Mythological Fiction

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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
Margaret Atwood

Presents the cycle of stories about Penelope, wife of Odysseus, through the eyes of the twelve maids hanged for disloyalty to Odysseus in his absence.


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Ragnarok: The End of the Gods (Myths)
A.S. Byatt

Ragnarok, the story of the end of the world, is told through the eyes of a young girl who, evacuated to the countryside during the Battle of Britain, finds a book of ancient Norse myths that she shares with the reader and relates to her own life and experiences of war.


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Pyramid Power
Eric Flint,Dave Freer

A power-hungry Washington bureaucrat sends the survivors of the first expedition back into the alien pyramidal device sent by the invading Krin to dominate Earth, which hurtles them into the world of the Norse gods.


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Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1)
David Gemmell

A retelling of the legend of the Trojan War chronicles the exploits of Aeneas, the Lord of the Silver Bow, a powerful warrior known as Helikaon to his friends, as he engages Argurious, a warrior of Agamemnon, in a battle to the death.


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Helen of Troy
Margaret George

Married at a tender age to the Spartan king Menelaus, the beautiful Helen bears him a daughter and anticipates a passionless marriage before falling in love with the Trojan prince Paris, with whom she flees to Troy with devastating consequences.


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Queen of Kings
Maria Dahvana Headley

Desperate to save her kingdom and resurrect her husband, Queen Cleopatra bargains with the warrior goddess Sekhmet for Antony’s soul and is transformed into a shape-shifting vampire bent on vengeance against those who have wronged her family.


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Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
Kevin Hearne

Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, finds his peaceful life in Arizona shattered by the arrival of an angry Celtic god who wants Atticus’s magical sword, forcing Atticus to call upon some unlikely allies for help.


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Ransom: A Novel
David Malouf

A tale of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, “Ransom” is a retelling of one of the most famous stories in all of literature—Achilles’s slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priam’s attempt to ransom his son’s body in Homer’s “The Iliad.”


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The Lost Books of the Odyssey: A Novel
Zachary Mason

A brilliant and beguiling reimagining of Homer’s classic story about the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.


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Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams (Myths, The)
Alexander McCall Smith

In a retelling of an ancient Celtic myth about Angus, the god of love, youth, and beauty and a trickster who turns one’s romantic dreams upside down, five young men named Angus parallel the god’s story as they search for true love..


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The Song of Achilles: A Novel
Madeline Miller

A retelling of the legend of Achilles follows Patroclus and Achilles, the golden son of King Peleus, as they lay siege to Troy after Helen of Sparta is kidnapped—a cause that tests their friendship and forces them to make the ultimate sacrifice.


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Gods Behaving Badly
Marie Phillips

The twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, and they’re crammed together in a London townhouse. They’ve had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ. More disturbingly, their powers are waning. Just as they did on Mount Olympus, they quarrel a lot and do each other mischief.


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Gates of Fire
Steven Pressfield

Gates of Fire is a depiction of one man’s indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary page-turner that brings the Homeric tradition into the twenty-first century.


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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan

After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a war between the gods.


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The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)
Rick Riordan

Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien’s retellings of the Norse legends of Sigurd, the dragon slayer and blood-brother of the Niflungs, and Gudrâun, a Niflung forced to marry Attila the Hun who murders her brothers.


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The Aeneid (Penguin Classics)
Virgil

Recounts the adventures of the Trojan prince Aeneas, who helped found Rome, after the fall of Troy.


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The Odyssey
Homer

A translation of the epic poem retells the story of Odysseus’s ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.


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The Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation)
Homer

An epic poem set during the Trojan War, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.


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