Genres: Mythology, Humour, Religion, History, Short Stories
Publisher: Perigee Books
Publication Date: March 5th 2013
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“We can rebuild these myths. We have the technology. We can make them snappier, flashier…it would be hard to make them sexier…But you get where I’m going with this.”
O’Brien retells classic tales from Greek Mythology to Egyptian mythos in a hillarious, brief and slighty offensive manner. Sex, drinking, parties and lots and lots of murder.
A bit lowbrow at times the humour is still very effective. It’s a quick read, and while it obviously takes several liberties with the source works, it still manages to be informative. A great crash course in world mythologies for anyone who’s tired of the same old retellings time and time again. Or for someone without the attention span for more academic versions of the tales. It also offers a very interesting look at how similar mythology is all over the world. How most stories support the same fundamentals and mostly just change the details. The American section felt a little out of place. It’s tacked on to the end of the book and suddenly we go from ancient creation myths and Gods to some American folktales. Though they feel out of place they still manage to tie off the novel neatly and allow for a neat little ending about religion and science intermingling.