The Song of Orpheus
The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard
by Tracy Barrett
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2016 | Archive Date 07 Aug 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.
Retold by author and scholar Tracy Barrett (The Sherlock Files, Anna of Byzantium, The Stepsister’s Tale) with accuracy, suspense, and humor, using authoritative translations into English of ancient source material, the myths in The Song of Orpheus will make readers, and especially fans of the Heroes of Olympus series, laugh, gasp, and geek out.
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I enjoyed reading this. The author wrote an interesting book and tied the stories together with another myth. I liked that the myths were more unusual and that Orpheus is telling the stories. I enjoyed reading this and look forward to more from the author.
What a wonderful little book. I love Greek myths and infact I'll be studying them this year at university. So when I saw The Song of Orpheus I thought well why not give it a try. This book isn't a collection of any old Greek myths. It's mostly aimed at children I think but I found it amusing and sentimental enough to be enjoyed by adults as well. The great thing about it is that it has a lot of myths that even I hadn't heard! Some familiar characters with a new spin and also some stories which weren't exactly myths at all but more about what the Greeks actually believed. Of the 17 stories in this little collection I recognised probably 2 of them, my particular favourites were the story of Kefali for whom Kefalonia is named for and the story of Dionysus (there were two of these). It was really interesting to look at the different myths and how no two stories about the same person or God was quite the same. This book is a little treat and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Greek myths or in particular wants to teach their children about them in a really fun and enjoyable way!
Greek history and mythology is one of my favorite fields not only to study, but also to explore in my free-time. This is the main reason I wanted to read this book, and the promise of ""new" Greek myths". It didn't disappoint at all. This book contains 17 myths and stories of ancient Greece, written in a way that will grab the attention and the heart of its readers, no matter the age. There a few myths that I never really heard of or read about and the curiosity of knowing more just made me unable to up it down. Even the stories that everyone is familiar with are written in a different way. Stories are presented beautifully. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is bored of reading the same old tales of Greek mythology and is in need of a twist.
The Song of Orpheus is a fun take on Greek mythology, which is going to appeal to everyone who loves Greek myths, as well as readers who just start their adventures with them! The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a collection of 17 stories, less known Greek myths. They're told in a very interesting way, by Orpheus himself and I absolutely loved how the narration draws the reader in and seems interactive, in a way. I believe that it will be a very engaging read for readers of all ages and it's great that the author decided to focus on less known tales. To those who know a bit about Greek myths, some of the characters will already be familiar, but the stories are (at least in my case) completely fresh and new. The writing was very smooth, witty and appealing. The main themes of the myths alternate, so it always kept my interest. Apart from the stories, there were also some additional pieces of information, basic facts about Greek myths and spelling/pronunciation, so apart from being highly entertaining, the book has also educational values and is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about this mythology. In a way the story is told and the author presents us pieces of information, it reminded me of not only Percy Jackson and the Olympians but also of the Horrible Histories series, which I loved as a kid. All in all, I would recommend The Song of Orpheus to everyone. The stories are truly interesting and told in a fun way, and can very well be treated as an introduction to the mythology but will also appeal to people who already have some knowledge of Greek myths. Overall, it's a quick and very entertaining read!