Mythos: The Illustrated Edition

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Pub Date Sep 03 2024 | Archive Date Sep 02 2024

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Stephen Fry’s beloved retelling of the Greek myths, now presented in a deluxe edition with stunning original illustrations.

Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of these timeless tales, from the majestic heights of Mount Olympus to the eerie depths of the Underworld and from Eros and Psyche’s against-all-odds romance to Prometheus’s gift of fire to mankind. Fry draws out the humor and pathos in each story and reveals its deep resonance with our own lives without losing any of its original wonder. Featuring vibrant artwork throughout, this collectible volume comes complete with a textured cover and dyed page edges. Explore the captivating world of monsters and gods, of magic and mayhem, with a brilliant storyteller as your guide.

Stephen Fry’s beloved retelling of the Greek myths, now presented in a deluxe edition with stunning original illustrations.

Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of these timeless tales...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781797231600
PRICE $45.00 (USD)
PAGES 512

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I love this series by Stephen fry! And you add these beautiful illustrations! Honestly I just want him to do more in this series.... thankyou for the chance to look at this!

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<b>This review refers to the edition illustrated by Jesús Sotés.</b>

Witty and intelligent and highly readable. Fry spends a good amount of time with the primordial deities, imbuing them with more personality than most authors bother with, and gives some of the less common variations on the more well-known myths.

Jesús Sotés's illustrations are lush and vibrant, but I don't believe they're quite right for this book's humorous tone. I think that Sotés's (truly beautiful) work would be perfect for a lavish children's collection of myths.

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Stephen Fry does a great job making Greek mythology accessible and easy to follow. Mythos follows the primordial gods, Titans, Olympians, and a smattering of humans who interacted with gods and tells their stories with humor and style. The illustrations were a beautiful addition to the stories and I absolutely loved the color scheme throughout.

Highly highly recommend to fans of mythology, particularly those wanting a great overview of Greek tales.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review

I love Greek Mythology and this is an interesting book with beautiful illustrations that I would certainly want inin my library shelf

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This book is a delightful exploration for lovers of Greek mythology, blending fascinating tales with visually stunning artwork. Stephen Fry expertly makes Greek mythology captivating and simple to comprehend and the overall reading journey is fantastic. Would love to have this edition on my bookshelf!

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This book is STUNNING! The writing, the illustrations... it's magical! Mythos: The Illustrated Story by Stephen Fry is such a fantastic way to kindle interest in classic mythology.
If you love mythology or are just trying it out for the first time, this book is a great option. Traditional mythology with a modern approach and fantastic art. Not to mention, Stephen Fry's storytelling skills take this book to the next level.

I have Mythos in e-book format and in print, and I would suggest grabbing this book in print form to fully appreciate the illustrations, but both are great!

Thank you #NetGalley, Chronicle Books and author Stephen Fry for access to the e-book format of this lovely book in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED it and bought the printed copy so my kids could enjoy it too.

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Lovely illustrations add to the story. The layout was nice, I just wish there were more illustrations.

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Stephen Fry retells Greek myths. That's all you need to know. Go buy it.

But seriously, if you haven't yet discovered Fry's modern-language tellings of these classic stories, you're in for a treat. He's honored all of the symbolism and complexity of the originals, but updated them to feel immediate, present, and in your face. And don't worry, there's no "LOLs" or "#galpals" sorts of language here. When I say modern-language, I mean that they read fluidly and naturally.

This edition is updated with beautiful art that renders characters and scenes in flat, stylized imagery reminiscent of designs from Greek pottery of the time. That's clearly intentional, and it's a clever choice. While there are a few images where I personally would have liked a bit more detail, that's just preference, and I can't find fault with the artist's execution. In other words, the addition of the art to an already great book just makes it even more compelling.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this eARC for unbiased review. This review will be cross-posted to my social media accounts closer to the book release date.

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I have this series on audiobook (we ❤️ Stephen Fry in our family) and when I saw this illustrated edition on NetGalley, I immediately knew that this was one I wanted to see.

The absolutely beautiful, vividly lush illustrations add much to an already amazing and beloved book.

A recommendation for fans of Fry’s, Greek mythology, or gorgeous books that are also wonderfully fun (and funny) to read.



Thank you to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for the PDF

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This is the ideal book to pick up if you’re looking for a more in depth look into Greek mythology. Despite the presence of some heavy themes, the author manages to set a lighthearted mood and comfortable pace through his account of the events.

Personally, I had a difficult time getting through the second third of the book, because I couldn’t find interest in many of the stories being told. The illustrations are well placed and have such beautiful colors. It’s an enjoyable read, even though it could’ve been a shorter one.

Many thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This review and many others can be viewed on my Goodreads page at the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/80102102-ana

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I loved this. I absolutely love mythology, and having a book of all the myths and deities was amazing. The art was beautiful and I love Fry's writing for these myths.

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I have read Mythos by Stephen Fry before and LOVE how entertaining and witty Fry's writing is. I was extremely excited to reread Mythos, especially with the new art. This book format reminded me of the illustrated version of the Harry Potter books. While the book retells the ancient myths we all know, Fry’s witty additions made it enjoyable and helped me fly through it. It made it very easy to find all of the myths I know and love, and for those I don’t love as much, I made them engaging so I wouldn’t get distracted and put the book down. Did I go back after reading the book to look at the pictures? Of course. Was I reading this to partially prepare to gain some background knowledge of the myths so I could reread and watch the Percy Jackson series? Absolutely. And guess what… I am prepared.

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The illustrations were a gorgeous addition to Stephen Fry's already great retelling of myths. My biggest complaint is that I do believe this will be better viewed in a physical copy as the ebook doesn't have the same feel. Really enjoyed.

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Having read the unillustrated version of the book, I was excited to receive an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. The illustrations are lovely and add a new dimension to the book. I hope to see the illustrated version of Heroes as well.

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A beautiful new edition to the original. I loved the new drawings and Stephen's writing style. Fun and informative at the same time. He's an automatic buy author for me.

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I absolutely loved the stories and the illustrations in this book. I am a big lover of mythology stories and will be adding a physical copy of this book to my collection.

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Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, Stephen Fry, and the illustrator for early access to this beautiful book in exchange for an honest review.

The illustrations are gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. Bright greens, yellows, true reds, and deep blues ornament nearly every other page with depictions of the Theoi (the Greek Gods). I was the most fond of the depictions of Apollo, and especially the one of his slaying of the Python, one of my most favorite myths since childhood.

Fry's sense of humor comes to the front in most of the tellings, I imagine this would be quite a fun one to read outloud or have as an audiobook.

This is an automatic buy for me once its out; it's going on my shelf alongside the Homeric and Orphic hymns, the works of Sappho, and Walter Burkert's Greek Religion. I personally cannot wait for this.

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This is an absolutely stunning edition of Stephen Fry's Mythology stories. This edition really brings it to life!

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I absolutely love how the author went about telling Greek mythology stories in a way that was fun and easy to read and understand. The stories were told in a timeline that was easy to follow and entertaining. I enjoyed the artwork that accompanied some of the stories. The art was relevant and showed a snapshot of a part of the story. I also liked the author added additional information at the end of the book. It was interesting to get some perspective and background information on the sources the author used as well as get additional information about the myths from the story. Just FYI, I received this as an ARC and this is my honest review of the book.

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Mythos: The Illustrated Edition by Stephen Fry is a perfect book to add to your collection. I have loved each and every book by Fry and this beautifully illustrated edition to the series is no different. Fantastically done!

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Already fell in love with Greek mythology when I first stumbled upon the original copy, but now the illustrations just further bring these myths to life.

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I flipped through this book on my iPad while listening to Fry narrate the audio version--best reading experience ever! I will be purchasing the hard cover as soon as possible.

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I wasn't sure I'd like the illustrations because of the limited colors but it's truly stunning. It's the kind of book you could pick up and page through every day to pick your new favorite picture.
Of course, the reason I asked for this was because I've heard so much about the stories. Greek mythology is such a detailed subject, with thousands of details in stories that have made it into every area of popular culture. And it was just as good as I've heard, with fantastic retellings of all these stories.
I would recommend this book for libraries,as a gift, and for everyone who loves books and culture. It's a real treasure. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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Stunning, detailed, witty and comprehensive. With the illustrations this would make a great gift sure to captivate any reader!

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Thank you to Chronicle Books for providing this book for review consideration via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Mythos is a book that I will never hesitate to recommend. Stephen Fry's prose is enough to make even the most skeptical reader of mythology fall deeply in love with its flawed—and, ironically, very human—characters. While I've always enjoyed the stories of Greek mythology, the wittiness of Fry's writing is candid and so engaging that I believe it is the best account of the Greek myths that I have read. The illustrations by Jesús Sotés only add to the stories, complementing the writing with truly divine scenes, transcending the mortal realm and reminding the reader of the astonishing fact that these stories have been passed down for hundreds of generations.

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**Thank you for the ARC!! All opinions are completely my own.** 4 stars. Incredible illustrations. Clear and easy to follow prose.

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Reading this book was such a good experience. I was familiarized with most of the myths and revisiting them with the gorgeous illustrations was amazing. Although the selection of a few myths weren’t to my liking, this was a fun book to read. If you’re looking for a collection of Greek myths and want to slowly dive into mythology, this might be for you. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of the book.

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Pros: I listened to the non-illustrated version of this book several years ago and thought it was fantastic storytelling. The illustrations in this version add so much to the retellings of the myths and, to borrow a phrase from a younger generation, fit the "vibes" of the myths. I think this would be a fantastic book to give as a gift.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the opportunity to read this book.

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Stephen Fry does an amazing job putting his creativity and wit into his retellings of Greek mythology. I’ve always been really into Greek mythology but have been intimidated with the amount of stories that are out there. Fry perfectly organizes them in timeline order and gives the snippets that are most entertaining with a funny twist on them, making them easy to read and memorable. It was also so interesting to read about how a lot of these stories lead to certain terms and beliefs that we still hold today. The illustrations were also beautiful and fit in well with their respective stories Can’t wait to read more by Fry!

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I own the audiobook version of this book voiced by the one and only Stephen Fry, and I was pumped to see an illustrated written version! This is an incredible book, an extreme feat to put together, but this book adds illustrations and makes the Greek myths accessible to young people. I would buy this book for all the kids in my life. Note this doesn’t distill the stories down — it includes all the text from the full book and adds the illustrations. Truly it’s best bang for the buck for the whole family to enjoy.

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