Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut. Sarcasm is my default setting.
Not really a follow-on, and I don't think this one has the bizarre time-slips and rebirths, but it's more of a companion to the excellent Life After Life, and Teddy was one of my favorite characters in that book, so I'm looking forward to it. Just hope I haven't got the phantom margin scribbler to deal with.
I seem to have been on a bit of a journey through Ancient Greece lately, and I picked this up at the library to read once I'm done with Orestes.
The Bull From the Sea is the sequel to The King Must Die and picks up after Theseus defeats the Minotaur and returns to Athens. Except the silly sod 'forgets' to change the sails on his ship from black to white, meaning his father thinking him dead, promptly throws himself off a cliff.
Yeah, he's an arse.
Poor old Orestes. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Matricide is the biggest sin you can commit and condemns you to a lifetime of being pursued by the Furies until you go mad. But if you don't kill your father's murderer then you are doomed to be haunted by his shade forever. So what's a man to do?
Let's just say Clytemnestra won't be getting one of these little numbers. Sadly she's one of those characters who it's fairly impossible to make even slightly sympathetic. She's up there with Medea in the batshit crazy corner. Though what Agamemnon did was pretty unforgivable too, so I'm going to cut her a bit of slack.
I have to say I'm an absolute sucker for re-tellings of the Greek myths and legends ever since I read Roger Lancelyn Green's stuff as a child. And I would have been all over Rick Riordan's books if they had been around umpty years ago.
Other retellings I've enjoyed include,
The Firebrand - Marion Zimmer Bradley (This was always one of my favourite books about Cassandra, but I can't bear to read Bradley's stuff anymore)
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (a different look at Achilles and Patrocalus)
Lavinia - Ursula K Le Guin (feminist take on Lavinia, wife of Aeneas)
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood (another feminist take, this time on Penelope, wife of Oddyseus)
The King Must Die - Mary Renault (I still maintain Theseus is a bit of an arse)
Clytemnestra - definitely not in the running for 'Wife of the Year'.
Laura Gill's interpretations of some of the stories from Greek mythology are very entertaining. I picked up the first part of her Orestes trilogy as a Kindle daily deal, but have only just got around to reading it. And I enjoyed it so much I've bought parts two and three. (And her Twitter account written in the persona of Orestes is extremely funny.)
Somehow I don't think the Furies are going to be impressed with the 'oops, didn't mean to kill her, my sword slipped" excuse.
I normally try and stay out of politics on here, but I am so bloody proud of my Senator today.
Elizabeth Warren, you rock!