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Arrows of Artemis: Niobe and Chloris Paperback – December 23, 2010
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"It's all here... romance, sex, suspense, violence, mystery, the machinations of the gods ...bring the past to life in a believable and compelling manner."
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About the Author
Alice Underwood studied classics at The University of Texas and Princeton University while earning her degrees in mathematics. Her passion for antiquity has taken her from the shadowed catacombs of Princeton's libraries to the ruins of Pompeii and the sunny shores of Crete and Santorini. Her work has been published in Consortium, Networks, and The Journal of Actuarial Practice. Currently an Executive Vice President at one of the world's top insurance brokerage firms, Alice lives and works in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
One of their favorite tricks is what Viktor Schklovsky called ostranenie: "strangemaking." They'll plop you down in a scene and let you take in its unfamiliar combination of the barbaric and the civilized, and let you get hooked on whatever thing happens to be going on, and only a beat later allow you to realize that you are indeed in the middle of a familiar scene from myth or legend -- the quiz of the Sphinx, the slaughter of the Niobids -- and seeing it for the first time. After enough of this, you realize how conveniently we imagine ancient Greeks as people just like us only costumed. The truth is wilder and weirder, and far more interesting, and the result of seeing it is that we begin to see ourselves for the first time as well.
I especially enjoy the way the authors create such realistic nodes between the rational and the mythical: things that, one sees, can easily be explained by the natural language of a modern novel but are also easily explained by the supernatural language of the mythical mind. Lesser authors would simply use this trick to rob a story of its magic, or explain away some phenomenon; with Underwood and Grossack you feel again and again as if a black-and-white photo has been made into full color.Read more ›
I cannot offer enough accolades for this trilogy. I have not enjoyed mythic fiction so much since reading the works of [author:Mary Renault|38185] to which this trilogy favorably compares. It is not just that these books read easily, bring ancient mythic or legendary figures to life and gives them real personalities, tell interesting and exciting stories, offer page turning fiction, caused me to tear up at least twice... It is also the immense amount of scholarship that went into creating these works. It is also the choices made by the authors where versions of the myths vary in important detail--choices that make for consistency and intrigue in their versions of the stories. One wonders if Victoria and Alice were present during the events in a past life? One hopes the authors are now working on something as wonderful.
These are a must read for anyone interested at all in Greek mythology and lovers of mythic and historical fiction.
As I neared the end of this book, I deliberately read more slowly, because it was the last book I had by Grossack and Underwood. The series has piqued my interest in the myths and the history of that period, and I now want to find out more about what really happened.
I am now eagerly awaiting their next book!
The authors capture the essence of the myths while taking them so much further than the original source material. They manage to create a world of interesting and engaging characters and create a story with an exciting and moving plot. Just some really good story telling. I'm looking forward to reading more of their work.