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    Greek Mythology recommendations

    Greek Mythology recommendations

    With the sophomore honor classes finishing up The Odyssey by Homer and starting their finals, I feel like a good genre to talk about would be Greek Mythology. Whether it’s about the gods smiting people or drama among themselves I don’t really think you could go wrong with a good-written Greek Mythology book!

    One of the books I wanted to talk about was Circe by Madeline Miller. This book takes us through the eyes of Circe, Helio’s daughter, and as we watch her grow up and the trials she has to go through regarding other gods, the lives of mortals, and her exile. Even though it has yet to be made into a movie I think it would be a great adaptation, and do well in a movie similar to Hercules. Circe is a really interesting character and I hope some more light would be shed on her and her backstory regarding books written on Circe. 

    The next book I would like to talk about is Lore by Alexandra Bracken. Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality. It was honestly one of my favorite books for a while, and the lack of a sequel killed me. 

    Moving onto reviews, the first one I’ll be looking at is from Simone Vanheijst. You can find the review I’ll be covering on her blog. Simone said that she really liked the way the book was paced, the setting of the book, the fighting elements, and the genre of the book. The book’s genre was Young Adult Fantasy or YA. I agree that the book was fast-paced, that was what had originally kept me wanting to keep reading it. I also think you really can’t go wrong with a fantasy book. Books like that have things for everyone whether it’s medieval times, dragons, elves, or magic. 

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    I asked some kids from The Honnor’s English class if they liked reading The Oddessy and if they like the genre of Mythology in general. The first person I asked was Maci Cornish, she said “I enjoyed it. I like Greek mythology significantly. I like learning about the past and talking about the gods and goddesses.” The next person I asked was Maira Richey she said “I really like Greek mythology and all the different stories, so reading The Odyssey was really enjoyable.”

    If you are looking for books to read similar to Lore, The Odyssey, and Circe. You should check out the story of Cupid and Psyche Psyche is so beautiful that the jealous goddess Venus commands her son Cupid to make her fall in love with an unworthy man. However, Cupid falls in love with Psyche himself. Concerned about Psyche’s lack of suitors, her parents consult the oracle of Apollo- It has elements of Romance, Mythology, and Fantasy that fit with the stories we talked about above. The other story I wanted to talk about is The Song of Achilles where the epic tale of the Trojan War is transformed into a moving love story, told from the perspective of Patroclus, the beloved companion of the Greek hero Achilles. I’ve heard great things about this one from looking online to asking people here in our school! This book also has elements of romance from Circe to the fighting that is also prevalent in Lore.

    I hope that everyone gets to read these books at some point in their lives. They show an amazing storyline and experience the wonderful cast of characters they show! I am glad I had the chance to read these! 

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    Kaden Gasseling
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          Kaden lives and grew up in Alliance, Nebraska. He was born on February 23, 2008, making him 15 years old. His hobbies include reading and playing in band. In band, he plays clarinet and bass clarinet. The difference between bass clarinet and clarinet is the sound and looks, clarinets are thin and small, while bass clarinets are bulky and a lot bigger. Kaden plays Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and Genshin Impact, he likes playing them because they’re calming to him. He wants to go to college to be either a nurse, a music teacher or to play in an orchestra. He hasn’t really thought about where he would like to go for those specific jobs. He likes helping people, and he is very big on band, so those were most suitable for him. Kaden is still deciding on what college he wants to go to. He has two dogs and three cats, he also loves animals. His favorite musician is Lana Del Ray because of the genre of her music.    Diving into a more personal light of him, he joined band and football in sixth grade. He enjoyed band and played baritone. Now, in high-school, he plays clarinet, flute, and bass clarinet. He would compete in multiple competitions for band, which include Scottsbluff and District Music Contest where he played a solo on clarinet. During the end of middle school, going into his highschool year, he would take summer band lessons for the Scottsbluff Parade. Going into freshman year, he would take band, he would audition for jazz band and get into the class. Fast forward through freshman year, into the summer of his sophomore year, he would attend summer band and fundraisers for the Georgia Band Trip. That’s all that has happened so far. He joined The Spud because he enjoys journalism and writing about what is happening in high school. He hopes to accomplish writing a lot of stories and involve himself in more activities to help his school.  

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