Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . There are Heroes - and then there are Greek Heroes.Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly rete...
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Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures Reviews
After DNFing the drivel that is Mythos there ain't no way in heck I'm subjecting myself to this and no doubt what will be another simpering mess of banal prose
To all the heroes we have never heard of.
Perhaps you are one of them.
Oh how I love this man. He could write anything and I would happily pay money for the privilege of soaking it all up, but the fact that he chose to write, in his unique way, about Greek mythology (a topic that has fascinated ever since my parents first took me to Crete and I got to walk around the "ruins" of Knossos before they became a roped-off tourist attraction) makes me ridiculously happy. Not surprisingly, the story of A ...more
As I finish Heroes, Stephen Fry mentions a third part in his Greek Myths series about the Trojan War and its aftermath. Looking forward to it.
Have been looking for a good modern retelling of the Greek Myths (just as I was for the Norse Mythology, thanks Neil Gaiman) for some time, and these firsts two books have certainly scratched that itch. So many stories that I knew pieces of or only the names of which are much clearer now.
Next I'd like a modern retelling of the Egyptian myths in the same ...more
Really really enjoyed this
Fry brings the myths and heroes to life in new and interesting ways, their stories told with humor
Many of the heroes stories I didn't know so it was fun to get insight, while also not being completely bogged down with to many names and faces
Just like Mythos. Great stuff! The stories are timeless and entertaining and the writing is superb; and no matter how much I think I know on the subject I find out that I’m actually rather ignorant. Highly recommend this two book series.
Another fun read. Although a bit more story-like than mythos, which is understandable given the subject. Still Fry succeeds to give the heroes a realistic characterization, which makes feel every hero unique and human (or semi ofcourse). Combined with Fry's British humor this is in my opinion one of the more accessible and fun read on the Greek myths, can't wait for his take on the Trojan war.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Heroes" by Stephen Fry as an audiobook. It was delightful to be taken on a journey of narrative with Greek mythology's heroes and have them brought to life. I loved how they were embellished and presented as stories - rather than representations of historical data or fact. "Mythos" is still my favourite but this book is worth the adventure!
”to all the heroes we have never heard of. perhaps you are one of them.”
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as with his first book in this series, stephen fry absolutely nails the perfect tone for these myth retellings, he really gives them all his unique flair and wonderfully balances both entertaining and educating the reader. the audiobook narration by fry himself is, again, fantastic and delightful to listen to. my only reason for giving this a lower rating than I gave mythos is simply because I found t ...more