Olympians: Hermes, Tales of the Trickster

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by George O'Connor | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 9781626725249 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 12/20/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 20, 2019
I got this ex-library hardcover from Better World Books, for another release copy. I've enjoyed other books in O'Connor's "Olympians" series, including Hades, and was glad to find this one, about Hermes - god of tricksters, hospitality, thieves, travel, shepherds, and a whole laundry list of others. It's set up as a tale-within-a-tale at first, featuring (to nobody's surprise who's read any Greek myths at all) a god in disguise - though not the disguise that the hearer guessed, to his cost - and includes Hermes' origin as the son of Zeus and Maia. The sequence showing him as a highly precocious and powerful toddler introducing himself to Zeus and company is hilarious - with the author even suggesting in an end note to read it to the soundtrack of "Yackety Sax"!

Later on, we see Hermes' son Pan, in a rather sweet variation on the legend of Pan and Syrinx: here, when Pan pursues her, rather than her actually turning into hollow reeds to escape him, she and her friends hide among the reeds and call out a wavering prayer pretending to have become reeds. So Pan gets his pan-pipes and Syrinx and the girls get a good laugh - a much nicer outcome all around.

There's an account of Zeus' battle with Typhon, in which Zeus lost the first round and was rescued by Hermes and Pan; indeed Pan's ability to induce panic with his special shout turned the tide and led to Zeus' epic beatdown of Typhon.

As with previous books, the "G(r)eek Notes" at the end are delightful, with comments on the origins of some of the panels, shoutouts to previous books, and humorous asides.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Centennial Pool in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, November 29, 2020

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