05.17.09

Bad Hair Day of Mythical Proportions

Posted in Mythology at 9:28 pm by Janet

I’m still waiting for The Last Olympian. I have been waiting for MONTHS. I am getting extremely impatient.

Uhhh…I guess I’ll keep blogging about other books with mythological ties… I think the market is saturated with these books right now. Like the vampire books that abound these days, these books vary greatly in quality. I have to say, I read a few bad ones. I discovered I’m not a fan of certain overt rehashings of myths in modern settings or wordy teen myth problem novels. Not naming any names here.  

One of the good ones is Dusssie by Nancy Springer. Dusie wakes up one morning to find she’s got snakes for hair. Yep, she’s a gorgon, she learns, named after her aunt Medusa. Dusie tries to hide her snakes, like her mother the “sculptor” does. But she doesn’t get very far–on her way to school, she accidentally turns her crush to stone. Dusie sets out to find a way to get rid of her snakes and rescue her crush. Along the way, she finds that her snakes talk to her (!) and that she just might be able to live with them. But will she have to live with them? Like most books of this sub-genre, it’s totally far-fetched. But it’s also really fun. And you get to learn about various snake-related myths and legends. One warning: I for one don’t like snakes and started to rush through this so I wouldn’t have to look at the snakey cover. Ultimately, I decided it was worth it to slow down and try to ignore the icky snakes. I mean, at least they weren’t attached to my head.

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