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Non-Linda Books of the Month > July '18 Everything Else BOTM - Circe

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message 1: by Tanvi, Moderator-in-Training ;) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tanvi (trwriteratwork) | 1121 comments Mod
From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.

When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.

Circe is the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, a beautiful naiad. Yet from the moment of her birth, she is an outsider in her father’s halls, where the laughter of gossiping gods resounds. Named after a hawk for her yellow eyes and strange voice, she is mocked by her siblings – until her beloved brother Aeëtes is born.

Yet after her sister Pasiphae marries King Midas of Crete, Aeëtes is whisked away to rule his own island. More isolated than ever, Circe, who has never been divine enough for her family, becomes increasingly drawn to mortals – and when she meets Glaucus, a handsome young fisherman, she is captivated. Yet gods mingle with humans, and meddle with fate, at their peril.

In Circe, Madeline Miller breathes life once more into the ancient world, with the story of an outcast who overcomes scorn and banishment to transform herself into a formidable witch. Unfolding on Circe’s wild, abundant island of Aiaia, where the hillsides are aromatic with herbs, this is a magical, intoxicating epic of family rivalry, power struggles, love and loss – and a celebration of female strength in a man’s world.


message 2: by Eve (last edited Jun 29, 2018 03:27AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Eve (everf) | 816 comments Yay, I got this book from the library, so plan to start next week.


message 3: by Tanvi, Moderator-in-Training ;) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tanvi (trwriteratwork) | 1121 comments Mod
Eve wrote: "Yay, I got this book from the library, so plan to start next week."

That's great, Eve, I'm really looking forward to reading Circe! :)


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Eve (everf) | 816 comments I just finished CIRCE and I'm sorry to say it but I was quite dissapointed in it. The writing is lyrical, but I wish there were more things happening and it weren't so dragging.
I usually don't read mythology, so perhaps I'm not used to this kind of writing style.
I hope you like it better Tanvi ;)


message 5: by Tanvi, Moderator-in-Training ;) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tanvi (trwriteratwork) | 1121 comments Mod
Eve wrote: "I just finished CIRCE and I'm sorry to say it but I was quite dissapointed in it. The writing is lyrical, but I wish there were more things happening and it weren't so dragging.
I usually don't re..."


Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, Eve. I read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller back in April and I adored it. I've heard similar things about Circe as well. I hope to get to it next week.


message 6: by Eve (new) - rated it 2 stars

Eve (everf) | 816 comments No problem. Never been fan of mythologies, so perhaps of that it didn't speak to me. I hope you like it better Tanvi :)


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Tanvi (trwriteratwork) | 1121 comments Mod
About 25-30% into Circe - having a hard time getting into this one, I have to say it's not as amazing as I was expecting (so far) after having read The Song of Achilles - that book was beautiful and heartbreaking and so engaging!


message 8: by Eve (last edited Aug 08, 2018 06:39AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Eve (everf) | 816 comments Oh, sorry to hear it Tanvi. Its quite surprising how some authors write one brilliant book and then sinker. But perhaps it gets better?

Sometimes when book don't capture me but I like e.g the theme, characters, feel of the book, then I try to read on, skimming, fast-reading, and see if something starts to happen, if it gets interesting. Sometimes its good thing that I gave a chance for the book because second half is great and I end up enjoying book after all, but sometimes its just waste of time.


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Tanvi (trwriteratwork) | 1121 comments Mod
I finished Circe sometime last week, haven't reviewed this one yet either.
It wasn't what I was expecting, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I loved The Song of Achilles. I'm not very familiar with Greek mythology or the Titans and the Olympians so I felt lost a lot and it was too slow at times. Maybe I need to read it again in some time to fully enjoy it.


message 10: by Tanvi, Moderator-in-Training ;) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tanvi (trwriteratwork) | 1121 comments Mod
Finally wrote my review for Circe:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

I didn't realize I was that disappointed.


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