Downfall of the Gods Hardcover – Special Edition, March 31, 2016
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- Publisher : Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover edition (March 31, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596067551
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596067554
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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That journey is the heart of this novella: all things are possible for the gods, but that doesn't mean without consequence. A simple story that wrestles with class structure, privileged entitlement and more. The ending was a bit abrupt for such weighty themes, but overall it was a good read.
I suspect that most fantasy readers when they see a story about “gods” think of things like the Thor comics/movies. This isn’t that- at all. “Downfall of the Gods” was like re-visiting my youth as a geek (not the cool kind) who studied Latin and Greek/Roman mythology in high school and college. It reminded me VERY strongly of stories from mythology, but, thankfully, with modern language.
Told from the viewpoint of a petulant, childish goddess, “Downfall of the Gods” it is the story of the journey she inflicts on the human Archias who needs her forgiveness in order to avoid hell. Forgiveness which she was obligated to give but petulantly denied. From the vain, vindictive goddesses of the Judgement of Paris to the trials of Ulysses and Hercules, it is astonishingly like those stories from mythology.
DOTG is also thoughtful and thought provoking. I think what resonated with me most was the discussion of unintended consequences- particularly when you’re “all powerful”. So if you are looking for something very original- but also very, VERY classic :)- I do recommend this.
What I thought: I have more than a passing familiarity with, and appreciation for, Greek and Roman mythology, and this story combines elements of those liberally, and with some inventiveness and snarky humor. Parker’s The Last Witness was my favorite of the thirty-one 2015 novellas I read, and this story makes it clear that his skill in that one was not a one-off or an accident. This is on my Hugo nomination longlist. (Caveat: Readers who expect faithfulness to classical mythology will be disappointed.)