ODY-C is a space opera retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey, that may sound a bit crazy and weird and it kind of is. Now I haven’t read The Odyssey and only know the tiniest amount of the story so really I was going into ODY-C like it was an original and new story for me. Naturally I probably missed a tonne of the references to The Odyssey but one thing I did find interesting (once I’d got used to it) was that some of the text seems to be almost lifted from The Odyssey. The language of the narrator voice is the sort of thing you read in classics, the formation of the sentences sound old and important. That combined with the speech of the characters, which is more modern and often has swearing in it, is a weird and jarring experience. This was actually my second attempt at reading ODY-C (I tried last year but couldn’t get into it) and I think it was the language styles that was causing me problems. (more…)
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s a simple meme where you just have to answer three questions:
– What are you currently reading?
– What did you recently finish reading?
– What do you think you’ll read next?
This is my first time taking part and I think it’s a great way to share my recent reads as my reviews are always way behind what I’m actually reading.
So here’s my answers!
What am I currently reading?
Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead.
This is the second book in the King Raven trilogy and its focus is on Will Scarlet. I like how it’s told, as it begins with Will in jail and telling his story to a priest as he waits to be hanged after being caught by the Sheriff. I like how you slowly are seeing the events that lead up to his capture.
What did I recently finish reading?
Runaways Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa.
I loved this book. The next chapter in the Runaways lives was just as interesting and heartfelt as the previous volume. There were new characters and old faces and there was a lot of twists and turns too. And what an ending!
What do I think I’ll read next?
I’m not sure. If I feel compelled to finish the trilogy immediately then it’ll be Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead. Otherwise I might take a break from long books and catch up on some comics like Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 by G. Willow Wilson, Elmo Bondoc and Takeshi Miyazawa and ODY-C Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward.
What are you reading at the moment?