"Of all the mortals on the earth, there are only a few the gods will ever hear of. Consider the practicalities. By the time we learn their names, they are dead. They must be meteors indeed to catch our attention. The merely good: you are dust to us." - Circe, by Madeline Miller.
Thanks to Miller, I've fallen into the dark whole that Greek mythology can be.
Back in school, I was always fascinated by the stories and how they all connected to one another, often in the craziest of ways. I don't remember much, but I still recognize names here and there when reading Circe, and if the character is only mentioned in passing but rings a bell, it won't be long until I'm browsing Wikipedia, figuring out why that bell rang and, before I notice, I'm covered with Wikipedia's sticky thread.
I have to say, even though the plot in The Song of Achilles felt more defined, I think I'm enjoying Circe a bit more. Maybe because of all those cameos by gods and heroes alike. What's better, it's not only the big names that pop out, we get to meet other lesser known gods, like Circe herself. You'd think Miller would need thousands of pages to pack them all in a book but I'm barely halfway through it and they keep on coming. I genuinely get excited every time I resume my reading, thinking of the next god or hero I'll be reading about, and whether or not I've already met them.
- kings & queens.
- tbr update.