Classics Retold – Heroes, Gods and Monsters, oh my!

9068813Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin
January 1986 by Bantam Books
Source: Purchased

This is my first book in the Classics Retold challenge! Before I dive into the retellings of the Greek myths, I need to first know what the Greek myths are all about. I read this book first back in freshman year of high school and found it to be incredibly interesting. I think that it saying a lot when it comes to required reading in high school. I knew I still had this book and knew it would be prefect to use for this challenge because I am not focusing in on a single god or monster but doing them in a wider sense.

I am going to call this the pocket edition of Greek mythology. None of the stories are longer than 10 pages, with most coming in around 3 pages. Most of these stories are shorten and brief but if you are new to Greek mythology this would be a good one to start with. The language never overwhelming, which is another plus if you are new. There are 26 different stories total ranging from Zeus to Pandora to Perseus. My only complaint about this book is that I wish it had more “monsters”. They are included in the stories but they don’t have their own. I know some of these would have been interesting to read.

Overall this is perfect for a quick reference about a certain god or goddess (or demigod!) but if you are looking for a more detailed story you will want to look elsewhere.

2 thoughts on “Classics Retold – Heroes, Gods and Monsters, oh my!

  1. Brittany says:

    What a great little book!! That’s so helpful! Truth be told, I still need to find one of these for my Egyptian mythology but with all the moving lately, I still need to settle into my new library 🙂

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