As the second volume of this very good web serial has just started postings this week, it’s a good time to talk about this Greek mythology based series. Therefore I’ve decided to do a second review post, just for this week.
Thalia’s Musings is told in a very modern voice; it is deliberately anachronistic, with a style and vocabulary that would be accessible even for people who don’t read traditional fantasy. I mean, this is written informally. Cannot stress that enough. And it’s well done, fitting together very well.
The narrator is Thalia, the Greek Muse of Comedy. The series deals with her getting embroiled in the numerous problems caused by the other gods, as well as the trouble she makes herself. Of course, the trouble she makes always gets out of hand because this is the Greek pantheon of gods. How can things not go wrong?
I like the retellings of the Greek myths included in this series, and how much information the author (Amethyst Marie) manages to put into this. I like the tone, I Iike the characters, and I think this is just a fun read. The utter ridiculousness of some of the situations created by the so called “glee club of the gods” (the nine Muses) is hilarious, and putting a figure of moderation and self-restraint in charge of them is great irony.
Recommended, and not just for using Greek mythology as a theme, though I personally consider that a huge bonus.
And for a completely different kind of modern reinterpretation of the Greek muses, check out this piece on Deviantart.