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#47-52 Goal met. :) Reaching for 70 now!


49. The Great God Pan by Donna Jo Napoli     Country: Ancient Greece

Expected better but mildly interesting…

I’ve read some of the author’s other retellings and was a bit disappointed with this one. We meet Pan, the half goat/half god who basically flits around the woods with other mythical creatures all day. It isn’t until he meets Iphigenia and falls in love with her that his life really seems to have a purpose. People with any background in Greek mythology know that Pan had a curse placed on him upon birth that he will never be loved in return. His quest to find Iphigenia again then seems a bit fruitless to the reader, but what we don’t realize is that he may be able to save her from her father’s mission to sacrifice her. This book needed more detail. I felt it was lacking in some other areas as well, as the plot meandered quite a bit. I did like how the author included a family tree at the beginning so we understood how everyone was related however. 2/5

50. Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren    Country: Ancient Greece

Good ideas, not the best execution…

We’ve heard the male version of the Trojan War for centuries. What about the women involved? How did Helen feel? What would it have been like to be Cassandra and have to watch your brothers head off into battle? The author takes you there. While personally I believe she could have included even more viewpoints of other women, and switched back and forth between Helen and Cassandra, the author opted to start with Helen’s life as a child and switch to Cassandra’s viewpoint after Helen arrives in Troy. While many would think this would make the book a bit unbalanced, it actually works quite well, as we see Cassandra’s feelings towards Helen greatly change over the many years Troy is under siege. Overall, a pretty enjoyable read. 3/5  


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