Okay well that was painfully sad. Not gonna lie but I was kind of hoping for a happier ending. Foolish I know! :•(
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Which book do you think is better: Ariadne or A Thousand Ships? I’m looking for a mythology-inspired book that doesn’t trash the Gods that I can read on the plane.
I’m still in the middle of Ariadne so it’s hard to say but I think if you’re worried about the gods being trashed you might prefer Ariadne. The gods are presented as kind of cruel in the beginning bc Ariadne talks a lot about mythology but Dionysus doesn’t seem to be depicted that way. However he was just introduced so idk the full scope of his character yet.
I personally loved A Thousand Ships but some might not be too happy with the depictions of the gods. I didn’t mind it and actually found the chapter about Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena to be very amusing. But again I can see how others would think differently. The good thing about A Thousand Ships tho is that it focuses heavily on the mortal women so it’s not like the depictions of the gods are a constant bombardment. (I did post some examples from the Golden Apple chapter if you’d like to see a lil bit of depictions. You should be able to find it under the #a thousand ships tag)
I think it also depends on which set up you’d prefer. Ariadne moves like any other novel mostly focusing on Ariadne’s point of view but also jumping to Phaedra’s every so often. A Thousand Ships tells many stories within one larger story that is the Trojan War, each chapter being from a different woman or goddess’s point of view.
Ultimately I think they are both great books and you really can’t go wrong with either!
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Omgs Dionysus finally showed up and I think I’m in love!
Favorite line so far is Dionysus turning to Acoetes and goes “We are in the presence of a princess!” (Obviously talking about Ariadne)
And Ariadne and Acoetes like “Omgs it’s Dionysus!” And Dionysus is like “Yayy! New friends! Let’s drink wine and tell stories!”
I’m dying! 🤣🤣🤣🤣
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Just finished Ariadne, unsure of what to do with my life now
I knew it wasn’t going to have a happy ending. It’s a retelling of a Greek myth, there are no happy endings. But I got so attached to Ariadne.
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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur - Minos's greatest shame and Ariadne's brother - demands blood every year.
When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods - drawing their attention can cost you everything.
In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne's decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover's ambition?
I am not quite sure how I feel about Ariadne. Though I enjoyed the story, which is beautifully written, I found Ariadne to be quite a passive character, compared to her sister Phaedra, where I am in agreement with @writing.and.rambles’s review, that Phaedra’s story felt more compelling. I appreciated how Phaedra took more control - as much as she could - of her life in Athens, where I felt that Ariadne did not.
But it did show how the two sisters dealt with the horror and trauma of their past in different, but no less acceptable and understandable ways. I wish that the relationship of the two sisters was explored more in the book, because those where the parts which I enjoyed reading the most.
If you liked reading the Silence of the Girls, you will enjoy this book. I would give it 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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I would be Medusa, if it came to it, I resolved. If the gods held me accountable one day for the sins of someone else, if they came for me to punish a man’s actions, I would not hide away like Pasiphae. I would wear that coronet of snakes and the world would shrink from me instead.
-Ariadne, by Jennifer Saint
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Reseña sin spoilers de "Ariadne" de la autora Jennifer Saint!
Ariadne by: Jennifer Saint
Ariadne by: Jennifer Saint
A telling of the life of Ariadne with nothing powerful to show for it
I want to preface this by saying I did enjoy the book I enjoyed it as a single read only, but I did enjoy it.
I love Greek myth, I’m not sure who didn’t grow up at least a little interested in it. As a result, when I saw this book and it’s simple yet gorgeous cover, I fell in love.
The story of the minotaur is always told…
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I finished American Gods this morning and it was SO GOOD!! If you haven't read anything by Neil Gaiman what is wrong with you I highly recommend this book or any of his other ones. (Graveyard Book is also awesome)
Book Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Genre: Adult Fantasy/Mythology
I liked this book. I was hoping for more, but it was an alright book.
I love mythology, and I have been into Greek mythology for a long time. So when I heard a retelling of Ariadne, a story about her and the minotaur and Theseus, I was so down. But unfortunately, it was a bit of a letdown for me.
Like I said before, I did like this book. I thought it was interesting, I liked hearing the story from Ariadne’s voice. I had forgotten a lot of her tale, so that was fun to rediscover. And I thought the story was good overall, how it was told, what it went into. There were a lot of great themes used as well.
However, I wished there had been more with the minotaur. This may just be me, but I wanted to delve deeper into that. I felt like all that was over too fast, and it kind of disappointed me. And at times, I found myself a little bored.
This is a good story, and one that should be told and read. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that. I had only wanted more.
Books I Read In May
The Goal by Elle Kennedy. as the fourth book in the off-campus series, this novel follows tucker & sabrina after they had a meaningless one-night stand. just like the other parts in this series, elle kennedy has an amazing way of establishing characters and relationships. even though a pregnancy-trope isn't what I usually go for, this was incredible! What a way to end the off-campus series.
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. rob & megan are both unpopular - but for very different reasons. when meg and rob get paired up for a calculus project, they have an instant connection and have to fight to keep up the walls they've built around them. this was a re-read while I was waiting for a book delivery and I loved it just as much as the first time around. brigid kemmerer just has a way of creating incredible characters and even though this was ya fiction, the characters had a depth to them that you usually find in contemporary fiction.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint. this is a greek mythology retelling of the story of ariadne, the princess of crete, who is torn between betraying her family or saving her love's life. while I enjoyed reading this book, there was something lacking for me. with the other greek mythology retellings I've read, I felt a deeper emotional connection with the characters, whereas in this one, it felt a bit too shallow for me. still beautifully written!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. when lydia, the favourite child of the lee family, is found dead, her family struggles to keep up their perfect image to the outside; all while trying to find out what happened to lydia. this book, just as 'little fires everywhere', blew me away. the writing in this is impeccable. the way celeste ng builds up and constructs family dynamics is amazing and makes you appreciate the writing in this even more. a wonderful novel.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. this book left me speechless after I finished it. it follows the rise and fall of the rock band 'daisy jones & the six' in the 70s and is written in an interview-style way, which gives you insights into all the characters feelings much quicker than a standard novel does. It was so clever, so emotional and just so FUN!! I highly recommend and cannot wait for the tv adaption that amazon prime is producing. definitely a favourite of this year!
Normal People by Sally Rooney. the story follows connel and marianne's unusual but magical connection through high school and college, where life constantly brings them back together & tears them apart again. it's been a long time since I've felt so conflicted about a novel. while reading this, I thought the story had so much potential that didn't spark in the book. many scenes felt a bit too shallow at points, where the show (which i started watching simultaneously) really conveyed the emotions I felt were lacking in the novel. I think this might be the only book where I prefer the show over the book. however, the characters grew extremely close to my heart and I thought the idea behind this was brilliant. this is definitely worth your time, as a novel or as the show!
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. when 26-year old emira gets accused of kidnapping the girl she babysits, her employer alix and emira go on a crash course that flips their worlds on its head. while I struggled to get into the story at first, the more I read the more I loved it! however, I was a bit disappointed by the way the story ended and the characters were painted as plain, one-dimensional villain and hero in the end. because they seemed like such complex characters throughout the whole story, the ending didn’t really match that in my opinion.
Much Ado About You by Samantha Young. after being stood up at both a date and her work, evie decides to take a vacation managing a bookshop in england for a month, but while she is there, she meets handsome bachelor roane and is torn between staying and leaving to resume her life in chicago. while the story was super cute, that’s all there was to it in my opinion... I usually love samantha young’s books but this wasn’t my favourite.
Shipped by Angie Hockman. graeme and henley, two co-workers, are up for a promotion and are sent on a cruise their company offers to polish the marketing offers. I liked the setting in a tropical place and the talk about sustainability, but the actual romance in this book didn't really catch me. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that it extremely reminded me of 'the hating game' (enemies to lovers, co-workers etc...) and I couldn't meet the story without any prejudices.
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. it was okay, but I am not a big fan of modernism, so that is probably why I didn't like it too much.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. a great insight into our brain focuses and thinks. I enjoyed it!
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Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Ariadne checked a lot of boxes for me- I adore Greek Myth retellings, Theseus and the Minotaur is one not often explored, and seeing it from the POV of Ariadne, a women regarded often as a footnote in the stories of men, made it all the more compelling, and just as tragic.
We follow Ariadne's entire life- her upbringing, her siblings, her brief but very literally life-altering time with Theseus, her time with Dionysus, and how the decisions of men men men changed/ruined/destroyed everything.
This book is overall well written, but it didn't elicit an emotional connection with me the way I was hoping it would. While I did love being immersed in the vivid world Saint built, the story was almost so constantly tragic I mostly wanted it to be over. That said, Jennifer Saint is an author to watch, and I'll definitely be interested in whatever is next.
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[2021|033] Ariadne (2021) written by Jennifer Saint
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The story of a princess, a sister, a mother, this is an engaging retelling of Greek mythology that I totally recommend if, like me, you’re interested!
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Behind him, the sky ignited into a glorious sunset. It felt like this moment was something I could grasp on to; I had somehow found safe ground here, in the place I thought would strip my flesh away and bleach my bones.
-Jennifer Saint, Ariadne
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The cold green of his eyes. Like the shock of the chill waters when the seafloor drops away unexpectedly beneath your feet and you realize that you have swum out far beyond your depth.
Jennifer Saint, Ariadne
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Why must the female lead spurn any and all relationships with men in order for a work to be called “feminist?”
Why does the “feminist” story require her heart to be broken repeatedly just to prove the author’s point?
Is it too much to ask that her story ends in a healthy relationship with a partner who loves and supports her?
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i don’t like the book i got in my book of the month box and i’m actually really pissed off
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“No longer was my world one of brave heroes; I was learning all too swiftly the women’s pain that throbbed unspoken throughout the tales of their feats.”
I’m working through Ariadne by Jennifer Saint this week, and though I’m only at chapter 3, I’m - dare I say - enraptured thus far.
I almost majored in the Classics in college; I love the Iliad and the Odyssey and the Oresteia and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I love the gods and heroes and the ways in which they’re commemorated or revered or scorned or appeased through myth and poetry, art and architecture. From what I understand, Saint uses this novel as an opportunity to take what antiquity AND contemporary society have always viewed as Theseus’s story, or even Minos’s story, and say, “Hey - what if it’s Ariadne’s story? How much of what you think you know is actually based on an incomplete rendering of the full scope of an otherwise constructed narrative?” It’s very “who lives who dies who tells your story” Hamilton vibes. This, for me, is like the book equivalent of a slice of chocolate cake: delectable and exciting and something to delight in and savor.
In one of the Classics classes I took, the entire three hour period was spent poring over and (heatedly) arguing about a single line of Homer that wasn’t even relevant to the context of the poem. That particular experience is actually what convinced me I should not, in fact, major in the Classics. Not that poli sci was much better (lmao), but my point is that Greek and Roman mythology has always been so magical and spellbinding to me. I think at least partially because it puts on full display the aspects of humanity that, in civil society, we’re conditioned to either ignore or hide or pretend we’re not experiencing (i.e., any extreme form of an emotion). Things like rage and passion and revenge and even, to a certain degree, faith.
So a book like Ariadne is honestly right up my literary alley. I’m nervous because my expectations are so high, but I’m going to take my time with this one and really experience it.
Have you read Ariadne? Is it on your list? Do you like the Classics or have a favorite myth?
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