A Thousand Ships

by Natalie Haynes | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 006307821X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSpatialwing of Moneta, Virginia USA on 11/20/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSpatialwing from Moneta, Virginia USA on Friday, November 20, 2020
Won from a Goodreads.com giveaway!
This copy is an Advanced Reader's Edition
On sale in the US January 2021.

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This is the women’s war, just as much as it is the men’s. They have waited long enough for their turn . . .

This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of them all . . .

In the middle of the night, a woman wakes to find her beloved city engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over. Troy has fallen.

From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, to Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus, to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, these are the stories of the women whose lives, loves, and rivalries were forever altered by this long and tragic war.

A woman’s epic, powerfully imbued with new life, A Thousand Ships puts the women, girls and goddesses at the center of the Western world’s great tale ever told.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSpatialwing at Moneta, Virginia USA on Friday, November 20, 2020
...is Oenone less a hero than Menelaus? He loses his wife so he stirs up an army to bring her back to him, costing countless lives and creating countless widows, orphans and slaves. Oenone loses her husband and she raises their son. Which of those is the more heroic act?

Epic war stories are told about those who fought them. Little is usually said of those not directly on the battlefield. They are no less scarred by the experience. In many ways, they are left behind to deal with the effects of “heroes’” actions and face harsher lives as a result. Dealing with loss, losing their freedom, metaphoric slaps in the face by uncaring gods with petty agendas and more they have a very different view of war. Not to take anything away from those that fought and died or came home wounded, but no less important.

Slaves, war widows, sisters, mothers, those incapable of going to war due to age or other limitations, they all are affected. In A Thousand Ships, the Muse Calliope, is determined, no matter how long it takes, to have the women affected directly and on the fringes of the Trojan War tell their stories.

The author did a fantastic job taking all these POV character chapters and telling them in a way that flows well and makes sense. And there are a lot of different POVs. Haynes did not make all the major male characters female, instead she told the stories of the female characters that were already there, whether human, god, or demigod, and how they viewed the events of the Trojan War. Well done!

On the flip side, while I thought the tone/voice fit the epic story well, there were times when some more modern turns of phrase were thrown in…and they felt all kinds of wrong. But I could get past them and still enjoy the story.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSpatialwing at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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Sending to the person who chose this book from the 1st line game at the 2020 Zoom BCinDC Holiday Party!

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Journal Entry 4 by wingMelydiawing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Picked this out from the first line game at the annual BCinDC holiday party (sadly virtual this year, but we made it work). Thanks!

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