The Philosopher Kings

Thessaly ; book 2 From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another. Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in […]

The Monstrous Child

A stunning, operatic, epic drama, like no other. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager – and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is […]

The Just City

ARC received via the publishers & netgalley. Apollo just cannot understand why Daphne chose to turn into a tree. It simply doesn’t make sense to him. The game is that nymphs run, Apollo chases. And Apollo catches. He cannot comprehend why this nymph is so different, why would she rather be turned into a tree […]

Obsidian and Blood

Obsidian and Blood

The Acatl stories : Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, and Master of the House of Darts. Recieved free from Netgalley. Acatl, our narrator, is an Aztec priest. High priest to Mictlantecuhtli, the Mexica god of death and the underworld. He who welcomes us all in the end. Acatl never particularly wanted to […]

Ragnarok : the end of the gods

Quotes I liked ; Pinterest There was once a girl, an evacuee during the blitz, who read a lot. Myths, legends, religious books. And her favourite was the Norse tales. She read and reread them; they spoke to something in her. Because, lets face it, Norse mythology is awesome! Not that I’d want to know […]

Pegasus and the flame

Mythology and Reality collide! So the blurb on the back of this book tell me. The mythical winged stallion Pegasus crash lands on a rooftop in modern day New York, fleeing a battle which has destroyed much of Olympus. Emily, a teenager living on the top floor of that building hide him, bringing him food […]

The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

by Philip Pullman

The back of the edition of this that I read has only the words: This is a story. Interesting. Is that because the publisher’s don’t want to offend the ultra religious in the Christian world. Or is it a message from the author that the life of Jesus is a story. That the bible is a story.

Pullman, of course, is known for his ever so slightly controversial views on religion, he has used them in his fiction before. In that case it involved a worn-out god, and power-hungry angels. Here he revisits the myth:”(is a myth a religion we dont believe in?)”: of Jesus Christ and weaves a new story out of it.