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    New Books!

    Acquired today.
    Creation myths, nature and fertility myths, the legends of heroes, heroines, monsters, gods and goddesses, myths about the founding and fall of cities, shrines and temples, nations and empires, tales of epic journeys and impossible quests. Stories told, retold, reinvented and rediscovered over millennia, retold one more time, and why not?

    It's been a couple of decades, or three, since I last read Homer, Virgil, Hesiod or Ovid, et al, so now seems like a good time to revisit those stories by other means, through other voices.
    I've no doubt reading these will have me delving back into the Penguin Classics versions, or possibly OUP Classics, in the weeks and months ahead.
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

    #2
    I still have the Robert Graves version waiting to be read...

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      #3
      Originally posted by Ceasar’s Palace View Post
      I still have the Robert Graves version waiting to be read...
      I have a copy of that. I expect I'll be referring to it, along with various Penguin/Oxford Classics I have.
      Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
      Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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        #4
        Arrived today! A goodly haul, with a further five books to arrive on Saturday, all either from or about Ancient Greece and its culture, fueling the little research project I've started.
        Attached Files
        Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
        Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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          #5
          The rest of my book haul has arrived today. 📚📚📖📚
          Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
          Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
            The rest of my book haul has arrived today. 📚📚📖📚
            Blimey. Serous stuff. i think i got as far as Roger Lancelyn Green's retelling of the Trojan Horse.
            Enjoy

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              #7
              Just arrived!
              I'm currently reading Natalie Haynes' superb Children of Jocasta. This one, Stone Blind, has just been published.
              Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
              Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                #8
                New acquisitions today!
                Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                  #9
                  Waiting for me on getting home from würk this evening.

                  I read it originally back in 1979 when it came out, and that was the 'short' version. Now, at 1320 pages, I'm going to (sort of) re-read it in its considerably longer form as published in 1990. I've been wanting to revisit both The Stand and The Shining for a while, and the upcoming Christmas holiday seemed like a good time to dive back in to Stephen KingWorld. However, I may not wait till Christmas with this one.
                  Having seen Blue Öyster Cult a couple of weeks ago, it seemed I was being nudged by nether-world forces towards it picking it up now, and here we are...​
                  Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                  Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                    #10
                    New acquisitions this week. This prose translation of The Odyssey by E.V.Rieu was the very first Penguin Classic in 1946 and was the one I first read back in the early 80s. This edition has been revised by his son in 1991. The only other editions of The Iliad and The Odyssey I have are George Chapman's translations, the first in English, from 1698 and 1715 respectively, as in Keats' sonnet On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer, and later referenced in Genesis' Watcher of the Skies, from where the song's title comes.


                    Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,

                    And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;

                    Round many western islands have I been

                    Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.

                    Oft of one wide expanse had I been told

                    That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;

                    Yet did I never breathe its pure serene

                    Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:

                    Then felt I like some watcher of the skies

                    When a new planet swims into his ken;

                    Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes

                    He star'd at the Pacific—and all his men

                    Look'd at each other with a wild surmise—

                    Silent, upon a peak in Darien.​
                    Last edited by Ash Armstrong; 11-05-2022, 07:01 AM.
                    Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                    Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                      #11
                      Just picked up this tome. Some of it I'm familiar with: Baudelaire particularly, but some of Mallarmé, Apollinaire and Rimbaud too.
                      Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                      Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                        #12
                        still hard at work on my edit on my medieval fantasy book, should be over 600 pages when all is said and done. Then I have to find a literary agent, someone who actually thinks my work is worth this effort gotta get this thing published!
                        The Definitive YES Albums

                        -The Yes Album-Fragile-Close to the Edge-Tales From Topographic Oceans-
                        -Relayer-Going for the One-Drama-90125-Big Generator-Union-Talk-
                        -The Ladder-Magnification-Fly From Here-The Quest-

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                          #13
                          I've acquired some new reading material. I think they're called 'books'.
                          Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                          Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                            #14
                            Penthesilea just dropped by with some gifts...
                            Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                            Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                              #15
                              These just in!
                              Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                              Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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