Monthly Archives: November 2011

Mythology = Awesome… Most of the Time

I admit it; I have a weakness for mythology used in books. The minute I hear of one I get butterflies in my stomach and I run out to get it as quickly as I can. It doesn’t matter what the nationality or religious denomination it is, I must read it. Greek, Mayan, Christian; I love it all. The mythology that is. I eagerly read all the books like that I come across and some are good, some are great, and some are… not so good. One of the first that I read that I really, really loved was the Dark Hunter series from Sherrilyn Kenyon. I thought the author took the mythology and put her own spin on it without deviating too far from the original stories. What else really worked was how she started with one set of mythology, Greek and this case, and the slowly, at first, worked in other sets so that it seemed organic instead of just throwing it all in together and hoping people buy it. Other books have thrilled me; the Nightwalker series by Jessica Andersen, the Olympian series and Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. Others were oddly disappointing and will not be named here as that wouldn’t be fair to the authors and their fans (books are sooooo subjective).

Anyway, the reason I’ve been thinking of myth based books lately is because I seem to be reading a lot of them lately. The most resent being A Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep. I love, love, loved this book. Although in this case, I’m not sure it was because of the mythology. Although the world is the focus of the stories, the myth aspect doesn’t take front stage. The main character is new to the world of Valkyries, Spartans, and other ancient based warriors and is learning more as she goes along but, at first, she doesn’t pay much attention to the legend, etc that the world is based on because to her they are just still stories. Even by the end of the book she is still learning and the background mythology is still incomplete. I think this is a good thing because this is one of those stories where the author has thrown a bunch of groups of myths together hoping they mesh. And I think it’s going to work. Like I said, I really liked the first book of this series and I’m waiting impatiently for the next one. The real strength of this book, in my mind, is the characters. The main character is funny, sarcastic and reminds me a little of myself. As I’m not used to relating to main characters, this is novel for me when it does happen. The actual plot was simple but hinted at more so it was good lead in. I have high hopes for the next book.

So yeah. Good book.

What I’m reading now: Heart Search by Robin D. Owens, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy, and Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick.

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