Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Mini - Comments

I've recently read two books I don't feel like writing too much about. 

(Between natural laziness and lack of interest to either gush over or rant about...)

One is a non-fiction and the other a romance but both had in common the fact they felt like just a way to pass the time and I'm certain they won't be that memorable a few weeks from now...

In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.
Mythos captures these extraodinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

Comment: This was not a bad book, but when I saw it would be a retelling of the Greek myths written by a renown comedian, I confess I expected something more in the comedy area too. The author, surprisingly, takes a very academic path into this, even though he does add a few side notes here and there and he does interact with the readers as if we are all in a fascinating conversation on the theme. I was entertained and some of the myths - which the author tells based on historical works on them - certainly take on quite a meaning now I'm not reading them because they were adapted to children nor summarized to focus on secondary elements. Some of the myths made me sad to think so many people could are are represented in such metaphors of despair and unfairness.  There's nothing wrong with the choices the author made to present the information but I admit I thought this would have a different tone.

Grade: 7/10

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Eliam Prince is finally where he wants to be in his late father’s shipping enterprise: at the helm and ready to navigate. However, when a mysterious car tries to run him off the road on his first day as CEO,
it’s clear he needs a personal bodyguard—even if the idea annoys him to no end.
Winter Wyn has built a thriving personal security business after surviving a horrific tour in the Middle East. Eliam is just a routine middle-of-the-night call—until she arrives at his penthouse, where it’s clear her strict policy of not mixing business and pleasure with her clients is in serious trouble. Keeping this man safe—from sabotage, blackmailers, assassins, and his own stubborn pride—isn’t nearly as hard as protecting her own heart.
But as the stakes rise, Eliam and Winter have no choice but to break all the rules if they want to survive. Fans of Castle will love the sparks that fly on this most unlikely couple’s journey to their happily ever after.

Comment: I saw this book being recommended on a site because it would feature a female bodyguard and how rare that is? I didn't investigate anything besides that and the title having the word "prince" immediately made me think of certain possibilities. Well, how wrong could I be, there's no royalty in this book,the main characters are one dimensional, the plot isn't compelling, the secondary characters a blur in my mind and the romance felt very weak. I think the idea and the fact the main characters were at odds at first, sort of, were the elements that made me fell like keeping up...but I really can't say a lot of good about this story, it simply wasn't to my taste and I disliked how the romance progressed and how the plot evolved. It's better to not try anything else nor continue with the trilogy although there are, indeed, two other books following this one.

Grade: 3/10

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