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xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths Paperback – September 24, 2013
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“Bernheimer . . . does a fantastic job of selecting stories—ranging from archaic and straightforward to contemporary and experimental—without repeating tone or genre. . . . xo Orpheus reads like a dream encyclopedia in which well-known faces become shuffled, obscured and reset in new surroundings. . . . Fans of mythology should have plenty of room for getting lost.” —Time Out New York
“Vastly entertaining . . . Fascinating . . . A brilliant showcase of current talent within the short story . . . From Norse, Greek, and Roman myths to Native American coyote myths, there is something for everyone to read in this anthology, and it is definitely a must-read.” —San Francisco Book Review
“In this searing yet ebullient collection, contemporary authors and one graphic artist move beyond merely updating classic myths of multiple cultures by performing gut-rehabs while maintaining the stark, terrifying moments of fate-altering choices. . . . The form is as inventive as the content. . . . Edith Hamilton, the great classicist who made Greek mythology accessible, is officially put on notice by this explosive anthology.” —Booklist, starred review
“Enthralling . . . A courageously wild declaration of a new beginning for the world's oldest form of storytelling . . . Bernheimer reignites the world of myth in her ingenious new anthology.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fascinating . . . Beautiful . . . It’s proof that the old relationship [between myth and literature] is still vital to human life.” —The Portland Mercury
“A visceral, many-faceted collection of retold myths. Bernheimer shows a deft and cohesive touch in the stories she has chosen here; it is a beautiful, sometimes sad and harrowing collection.” —Shelf Awareness
Top Customer Reviews
Reading fifty new myths sounds like a daunting task, and the book carries a certain amount of heft. But the beauty of a collection is that you can start anywhere. I flipped through and found that two of my favorite authors were represented and immediately checked out their tales.
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For the first half of the book, I couldn't wait to find out what experience each story held. Each story encourages the reader to read the next, and I was devouring them. However, this is a fairly hefty anthology - about 576 pages. For the second half, I found myself needing to set the book aside after a few stories, read something completely different, and then come back to it. Not out of boredom or anything like that, but more out of wanting to keep the reading fresh. As varied as these stories are, they do have the common theme of mythology, which, in its own way, can be a very specific kind of tale.
I absolutely loved the brief commentary each writer gives at the end of their work, giving insight into his or her source of inspiration, train of thought, etc. It was like having program notes for each piece. Truly fascinating.
I didn't realize there was a previous collection, so I'm going to be sure to grab a copy of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. Readers who enjoy magical realism in their fiction (to varying degrees) will not want to miss out on xo Orpheus.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
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Fast shipping and in great condition. Good book for a great price!Published 1 month ago by Thalia S
Loved it. Another great adult set of short and interesting stories, unique and satisfying.Published 15 months ago by Toni K. Williams
I have the first book from this editor, and I bought this one as a fun alternative to the old Greek Myths. It is perfect.Published on June 24, 2014 by Katrina Burgess