• Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
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    Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (Review)

    Lavinia is the only daughter of King Latinus and Queen Amata. The latter, made unstable by the grief of losing two sons, strongly wishes for her to marry her own sister’s boy, King Turnus. But the oracle has prophesised that Lavinia is to marry a foreigner (who ends up being Aeneas, the Trojan prince) soon making his way to their shores, and that their descendants would found a great empire. Thanks to Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia, barely mentioned in Vergil’s Aeneid, can finally tell her story.  “I am not the feminine voice you may have expected. Resentment is not what…

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    Circe – Madeline Miller (Review)

    “When I was born, the word for what I was did not exist.” Thus we are introduced to yellow-eyed Circe, daughter of the Titan of the Sun, Helios and the nymph Perse, named for her similarity to a hawk. From the beginning, this first born is different and never made to forget her seeming lack of any sort of useful skill as compared to the siblings that follow – Pasiphae, Perses, and Aeetes. Until she discovers the hidden powers flowing through her veins and makes a terrible choice that gets her permanently exiled to the island of Aiaia in the…

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    The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (book review)

    This is what I wrote on my book Instagram in early February 2017, a few minutes after finishing Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles –  “Usually, before I start reading a book, I will do a bit of research about it online. For this one, however, I didn’t. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because Therese (@dreamsinslowmo) had recommended it so wholeheartedly. Maybe it’s because I thought I already knew what it was about. About Achilles and the Trojan war. And it was about that. But it was also so much more. I’ve just turned the last page and I’m…

  • Superman On The Couch
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    Superman On The Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves And Our Society (Danny Fingeroth).

    I’m the first to admit that I love superheroes. But I’m also the first to give the disclaimer of being a relative beginner when it comes to calling myself a comic book fan. In the intertextual, modern world of today, we face interesting dilemmas where many of the newer fans of the genre have their introduction (and hence subsequent knowledge, and much of the exposure) from the screen or TV versions of their superheroes. My personal introduction was via comic books as a kid but much of my later relationship with the field has been through the screen mediums. So…

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