Circe by Madeline Miller
What I drank prior: A bottle and a half of wine. White and rose. It was awesome.
Spoiler-free Overview: so this follows the life and times of the wicked witch of the island, Circe, a goddess, daughter of a titan. She has good and bad, love and loss, life and death. It’s the whole kit and caboodle.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: my major thoughts are eh? I mean ok. Was the story good? Yes. Compelling? To me? No. It read like a biography to me instead of a well rounded story. Look, I get it. This book was written well, the individual stories were exceptional, but like, to me? It was LONG. Too long.
Characters: I liked them. They were sound. Obviously the story was about Circe but there were side characters that meant a lot. They were great. The characters were exceptional and well rounded and your heart bled for them.
Her whole bit with the pigs? Men are fucking pigs. Or at least some of them are. If you find yourself one like Odysseus, keep him.
Plot: so. Fucking. Slow. PICK UP THE PACE PEOPLE.
Writing Style: gorgeous. How can you not love it? The reimagining of a story so long lost that you get to see it again? It’s wonderful. But to me, the plot was so damn slow it was hard to get around.
World Building: actually pretty well done. It’s hard with Greek mythology because we know it well (at least a lot of us do). It was good to see the bits we missed in school.
Ugh fine I didn’t hate it. I don’t really have anything bad to say except that it was way too long.
What to pair it with: wine. It’s gotta be wine right?
Rating: 3.9/5 shots I want to give it 4 but I just cant.
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Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,