Olympians: Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

by George O'Connor | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1596437391 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/12/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 12, 2018
I've enjoyed others in O'Connor's "Olympians" series, including Hades, and picked up several more from Barnes and Noble.

This one focuses on Aphrodite, who had a truly epic creation-scene - the essence of Eros, carved from Ouranos the sky by the titan Kronos, at the bidding of Gaea... Foam-born Aphrodite did not take shape until after the arrival of Zeus and the other Olympians, but oh, did she ever make a dramatic entrance then!

The book touches on a number of myths about Aphrodite, from the reasons why Zeus had her marry Hephaistos to the tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who fell in love with the statue he'd carved to honor Aphrodite.

And of course her story wouldn't be complete without that of her son Eros, whose mischievous use of his arrows of love and of indifference triggered a LOT of chaos.

Also causing trouble: Eris, goddess of discord, shown here as a disruptive wild-child; it was she who came up with the golden-apple beauty contest between Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera, with Paris as judge, and which resulted in the Trojan War!

There are lots of fun little touches, from messenger-of-the-gods Hermes (who responds to an assignment from Zeus with "Pop, you're killing me here!") to the "G(r)eek Notes" at the end, where the author points out some of the stealthier references.

[The TV Tropes page on the Olympians has some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Maine Diner in Wells, Maine USA on Saturday, February 03, 2018

Released 10 mos ago (2/3/2018 UTC) at Maine Diner in Wells, Maine USA


I plan to leave this book in or near the diner while stopping by for a late lunch; hope the finder enjoys it!

*** Released for the 2018 Valentine release challenge. ***

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