world. Given her nature, Thalia enjoys practical jokes, sarcasm, witticisms, puns and general playfulness.

Here’s an excellent summary of who she is, in her own words: "Hera likes me because I’m the unofficial jester of the Olympian court, and she can always count on me to deliver pure, brazen snark to the other goddesses and gods." And that’s what her narrative style is—snark. Enjoyable, bubbly, tongue-in-cheek snark.

The serious god Apollo has been made supervisor of the Muses after some pranks, and so he prinicipally rains on Thalia’s parade, which is ironic given that he’s one of the sun gods. She gives him a hard time about his many lost loves, he thinks she should be more serious.

While reading this I find that I picture it as an ancient Greek sitcom—think the cast of Friends or Cougar Town lounging around in togas and laurels, poking fun at one another over everything and nothing. It’s enjoyable, without really needing much in the way of plot besides the next funny scrape Thalia gets herself into, much like I Love Lucy. It’s just fun to read, and doesn’t need to be more than that.

I like that the gods and goddesses are fairly modern in their perspective, while dealing with ancient mortals, instead of being "historically" in character—it adds a farcical fun element. The tone of this is what’s great about it, and it’s not meant to be taken too seriously.

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