Monday, December 3, 2012

Listless Monday: Mythology

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature. Be sure to check out their lists!

So I suppose we have Rick Riordan to thank for this trend, but I've noticed a lot more mythology from Greek, Roman, Norse and other countries popping up in books. Especially the premise that the main character is the son/daughter of a god/goddess. I've enjoyed a number of these books and so here's a smattering of some that I've heard of:

Mythological Retellings

Abandon by Meg Cabot (Persephone)
All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry (Orpheus & Eurydice)
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (Greek)
The Chaos of Stars by Kirsten White (Egyptian)
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton (Medusa)
Doomed by Tracy Deebs (Pandora)
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Persephone)
Furious by Jill Wolfson (Greek)
Fury by Elizabeth Miles (Greek)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Persephone)
Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney (Greek)
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Roman/Greek)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Norse)
The Jaguar Stones series by J & P Voelkel (Mayan)
Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (Egyptian)
Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr (Norse)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (Norse)
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Greek)
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer (Norse)
Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Greek)
Starling by Lesley Livingston (Norse)
Sweet Venom by Tera Lyn Childs (Greek)
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson (Norse)

Any additions?

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  1. Ursula K Le Guin's Lavinia is a little older, but interesting retelling of mythology. One of my absolute favorite books of the year was Song of Achilles that retold The Iliad.

  2. Ooh, haven't heard of either of these! I'll add them to the list, thanks.


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