Thursday, April 23, 2009
Black Ships by Jo Graham
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This was a really beautifully written piece. Based on the Aeneid, it tells the story of the last prince of Troy from the perspective of Gull, also called Linnea and finally Pythia-- Handmaiden of the Lady of Death.
There were a couple of places where the editor totally missed things, which drives me crazy, but it was still a wonderful book.
I love what Naomi Novik says about it: "Haunting and bittersweet, lush and vivid, this extraordinary story has lived with me since I first read it."
Really really wonderful, if a bit heavy reading at times. Makes me think it may be time to read the Iliad and Odyssey again! And the Aeneid... which I've not fully read. I really need to.
Only 5 Reader's Choice books left! Well, four really, because I'm not planning to read the Mt. Everest survival story one. I can read 4 books in 8 days, right?