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Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

Looking for good novels based on or inspired by Greek mythology.

 

Just starting Dan Simmon's Illium, but does anyone have any other suggestions?

 

 

Ilium

  

 

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

If you're not averse to young adult novels, you might like to try Neo's War by Ken Catran.  I know I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Though, as it's quite old now (1995), you might only be able to get it at a library (and even then, depending on where you are in the world, it might not be possible), but a GREAT story, and has a feeling of being very historically accurate but still a fantasy.

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)  

 

It's for children but is still a good read

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology


DJ327 wrote:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)  

 

It's for children but is still a good read


Been there, done that, loved 'em all. Just looking for something with a little more weight and depth to it. As good as the books are, they are decidely juvenile in that regard.

 

Any ideas for adult titles, anyone?

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

WebMage (WebMage Series #1)  

 

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The protagonist of Kelly McCullough's debut novel, WebMage -- a blend of Greek mythology, contemporary fantasy, and cyberpunk -- is equal parts sorcerer and hacker extraordinaire (Harry Potter meets Neo from The Matrix). Prince Ravirn is the grandson of Lachesis, one of the Fates: the three immortal crones who spin, measure, and eventually cut every person's life thread. While disguised as a goth computer geek named Ravi Latcher and majoring in classics and computer science at the University of Minnesota, Ravirn is learning all he can about network security to aid the Fates, who have upgraded their magical craft to the digital world. But after supposedly checking his great-aunt Atropos's security for flaws, Ravirn uncovers a nefarious plot to eliminate chance and free choice forever. With the help of a sarcastic webgoblin named Melchior and his distant -- and beautiful -- cousin Cerice, Ravirn must find a way to save the world from a terrible fate 

McCullough's WebMage is a solid first novel; and with a shocker of a conclusion that turns Ravirn's entire existence upside down and sets the stage for a plethora of story lines, it will have new fans of Kelly McCullough clamoring to see many more sequels. Paul Goat Allen

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

The Bull from the Sea 

 

The Bull from the Seareconstructs the legend of Theseus, the valiant youth who slew the Minotaur, became king, and brought prosperity to Attica. Chief among his heroic exploits is the seduction of Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, who irrevocably brought about both his greatest joy and his tragic destiny. 

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The story of the hero Theseus, king of Athens, beginning with his triumphant return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur. 

 

* Comment:  Reader beware!  For the entire Mary Renault group of books...you usually will either love them or hate them.     

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

It's kind of a girl book but I loved "Gods Behaving Badly" about if they gods were living semi-mortal lives today. Also the "Age of Zeus," which has more action in it.

Gods Behaving Badly 

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

There was a thread a while ago in the nookBook discussion forum about mythology-inspired fiction...

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Book-Discussion/recommendations-for-mythology-inspired-f...

 

Not specifically Greek, but you might find some suggestions there.

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis is an interesting take on Psyche and Eros. 

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

There's The Dark-Hunters Series, a very good series base on New Orleans and The Warriors of Poseidon, that live in Atlantis the lost continent under the sea both series are wonderful a great read and look into Greek mythology plus a great interaction between gods and humans in modern times and for YA reading there's Percy Jackson and Olympiams, a very good read.

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

   Rick Riordan does great work with Greek mythology, there is the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. They are meant for teenage readers but they still are great books with a good story. He's also written The Lost Hero, which is the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series and is also very good. Then there is the Kane Chronicles which is basically the same concept as the Heroes of Olympus but with Egyptian mythology. Overall he's a very good writer, he is a little repetitive, but he gets all his facts right and all his books are exciting, fun, and easy to get into.

   But I would say that the best Greek mythology books (well, epic poems anyway) would have to be The Iliad and The Odyssey. I guess you couldn't really say that they're "based" off of Greek mythology, because they are a lot more direct. But it's amazing writing, tons of great stories, and two wonderful full works of art. You're kept on your toes the entire time, they're exciting and fun to read, and I would recommend them to anyone. Definitely must reads.

 

 

 

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

By; Twelve:  But I would say that the best Greek mythology books (well, epic poems anyway) would have to be The Iliad and The Odyssey.

 

You are correct. Those are the founder fathers for all our great read right now. 

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Re: Suggest a book based on Greek mythology

Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn, a contemporary fantasy, has a strong Greek mythology theme while blending in elements from other myths and legends.  The hero designed the Trojan Horse for Odysseus and persuaded the Trojans to bring it into the city.  After the war, Apollo captured him and held him enslaved for millennia.  He goes free when Zeus killed most of the gods, but a chain Apollo placed around his neck prevents him from dying. He's now roaming the world in search of a way to remove it.

 

The heroine comes home to see her dying father and learns he's the keeper of ancient secrets.  Hera survived the massacre of the gods, and she wants something Evie's father is keeping.  Too bad it can be released only to its rightful owner, which she's not.