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The Song of Orpheus Paperback – May 3, 2010
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The writing in Orpheus is fluid and sharp, with vivid descriptions not bogged down by author indulgence. In this very erotic retelling, the sex is hot, and at the same time you really feel for Eurydice. Kitt does a great job of bringing these characters to life.
- lovely reimagining of the tale, it is for the most part based on the myths as they handed down to us in the present, with a little happy ever after at the end. That certainly isn't present in the standard versions.
- Raunchy sex scenes are very well written; this might be where the author is most skillful.
- the writing is uneven. In some parts the characters sound like middle schoolers, at one point Eurydice called her friend 'Mrs. God of Beekeeping' in reference to her friend's feelings for, you guessed it, the God Of Beekeeping. Reminds me of how pre-teens would write their name with their crush's last name or something. There is a lot of cringe-worthy bantering in this story.
- The main characters are unappealing. There's Eurydice, from whose POV this story is being told in the third person. She's so beautiful everyone wants to jump her bones. As if that wasn't hard to relate to already, she's also an airhead. Seriously. There's a lot of stress on the fact that Orpheus is immortal, but she is mortally afraid of him dying when he's off questing with Jason and the Argonauts. All she ever does is cry and sigh and wait for the men to show up. And don't get me started on how when she was lonely with Orpheus away, she starts getting it on with her husband's brother. She literally LICKS HONEY OFF HER HUSBAND'S BROTHER'S THIGH. She has no business doing that, considering HE IS INVOLVED WITH HER BEST FRIEND. When her husband returns, she is feeling conflicted about him and his brother. At this point she practically DESERVES a snakebite. Orpheus is no better. There is no dimension to him other than he sings and f*cks well. And that's about it. Kind of strange considering the myth is about Orpheus, but we get almost nothing from him. His brother Aristaeus gets more exposure than he does.
- Couldn't care less about the secondary love story between Melina and Aristaeus. Eurydice says they are in love, but from what is written it doesn't look like love. It looks like Aristaeus wants to sow his oats before he gets married, and then have more of that even when he's married. Aristaeus even says Melina isn't a real prospect because she's mortal. Not the makings of a fine romance.
All in all, this story could have been better. This would have been a one star except for the erotic scenes. The surprise BDSM with the blue scarf was a no-no though.
Eurydice is a water nymph, which is forever tied to her stream. She cannot go far from it or face death. This makes her very sad for what man would want to settle down close to a stream forever? She meets Orpheus at a three day shindig to marry off one of his brothers. She hears his voice from across the way and immediately becomes entranced. That is the voice, her forever voice. When Eurydice moves to Orpheus’s music, he cannot help but to fall under her spell.
They have a lot of trials and tribulations to go through which includes, but not limited to, medalling brothers, a quest, time and distance, and even death.
I did have a bit of an issue with the names of the characters at the beginning. You are introduced to a large number of odd names in a short amount of time. With that said, as the story progressed it was easier to follow the names and place them with the right person. There were a couple of grammatical issues but not enough to be distracted from the story line. Other then that I very much enjoyed The Song of Orpheus and look forward to more.