The song of Achilles

I seem to be reading a lot of myths, and myth inspired fiction, at the moment. Last it was Norse myths, and now I’m on to Greek myths, and the tale of Achilles and his role in The Trojan war. But Miller’s work is different from many others that I have read, because it is […]

Olympos

ISBN: 0575072628

I really loved Ilium when I read it in June so was looking forward to this, the sequel. And it kicks off right where we left the story in the first book. Unfortunately it just didn’t work as well. All through this book I was interested in what was going on, but never gripped, never fascinated or engaged by it. Merely hmm, that’s interesting.

That being said there are some great reasons for reading this book. Ilium is a great read, and this continues that story and brings it to conclusion. I quite liked the banter between the two morevacs. And there is a lot more explanation of who and what characters are, as well as where they came from, so you can know if you figured it all our correctly in Ilium. And the idea is a great one.

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Troy [based on book]

based on poem by Homer
So the Iliad up on the big screen. The most expensive film ever made. Bound to be rubbish right?
Well it isn’t great, but it is far from bad.

The films opens with a brief history lesson; with an outline of the political situation in the Ancient World, letting the audience know who is who, and where they all lie. We also get an introduction to the awesom fighting abilities of Achilles as he fights the champion of Thessaly and defeats him in an instant. (Maybe modern wars should also be decided by one on one challenges, save a lot of hassle). Read more about Troy [based on book]