OVIEDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2013
Fascinating lecture on classical mythology. Vandiver is entertaining and realistic in her approach and I would be delighted to listen to more of her lectures.
I'm not really sure what's up with the other reviewer, maybe it was different than what they were expecting. To prevent that, let me tell you:
-The first three lectures are a discussion of what constitutes a myth. She explains multiple theories and their implications.
-The next lectures are about the beginning of the universe and the birth of the gods/ primordial deities.
-Then come a few more Olympians (Demeter, Dionysus, Hermes, etc)
-And a few heroes (Heracles is the biggie)
This is not a systematic retelling of myth in the form of a story, it's a lecture intended to help listeners better interpret and understand classical mythology. It's very brief, as an in-depth interpretation of all myth would take several weeks of continuous lecture, but it's a good starting point.
As someone whose only experience with mythology was the Percy Jackson series, I found this interesting and well worth the time it took to listen. I recommend it.
I love Brandon Sanderson.
I love Mistborn, The Way of Kings, Steelheart, Warbreaker, Elantris, pretty much everything of his that I could get my grubby little fingers on, BUT, I put these books off. Alcatraz just seemed childish to me, I was afraid of disappointment.
I should have known better.
The Alcatraz series is definitely childish, fantastical, and ridiculous, but it's also extreeemely entertaining. It has complex characters, mysterious magics, and the same vast sense of adventure that Sanderson novels always seem to have.
So do it, read it. Jump into this insane world with its insane rules and crazy evil librarians. You'll probably survive the experience and you might even enjoy yourself.
This book is fascinating! It's entertaining and may teach you a thing or two, but I would recommend having at least a basic understanding of ancient history before stepping into this book. The author tends to jump around, following only a semblance of chronological order that often left me scratching my head to etch out the timeline. My only other issue was the repetitiveness of some anecdotes. As much as I love Heracles and his unfortunate life, I did not need to be reminded of the Hydra's poison again and again and again.
I would recommend this book to a friend who already has a good grip on history, or possibly one who really enjoys learning about the numerous ways humans have devised to horrible maim/ kill other humans. We are creative beings in our self destruction, like fireworks. Or decorative wedding cakes.
It's the basic underdog fantasy; some oppressed people have to get their crap together to defeat an evil tyrant and save the world. Their foe is immense, incredible, a force of nature, CAN THEY DO IT?
This book drags you in kicking and screaming to a twisted world that is most delightfully mysterious. The characters are brought to life by Michael Kramer, who has impeccable comedic timing and a voice like earthquake.
The Mistborn trilogy is not the sort of series that you read once and set aside, feeling content. I've read and reread them, listening for all the little clues I may have missed.
As the Survivor always says; There is always another secret.
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