Circe

Circe

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316556347
0316556343
Characteristics: 393 pages : map ; 25 cm

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Circe follows the banished witch daughter of the Titans as she practices her powers for an inevitable conflict with one of Olympus’s most vindictive gods. I found myself pondering motherhood, mortality, and feminism. For readers of historical and mythological drama or anyone who loves a strong fe... Read More »

"Circe follows the banished witch daughter of the Titans as she practices her powers for an inevitable conflict with one of Olympus’s most vindictive gods. I found myself pondering motherhood, mortality, and feminism. For readers of historical and mythological drama or anyone who loves a str... Read More »


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kaharrison
May 25, 2018

A compelling "autobiography" of a lesser goddess from 'The Odyssey' . She is very like us, but not. The author brings her to life as though she were someone we had met - and either liked, or maybe not. Recommended to aficionados of Greek mythology.

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Needlz
May 23, 2018

Oh man, where do I even begin? I'm in the minority here, seeing how everyone is showering Circe with love and praise.

First off, I loooovveee Greek Mythology but this book had no viciousness, no passion, no catalyst, no pressure or desire, nothing! Circe was a bland, dispassionate protagonist who made me feel nothing for her. Second, there were far too many character introductions that did nothing to move the story forward, a few name drops here, a banishment there, the most engaging character was the pet lioness.

I'm so entirely disappointed. This reads like the author had a checklist and as long as each box was ticked off, the story didn't matter. Over all, this book is slow, has no definite plot and is just... well, boring. I was expecting so much more. At the middle of the book I found myself wanting to scream "Where's the powerful greek witch who scorns anyone who wrongs her that I've been dreaming of?!" And she just never arrived.

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talymarie
May 19, 2018

I read the book in two days! It is that riveting and page-turner. I truly recommend the book if you like Greek mythology, if you enjoyed the percy jackson series. Definitely recommend this book!

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lola_jane
May 10, 2018

This book has it all: multi-dimensional characters, engaging plot, beautiful writing, and evocative setting. I have only a basic knowledge of Greek myth so you don't need to be familiar with the subject to enjoy. Highly recommended.

DBRL_BriannaD May 08, 2018

I finished this book about a week ago, and yet it feels like it's been one of my favorite books for so much longer than that. There are some books that you feel you've known all your life, and "Circe" is one of those for me. As a Classics and mythology lover, I happily fell into Miller's world. It is unbelievably refreshing to hear Homer's familiar stories told from the perspective of Circe. Miller treats her characters with a great respect for the classical tradition, even as she delves into a study of their humanity and complexity that Homer and other ancient authors only hinted at. I don't want to give anything away, but I can assure you that even if you're very familiar with mythology and "The Odyssey," Miller will still manage to surprise you. "Circe" is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it!

TechLibrarian May 07, 2018

What a treat! I heard a few other folks mention this book, and I love Greek and Roman mythology, so I figured it would be up my alley. The nice surprise was the author's ability to make these ancient stories new again. This book would be an excellent book club pick or beach read, as it's smart but engaging. I am now going to have to read the author's previous book, Song of Achilles, though I doubt I will like it as much!

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Activevoice
May 07, 2018

This book was so much fun to read. The Author, Madeline Miller, is a classics scholar and is clever enough to view the whole pantheon of Gods through the eyes of her protagonist, Circe. And what an interesting pair of eyes. I turned to my Edith Hamilton, “Mythology” a couple of time to get the characters and stories straight but then at the end of Miller’s book is a “Cast of Characters.” If you don’t know your Gods and Goddesses then this is helpful but, of course, gives many of the plot developments away.

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JenGee_1
May 03, 2018

I adored this book. Similar to her first title, “Song of Achilles” in terms of tone, “Circe” tells the story of the mythological Titan witch. A fantastic novel that deals with family issues and feminist themes, I highly recommend this for anyone with an interest in Greek mythology or just an excellent story.

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lindseyanderson
Apr 28, 2018

I treasure "The Song of Achilles" so I was prepared to love this book, and I was not disappointed. It was so deliciously good! Miller's language is musical. It's elevated. It's my catnip. There's just something about her writing that speaks to me. Her retellings are rich with magic, myth, and ancient history. This tale of Circe, the misunderstood witch from Homer's Odyssey, reinforces what I've always known: The Greek gods are jerks, and so is Odysseus. I always felt that Circe had a raw deal (like most women in Greek mythology and literature), but the intimacy of this book transformed her into a fully fleshed character. I'm aching to read whatever Madeline Miller publishes next.

As I often do when I can, I switched back and forth between text and audio when reading this book. Perdita Weeks' smooth narration bolsters what is already a vibrant story.

LPL_PolliK Apr 18, 2018

An incredible, beautiful book. From the author of "Song of Achilles" comes the story of Circe, daughter of the Titan, Helios, yet outcast among the immortals. Circe is given a few lines in the Odyssey, but Miller shows Circe deserve to have her voice heard. Gorgeous descriptions and compelling characters will suck you in and make you skip your bedtime to keep reading!

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