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CirceCirce by Madeline Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an utterly lovely -- though brutal at points & heartbreaking at other points -- book, possibly the loveliest I've read since my last Guy Gavriel Kay excursion.

Key points of The Odyssey are retold (possibly reclaimed) by a very NOT-minor minor goddess, in first person and with complete honesty. Speaking from a mythology from an ancient culture that did not value women highly, the witch/sorceress Circe turns the tables on narrative expectations and brings not only herself, but many other "minor" female characters (and monsters!) into the spotlight.

There is a definite revisionist flavor to this one, but the politics never get in the way. Highly recommended for lovers of mythology, prose poetry, and/or writers like Mary Renault.

The Audible version is narrated by Perdita Weeks, who sounds exactly as one would expect a Perdita Weeks to sound. YMMV, but I was very glad I spent a credit to enhance my experience.

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I am very happy to announce that speculative fiction webzine Abyss & Apex #66 is up,
with an extensive poetry TOC:

Introduction to Poetry Issue 66 by John C. Mannone
“The Song of Unknown Night” by Hongri Yuan
“To Watch the World Burn” by Jason Harris
“Rebellion” by Genevieve DeGuzman
“A City Built On Bones” by Ann Schwader
"Oatk Ash, and Crow" by Rebecca Buchanan
“The Honored” by WC Roberts
“Paul Bunyan and the Whirlwind Mountain” by Gabriel Ertsgaard
“La Belle a la Bête” by Brittany Hause
“Tea Leaves” by Hilary Biehl
“Zojaj” by Sheikha A.

My villanelle "A City Built On Bones"
was inspired by the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, plus a healthy helping of Atzec mythology.
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