Author: Tracy Barrett
Genre: Short stories/Mythology
Paperback 114 pages, Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on August 1st 2016
The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a funny, adventure-filled collection of wonderfully weird “new” Greek myths. This unforgettable collection spins tales of love and loss, hilariously vain superheroes, ancient robots, untrappable giant foxes, men reborn after being torn apart by dragons, and even the world’s first monkeys. A few of these tales may seem familiar at first, but be prepared for the unexpected. Others are wonderfully strange and puzzling. All of them are entertaining. All of them deserve to be better known.
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
“You’re in the middle of a dark wood, not sure how you got there or even exactly where you are.” – first sentence of the prologue.
Before you’re going to read this review, I have to say this:
Thanks, Fadwa! Why? You ask. Well, because we did a double read! However, due to circumstances, we decided to post this review separately and mention each other in the review 🙂 So, after supporting each other and keeping in touch of course, we finished the book within about two days! *claps for self and Fadwa*
Okay, here we go!
First things first, this is probably going to be a short review. Why? Well, this book is more like an anthology of unfamiliar (‘new’) myths, than an actual novel. (If you read the blurb at the start, you’ll already know that). So there’s no actual need for discussion setting, characters or development and so on. This is because the myths are what is left from an ancient civilisation and so I’m not going to be the one to judge about all those things (not that there is a lot to judge about because, lets face it, Greek myths are just awesome in their weirdness).
I didn’t know any of these myths beforehand, so in that way the book was really successful. The myths that were told were awesome (as always), weird (like most) and absolutely genius. Did I have a favourite? No, not really. I enjoyed reading them all and had a good time reading this book.
There is one small thing that I want to point out though. Between the myths there is a tale about Orpheus (you know him right? If not, it’ll be explained in the books). Since Orpheus is the narrator, the myths are all written to form one great whole, including some pieces where Orpheus is speaking about himself. Those parts were my least favourite parts, only because of the fact that (after reading three times) Orpheus keeps telling how he misses Eurydice and how he wishes she will forgive him. I understand that he longs to be reunited with her, but reading it all over again didn’t make me feel any better.
The writing was well done. Since Orpheus himself is the narrator, there is a different view on the myths. There is not the ‘looking back’ point of view that you get when you usually read the myths, the narrator is from that time period. Yes, not all Greeks believed these myths and of those myths even got mixed up, but to him it’s just normal.
Overall, I did like this book. The fact that I didn’t know any of these myths really made it more interesting for me to read. Ignoring that what I didn’t like, it was a good read. I also really liked the additional information in the introduction and the end, that might be because I’m really into the language stuff, but I liked it nonetheless. I give this book 3.5 stars 🙂