Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures

Stephen Fry / Oct 22, 2019

Heroes Mortals and Monsters Quests and Adventures Mortals and Monsters Quests and Adventures There are Heroes and then there are Greek Heroes Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart stirring adventures overcome myriad monstrous pe

  • Title: Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • Author: Stephen Fry
  • ISBN: 0241380375
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mortals and Monsters Quests and Adventures There are Heroes and then there are Greek Heroes.Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly re Mortals and Monsters Quests and Adventures There are Heroes and then there are Greek Heroes.Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece See Atalanta who was raised by bears outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.Filled with white knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of at our worst and our very best.___________ Ebullient and funny The Times Entertaining and edifying Daily Telegraph A rollicking good read Independent Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm Mail on Sunday The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy Guardian Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 462 pages Published November 1st 2018 by Michael Joseph More Details ISBN 0241380375 ISBN13 9780241380376 Series Stephen Fry s Great Mythology 2 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Heroes, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Would this be suitable for a child of 8 to read like 2 months ago See all 3 answers Roel It is astonishing that sexual references are frowned upon than the amount of violent content These are Greek myths and thus, riddled with It is astonishing that sexual references are frowned upon than the amount of violent content These are Greek myths and thus, riddled with murder It is roughly as appropriate as classic Grimm fairytales are not the disneyfied versions less flag Are their going to be any different mythologies explored in this series or is this the last one like 3 months ago See all 2 answers Richio Its as good as certain there will be a 3rd book Several footnotes refer to certain tales being for another time in the same way Mythos hinted at Its as good as certain there will be a 3rd book Several footnotes refer to certain tales being for another time in the same way Mythos hinted at this book, but even overtly And the final chapter as good as confirms it.I expect it will cover the events leading up to the Trojan War, the siege of Troy itself, and the various homecomings, which could easily fill a 400 page book.This would pretty much cover all of Greek Mythology less flag See 2 questions about Heroes Lists with This Book What We ve Read So Far in 2019 613 books 140 voters Actual Mythology emp children s 117 books 12 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 16, 2019 Bookdragon Sean rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2 star reads, ancient greece Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed Mythos, but the second instalment is bitterly disappointing Greek mythology is full of so many strange stories and strange people It s so rich and wonderful and I really do love reading about it, but it needs detail Stephen Fry has attempted to make Ancient Greek heroes accessible to readers unfamiliar with them, though all the stories are very, very, brief and it s their downfall Hercales, Perseus and Jason are perhaps the best known of the h Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed Mythos, but the second instalment is bitterly disappointing Greek mythology is full of so many strange stories and strange people It s so rich and wonderful and I really do love reading about it, but it needs detail Stephen Fry has attempted to make Ancient Greek heroes accessible to readers unfamiliar with them, though all the stories are very, very, brief and it s their downfall Hercales, Perseus and Jason are perhaps the best known of the heroes Fry writes about And he takes a very broad approach, summarising huge stories into just a few pages The tragedy of Medea by Euripides is condensed into just four pages of prose Let me say that again, four pages This is one of the greatest of the ancient Greek plays, and Fry does not do it justice It s like a brief interlude in the Jason section Simply put, he has taken on too many stories and only briefly touches on each one His writing reads like a humorous article that summarises great events into just a few words This approached worked fine in Mythos because Fry was talking about abstract ideas such as Gods and the creation of them, no real detail could ever be given Here though we are talking about very real people with very real stories told in a very limited way The book suffers tremendously as a result It doesn t work at all for me I also found the humour hard to engage with here, possibly because Fry applied his wit to humans rather than gods I don t know, it just didn t quite have the same flair There s something dangerous and transgressive about a writer mocking the gods, and when he mocks humans in the same way it feels a little vanilla My main criticism of this work is that it doesn t feel whole It doesn t feel like a consistent narrative It s the sort of book you dip in and out of, as you read about a character and move onto the next Mythos didn t have this affect, it felt like it built on itself as it established some of the core systems behind the gods These characters aren t connected They re not supposed to be, but at times it felt like I was reading different sections from different books The idea of Heroes and heroics only connects them loosely, as some are heroic than others and some are even villainous, at least in part A few housekeeping points, the formatting and organising of this book was much better than its predecessor We have a detailed glossary and we actually have a much needed contents page Mythos was missing both I had no idea what I was reading when I went into it Was it fiction Was it re telling of myth Was it nonfiction Here things are much clearer, and that s kind of important when you go to buy a book Overall, I think this book will only be of use to people who know very little about Greek Mythology and want a summary of some of its greatest heroes If you ve read these stories before across ancient Greek works, don t waste your time here.Blog Twitter Facebook Insta Academia flag 88 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 08, 2018 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing My second Stephen Fry mythology book in as many days I just read Mythos and loved that and once again it gets 5 s leading me to think maybe I should try some of Fry s other books out I don t want to say too much about this other than that it continues where the first book Mythos leaves off and we move from looking at the Gods themselves to looking at the Heroes and Demi gods and offspring of Gods who are still remembered today Stories such as the minataur, Hercules and These are a My second Stephen Fry mythology book in as many days I just read Mythos and loved that and once again it gets 5 s leading me to think maybe I should try some of Fry s other books out I don t want to say too much about this other than that it continues where the first book Mythos leaves off and we move from looking at the Gods themselves to looking at the Heroes and Demi gods and offspring of Gods who are still remembered today Stories such as the minataur, Hercules and These are all tales you may think you know, but the way Fry tells them is succinct and funny and I highly recommend his audio narration too A brilliant little non fiction with a whole lot of myth and legend thrown in and I gave it 5 s flag 35 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 01, 2019 Sara rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, mythology, library loan When I was a child my favourite movie was Clash of the Titans the 1981 film with Maggie Smith as Athena and Laurence Olivier as Zeus Medusa was, and is, the scariest monster I have ever seen on TV and I regularly had to leave my light on when I went to sleep because I thought she was going to come and slither up the stairs and turn me to stone Anyway, from a young age I ve had a healthy obsession with Greek Mythology and I ve read many, many books on the subject My favourite story still to When I was a child my favourite movie was Clash of the Titans the 1981 film with Maggie Smith as Athena and Laurence Olivier as Zeus Medusa was, and is, the scariest monster I have ever seen on TV and I regularly had to leave my light on when I went to sleep because I thought she was going to come and slither up the stairs and turn me to stone Anyway, from a young age I ve had a healthy obsession with Greek Mythology and I ve read many, many books on the subject My favourite story still to this day has always been Perseus and his hunt for Medusa, so I was overjoyed to see that Fry was continuing his jaunt into the Greek myths after Mythos with an account of the golden age of the Heroes They re all here the labours of Heracles, Theseus and the Minotaur and Oedipus among others including my beloved Perseus , and they re retold in the easy accessible way Fry has with words I ve read these stories so many times, but Fry genuinely manages to make them less convoluted and confusing which is so easy to do with these tales when there is no single original source and the family trees are a little large and rather incestuous , while still managing to entertain and make me laugh None of the richness to the stories is lost, and you can tell that Fry has a genuine passion and knowledge of the subject the footnotes alone denote a higher level of understanding than most , while giving sources to further reading if one wishes The conversational tone really lends itself well to these stories, and you can almost image Fry standing in front of you or sat round a hearth reciting them Its been wonderful to dip back into this vast history and I sincerely hope that Fry continues to cover the rise and fall of Troy in another edition to the series it s hinted at to complete this set of Greek myths and tales flag 26 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Simon rated it it was amazing review of another edition Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend This is an audiobook that I simply can t recommend enough One of British entertainment s legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style It s a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion s share being taken by these grand old tales themselves They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend This is an audiobook that I simply can t recommend enough One of British entertainment s legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style It s a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion s share being taken by these grand old tales themselves They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never feels like anything other than being told an engaging story Of course being Stephen we also get charming nuggets of etymology thrown into the mix as well.Using a fairly informal, almost irreverent approach, for example he pronounces the names of people and places as comes most easily to him, Fry brings these stories to life like few others ever could The Gods, heroes and of course villains are given an often missed humanity and character that is both charming and humorous.In fairness, although clearly a lot of personal research went into these re tellings it s neither a comprehensive collection, of a Greatest Hits if you will, nor is it a hugely scholarly work However, if like me you mainly have a passing knowledge of the Greek Myths or you want to dip your toe into them for the first time this is a fabulous place to start.My favourite has always been Jason and his Argonauts ever since watching Don Chaffey s 1963 film as a boy Even with this one though, the one that I m most familiar with I learned about the back story and how the plot developed and has been toyed with than I ever have before Then, right at the end Stephen describes Mythos as a trilogy which I wasn t aware of so hopefully to match his shows there will be one of these which will cover the Trojan war and its aftermath I can t wait So, if you want to spend some time listening to a modern legend breathing life into ancient myths, this is very much the right series flag 14 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Netta rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves read 2018 To make a long story of cheap soap opera esque characters who happen to be ancient heroes and gods in Fry s world short, this is an unforgivably mediocre piece of prose flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 15, 2019 Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 releases, favorites, fantasy, humorous, illustrated, own and read, read in 2019 Stephen Fry is always a delight to read and listen to and, if I m being honest, I think I enjoyed this one than Mythos which was also a 5 star for me, so this one gets an imaginary, but loving Fry has a way of making these heroes sound not only very human, but also quite contemporary, and his passion for Greek mythology radiates from every page, so you can forgive his pedantic digressions I was actually anticipating even of them.I might be repeating myself, but Fry is an amazi Stephen Fry is always a delight to read and listen to and, if I m being honest, I think I enjoyed this one than Mythos which was also a 5 star for me, so this one gets an imaginary, but loving Fry has a way of making these heroes sound not only very human, but also quite contemporary, and his passion for Greek mythology radiates from every page, so you can forgive his pedantic digressions I was actually anticipating even of them.I might be repeating myself, but Fry is an amazing storyteller with an incredible talent for writing dialogue Even the most random, episodic character has some witty, ironic line thrown into the scene, which makes the book a joy to read flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Claudia marked it as not my cup of coffee review of another edition Shelves humor, myths related, utterly disappointing DNF 20% does not compare to the first one in the slightest too many details of no importance, jokes seem forced Don t know what happen Maybe I was not in the right mood I doubt it tho Anyway, huge disappointment flag 7 likesLike see review Jenna Sorry this one wasn t good Stephen Fry is usually so witty Perhaps he had a deadline to reach on this one Jan 28, 2019 06 04AM Claudia Thank you Jenna wrote Stephen Fry is usually so witty Exactly And I was so eager to read this one Ah, well, s t happens D Jan 28, 2019 06 12AM Nov 07, 2018 Andrea rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audiobook, mythology To all the heroes we have never heard of Perhaps you are one of them.Oh how I love this man He could write anything and I would happily pay money for the privilege of soaking it all up, but the fact that he chose to write, in his unique way, about Greek mythology a topic that has fascinated ever since my parents first took me to Crete and I got to walk around the ruins of Knossos before they became a roped off tourist attraction makes me ridiculously happy Not surprisingly, the story of A To all the heroes we have never heard of Perhaps you are one of them.Oh how I love this man He could write anything and I would happily pay money for the privilege of soaking it all up, but the fact that he chose to write, in his unique way, about Greek mythology a topic that has fascinated ever since my parents first took me to Crete and I got to walk around the ruins of Knossos before they became a roped off tourist attraction makes me ridiculously happy Not surprisingly, the story of Asterion the Minotaur of Knossos and Theseus was one of my favorites, made even enjoyable by the fact that probably my favorite character, Medea who in this version is a delightfully evil, kick ass witch made a return to make mischief I loved the first installment, Mythos which tells the story of the Gods and their interactions with early mankind , and this did not disappoint Chronicling the lives of some of the most famous Greek heroes Heracles, Theseus, Jason, to name only a few , this book brings the various existing stories about them to a satisfying collection of stories brought to life in a way only Fry can.If you love to learn something new or simply love losing yourself in stories of heroes, quests, and adventures sorry, couldn t resist , I cannot recommend this or Mythos highly enough I both read and listened to it the audio is narrated by Stephen Fry himself, after all, and I couldn t possibly resist , and I can t say which I loved If you know him and have listened to anything read by him previously, you might hear his distinct voice anyway if you read this All I can say is that both are absolutely brilliant Myth is ripe for interpretation and I hope you often find yourself putting the book down and speculating on what the Greeks meant or thought they meant Myths are not crossword puzzles or allegories with single meanings and answers Fate, necessity, cause and blame are endlessly mixed in these stories as they are in our lives They were no soluble to the Greeks than they are to us. flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 16, 2018 Thomas rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves absolute favourites The second in Stephen Fry s Greek Myths series, following on from the first installment of Mythos Like Mythos, avery fun and enjoyable read Although it is part of a series it can be read and taken as a stand alone book in my opinion If anything I enjoyed this a bit than Mythos As the title suggests it is a book that focuses on the Heroes of the Greek Myths Following the likes of Herakles Hercules , Jason, Theseus, Orpheus and Perseus to name a few The stories are brought to life and The second in Stephen Fry s Greek Myths series, following on from the first installment of Mythos Like Mythos, avery fun and enjoyable read Although it is part of a series it can be read and taken as a stand alone book in my opinion If anything I enjoyed this a bit than Mythos As the title suggests it is a book that focuses on the Heroes of the Greek Myths Following the likes of Herakles Hercules , Jason, Theseus, Orpheus and Perseus to name a few The stories are brought to life and often I found myself chuckling along with the narrative and phrasing of the stories I read it as part e book and audiobook, both are top notch but Stephen really brings the characters to life through the audio book Especially with a Perseus who sounds like he s just had a pint at the Woolpack or Rovers Return.I am excitedly looking forward to the third and final installment which will surely be covering the Trojan Wars, can t wait to read Stephen s take on the Iliad and Odyssey I am sure it will be at least an equal to the first two books flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Walter VDE rated it really liked it Shelves author f g After I read Mythos, I wanted the author to write about the heroes and demi gods With this book mr Fry delivered, again Rumor has it that Mr Fry will tackle the Iliad next I can t wait flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 19, 2018 Sam Obigbesan rated it really liked it You can probably guess my joy when I found out that there was going to be another book in the mythos Series by Steven Fry with the focus shifting from the temperamental and all to often human gods of the Greek pantheon to the heroes, quests and monster slayings happening all around mythical Greece and the then known world I enjoyed every minute of it, the different stories and the sense of an overarching plot the author created The various heroes had motivations that lead them to do what th You can probably guess my joy when I found out that there was going to be another book in the mythos Series by Steven Fry with the focus shifting from the temperamental and all to often human gods of the Greek pantheon to the heroes, quests and monster slayings happening all around mythical Greece and the then known world I enjoyed every minute of it, the different stories and the sense of an overarching plot the author created The various heroes had motivations that lead them to do what they did and get into the kind of trouble the oracles would warn you away from The heroes were flawed and ultimately failed or triumphed despite the insurmountable odds and their own faults From Heracles, to Perseus, Atalanta to Medea, each of these at times tragic figures had their own place in the grand scheme of things as well as served to advance the overarching narrative, possibly culminating with the Trojan war and its aftermath In a possible 3rd book One can only hope.As a Greek mythology geek, I very much appreciated the effort put into drawing all the not so relevant and confusing threads and stories to weave into a cohesive hole It must have been a job and a half Steven Fry s narration of the various stories was as always versatile, entertaining and fully immersive I don t think I ll forget Heracles northern accent, or Stheneboea s husky voiced charm in a hurry This was a 4.5 stars for me Highly recommended If you liked Mythos, I think you might like Heroes flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves mythology Stephen s retelling of the myths of Greece s heroes is a delight.An absolute must for anyone interested in Greek mythology flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Iva rated it it was amazing review of another edition flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Cendaquenta rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves christmas2018, obtained in 2018, part of series, 2019, mount tbr challenge 2019, read harder 2019 Maybe not quite as good as Mythos, but I had a fun time flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Roy rated it really liked it Great retelling of these Greek heroes Fry provides his unique wit with a perfect sense of knowledge I kind of wished I d listened to the audiobook version as I believe that may have also been just as enjoyable flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Nyamka Ganni marked it as to read Shelves mythology, fantasy, fiction Can t wait Both print and audiobook version is to be released on November 1.Mr Stephen Fry reading Heroes Live reading excerpt s a wizard flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 24, 2018 Jo rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves beware bearing gifts, history, non fiction Fry s second book retelling the Greek myths This one focusses on the mortal heroes of old telling the tales of such as Jason and the Golden Fleece and Theseus As one would expect from Fry, this was excellent and well worth a read flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Natalie rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook I liked this one a bit than Mythos as I feel like there was a better structure Mythos I felt jumped around a lot, but Heroes is split into each story of the Heroes and it s in chronological order This made the story easier to follow Of course there was still a lot of information, but you remember the important stuff I will say Disney had Heracle s story completely wrong They even spelled his name wrong My favorite was Atalanta because she was the only girl.Also, Stephen Fry and his I liked this one a bit than Mythos as I feel like there was a better structure Mythos I felt jumped around a lot, but Heroes is split into each story of the Heroes and it s in chronological order This made the story easier to follow Of course there was still a lot of information, but you remember the important stuff I will say Disney had Heracle s story completely wrong They even spelled his name wrong My favorite was Atalanta because she was the only girl.Also, Stephen Fry and his made up dialogue deserve some side eye, but it was overall very enjoyable flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reading challenge Really really enjoyed thisFry brings the myths and heroes to life in new and interesting ways, their stories told with humorMany of the heroes stories I didn t know so it was fun to get insight, while also not being completely bogged down with to many names and faces flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 18, 2019 Angus McKeogh rated it it was amazing Just like Mythos Great stuff The stories are timeless and entertaining and the writing is superb and no matter how much I think I know on the subject I find out that I m actually rather ignorant Highly recommend this two book series flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Laurence rated it it was amazing As I finish Heroes, Stephen Fry mentions a third part in his Greek Myths series about the Trojan War and its aftermath Looking forward to it Have been looking for a good modern retelling of the Greek Myths just as I was for the Norse Mythology, thanks Neil Gaiman for some time, and these firsts two books have certainly scratched that itch So many stories that I knew pieces of or only the names of which are much clearer now Next I d like a modern retelling of the Egyptian myths in the same As I finish Heroes, Stephen Fry mentions a third part in his Greek Myths series about the Trojan War and its aftermath Looking forward to it Have been looking for a good modern retelling of the Greek Myths just as I was for the Norse Mythology, thanks Neil Gaiman for some time, and these firsts two books have certainly scratched that itch So many stories that I knew pieces of or only the names of which are much clearer now Next I d like a modern retelling of the Egyptian myths in the same style Only complaint is that Perseus is portrayed as a bit of a dunce, prefer the 1980s Clash of the Titans movie characterisation flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 15, 2019 Jonna Peltokangas rated it really liked it review of another edition to all the heroes we have never heard of perhaps you are one of them photo credit 1, 2, 3, 4as with his first book in this series, stephen fry absolutely nails the perfect tone for these myth retellings, he really gives them all his unique flair and wonderfully balances both entertaining and educating the reader the audiobook narration by fry himself is, again, fantastic and delightful to listen to my only reason for giving this a lower rating than I gave mythos is simply because I found t to all the heroes we have never heard of perhaps you are one of them photo credit 1, 2, 3, 4as with his first book in this series, stephen fry absolutely nails the perfect tone for these myth retellings, he really gives them all his unique flair and wonderfully balances both entertaining and educating the reader the audiobook narration by fry himself is, again, fantastic and delightful to listen to my only reason for giving this a lower rating than I gave mythos is simply because I found the myths and stories covered in that book compelling and interesting than the heroes covered in this one but that s not speaking to the quality of this book in any way, just my personal enjoymentn t wait to see what else stephen fry decides to do with this series flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Katy rated it really liked it Shelves short stories, myth retellings A brilliant follow up to Mythos I wasn t familiar with many of the Greek heroes in myth and so was very entertained and pleasantly surprised by this collection My only criticism is that the timelines and connections between characters and Gods is often too convuluted and quite hard to follow, but I think that is well known about the Greek myths Well worth a read, Stephen Fry is as enchanting as always flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Emer marked it as will never read Shelves hellas, reviewed After DNFing the drivel that is Mythos there ain t no way in heck I m subjecting myself to this and no doubt what will be another simpering mess of banal prose flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Amy rated it liked it Fun, accessible, enjoyable, and a bit shallow, perhaps I think I liked Mythos a bit better, even if this one is organized flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Agne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Holds up exactly as well as the first one I didn t really know these stories before, so it was pretty riveting reading And it is still difficult for me to grasp how MANY different named characters Greek mythology accommodates Minotaur was strangely touching flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 teres rated it it was amazing stephen fry pls flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves mythology To all the heroes we have never heard of Perhaps you are one of them.Oh how I love this man He could write anything and I would happily pay money for the privilege of soaking it all up, but the fact that he chose to write, in his unique way, about Greek mythology a topic that has fascinated ever since my parents first took me to Crete and I got to walk around the ruins of Knossos before they became a roped off tourist attraction makes me ridiculously happy Not surprisingly, the story of A To all the heroes we have never heard of Perhaps you are one of them.Oh how I love this man He could write anything and I would happily pay money for the privilege of soaking it all up, but the fact that he chose to write, in his unique way, about Greek mythology a topic that has fascinated ever since my parents first took me to Crete and I got to walk around the ruins of Knossos before they became a roped off tourist attraction makes me ridiculously happy Not surprisingly, the story of Asterion the Minotaur of Knossos and Theseus was one of my favorites, made even enjoyable by the fact that probably my favorite character, Medea who in this version is a delightfully evil, kick ass witch made a return to make mischief I loved the first installment, Mythos which tells the story of the Gods and their interactions with early mankind , and this did not disappoint Chronicling the lives of some of the most famous Greek heroes Heracles, Theseus, Jason, to name only a few , this book brings the various existing stories about them to a satisfying collection of stories brought to life in a way only Fry can.If you love to learn something new or simply love losing yourself in stories of heroes, quests, and adventures sorry, couldn t resist , I cannot recommend this or Mythos highly enough I both read and listened to it the audio is narrated by Stephen Fry himself, after all, and I couldn t possibly resist , and I can t say which I loved If you know him and have listened to anything read by him previously, you might hear his distinct voice anyway if you read this All I can say is that both are absolutely brilliant Myth is ripe for interpretation and I hope you often find yourself putting the book down and speculating on what the Greeks meant or thought they meant Myths are not crossword puzzles or allegories with single meanings and answers Fate, necessity, cause and blame are endlessly mixed in these stories as they are in our lives They were no soluble to the Greeks than they are to us.Buddy read with Lacey flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Koit rated it it was amazing Most of us probably have some idea of various Greek gods and also their heroes after all, who has not heard of Herakles or Odysseus There are other names which could be thrown into this mix, but the point I am trying to make is that Greek mythology has permeated much of Western culture and civilisation to a very great degree Therefore, it could be said that one should be a bit careful about which author s take on these myths they should read having experienced Mythos some time ago, I w Most of us probably have some idea of various Greek gods and also their heroes after all, who has not heard of Herakles or Odysseus There are other names which could be thrown into this mix, but the point I am trying to make is that Greek mythology has permeated much of Western culture and civilisation to a very great degree Therefore, it could be said that one should be a bit careful about which author s take on these myths they should read having experienced Mythos some time ago, I was keen to take up Heroes as soon as I could and I was not disappointed It should probably not come as a surprise to anyone but there will be distinct decisions Mr Fry has taken in this book regarding the myths which will no be to everyone s liking The old myths themselves were not portraying a world of teddy bears and endless joy, but rather in most cases human arrogance and people s typical wish to escape their fate The intrepid reader can guess how often this will succeed After this warning, I will also note that Mr Fry has not held back in the gory or explicit detail at least compared to a children s rendition of the very same stories nor in the caustic humour which at least some of the characters are gifted with a passage where Oedipus manages to not understand what exactly a sphinx is probably my favourite Another touch I thoroughly enjoyed was giving the typically villainous kings of the various polis a Scottish twang in the audiobook version If you feel out of touch with the ancient myths, this would definitely be a very accessible method to refamiliarise that old acquaintance This review was originally posted on my blog. flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Alicia Croft rated it liked it 1.3 months This is the longest its taken me to complete an audiobook I loved Mythos I gave 5 stars but Heroes was significantly fragmented and difficult to follow there is the abundance of names again, which the author forewarns about and claims it will not matter the most important ones will stick I found this true in predecessor but struggled in this book This is, I think, why The nature of various intersecting lives of heroes, and backstory required for many tales, left the nar 1.3 months This is the longest its taken me to complete an audiobook I loved Mythos I gave 5 stars but Heroes was significantly fragmented and difficult to follow there is the abundance of names again, which the author forewarns about and claims it will not matter the most important ones will stick I found this true in predecessor but struggled in this book This is, I think, why The nature of various intersecting lives of heroes, and backstory required for many tales, left the narrative in chronological disarray which was confusing and hard to match up parts of the story and keep other in mind and it was hard to remember what was complete and what I needed to remember for its links to the main stories The back story info sometimes detracted from the momentum of the main story too.It was still a good retelling regardless, and I enjoyed knowing the full picture behind various heroes stories and lives and how they intersected with eachother for those which the connecting dots became clear flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity 1 8 Nov 01, 2018 12 00PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI In addition to writing fo Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI In addition to writing for stage, screen, television and radio he has contributed columns and articles for numerous newspapers and magazines, and has also written four successful novels and a series of memoirs.See also Mrs Stephen Fry as a pseudonym of the author


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    1. Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed Mythos, but the second instalment is bitterly disappointing Greek mythology is full of so many strange stories and strange people It s so rich and wonderful and I really do love reading about it, but it needs detail Stephen Fry has attempted to make Ancient Greek heroes accessible to readers unfamiliar with them, though all the stories are very, very, brief and it s their downfall Hercales, Perseus and Jason are perhaps the best known of the h Let [...]


    2. My second Stephen Fry mythology book in as many days I just read Mythos and loved that and once again it gets 5 s leading me to think maybe I should try some of Fry s other books out I don t want to say too much about this other than that it continues where the first book Mythos leaves off and we move from looking at the Gods themselves to looking at the Heroes and Demi gods and offspring of Gods who are still remembered today Stories such as the minataur, Hercules and These are a My second St [...]


    3. When I was a child my favourite movie was Clash of the Titans the 1981 film with Maggie Smith as Athena and Laurence Olivier as Zeus Medusa was, and is, the scariest monster I have ever seen on TV and I regularly had to leave my light on when I went to sleep because I thought she was going to come and slither up the stairs and turn me to stone Anyway, from a young age I ve had a healthy obsession with Greek Mythology and I ve read many, many books on the subject My favourite story still to When [...]


    4. Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend This is an audiobook that I simply can t recommend enough One of British entertainment s legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style It s a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion s share being taken by these grand old tales themselves They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never Anc [...]


    5. To make a long story of cheap soap opera esque characters who happen to be ancient heroes and gods in Fry s world short, this is an unforgivably mediocre piece of prose.


    6. Stephen Fry is always a delight to read and listen to and, if I m being honest, I think I enjoyed this one than Mythos which was also a 5 star for me, so this one gets an imaginary, but loving Fry has a way of making these heroes sound not only very human, but also quite contemporary, and his passion for Greek mythology radiates from every page, so you can forgive his pedantic digressions I was actually anticipating even of them.I might be repeating myself, but Fry is an amazi Stephen Fry is [...]


    7. DNF 20% does not compare to the first one in the slightest too many details of no importance, jokes seem forced Don t know what happen Maybe I was not in the right mood I doubt it tho Anyway, huge disappointment


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