Esquire Theme by Matthew Buchanan
Social icons by Tim van Damme

01

Jun

Here’s the cover:

And here’s where you can read the first chapter:
http://disney.go.com/disneybooks/heroes-of-olympus/the-mark-of-athena/

Here’s the cover:

And here’s where you can read the first chapter:

http://disney.go.com/disneybooks/heroes-of-olympus/the-mark-of-athena/

24

May

FAIRY TALE OF THE DAY: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis 

In  this timeless tale of two mortal princesses — one beautiful and one  unattractive — C. S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and  Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction. This is the story  of Orual, Psyche’s embittered and ugly older sister, who possessively  and harmfully loves Psyche. Much to Orual’s frustrations, Psyche is  loved by Cupid, the god of love himself, setting the troubled Orual on a  path of moral development.Set  against the backdrop of Glome, a barbaric, pre-Christian world, the  struggles between sacred and profane love are illuminated as Orual  learns that we cannot understand the intent of the gods “till we have  faces” and sincerity in our souls and selves.

FAIRY TALE OF THE DAY: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

In this timeless tale of two mortal princesses — one beautiful and one unattractive — C. S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction. This is the story of Orual, Psyche’s embittered and ugly older sister, who possessively and harmfully loves Psyche. Much to Orual’s frustrations, Psyche is loved by Cupid, the god of love himself, setting the troubled Orual on a path of moral development.

Set against the backdrop of Glome, a barbaric, pre-Christian world, the struggles between sacred and profane love are illuminated as Orual learns that we cannot understand the intent of the gods “till we have faces” and sincerity in our souls and selves.

23

May

Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is the body of myths and legends belonging to the ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. They were a part of religion in ancient Greece. Modern scholars refer to the myths and study them in an attempt to throw light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece, its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.

Greek mythology is embodied explicitly in a large collection of narratives and implicitly in Greek representational arts, such as vase-paintings and votive gifts. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and mythological creatures. These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature.

The oldest known Greek literary sources, the epic poems Iliad and Odyssey, focus on events surrounding the Trojan War. Two poems by Homer’s near contemporary Hesiod, the Theogony and the Works and Days, contain accounts of the genesis of the world, the succession of divine rulers, the succession of human ages, the origin of human woes, and the origin of sacrificial practices. Myths also are preserved in the Homeric Hymns, in fragments of epic poems of the Epic Cycle, in lyric poems, in the works of the tragedians of the fifth century BC, in writings of scholars and poets of the Hellenistic Age and in texts from the time of the Roman Empire by writers such as Plutarch and Pausanias.

Archaeological findings provide a principal source of detail about Greek mythology, with gods and heroes featured prominently in the decoration of many artifacts. Geometric designs on pottery of the eighth century BC depict scenes from the Trojan cycle as well as the adventures of Heracles. In the succeeding Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, Homeric and various other mythological scenes appear, supplementing the existing literary evidence.

Greek mythology has exerted an extensive influence on the culture, the arts, and the literature of Western civilization and remains part of Western heritage and language. Poets and artists from ancient times to the present have derived inspiration from Greek mythology and have discovered contemporary significance and relevance in these mythological themes.

29

Apr

Are Greek Myths the Next Trend for Teens?

Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.

15

Mar

BOOK OF THE DAY: Oh. My. Gods by Terra Lynn Childs

A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.
When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroesasupersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

BOOK OF THE DAY: Oh. My. Gods by Terra Lynn Childs

A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroesasupersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

30

Jan

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 2—The Greek Heroes

A little more about the classical inspiration for many science fiction and fantasy authors…

21

Jan

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 1: Atlantis

Ever wonder where SciFi and Fantasy authors get all their crazy and amazing ideas? Well here’s a little insight.