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Listed: Greek Mythology in Fiction

I LOVE mythology. Especially Greek mythology. Love the stories, the gods and goddesses, the mortals who are going on epic journeys, all that fun stuff! And there are so many awesome books dealing with greek mythology. This list includes a lot of more modern books, but the first on the list is an older one that EVERYONE ought to have.

  1. Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable Written by Thomas Bulfinch. Originally Published 1914. This is a collection of Bulfinch’s works, and was published as a collection after almost 50 years after his death. It is one of the best collections of greek and roman myths and a must-have for any mythology fan.
  2. Psyche in a Dress Written by Francesca Lia Block. Originally Published 2006. I either really like or really dislike Block’s stuff – this is one of the books I loved. What I really loved about this one was that it started as the story of Psyche and Cupid, but then keeps morphing into different stories in mythology.
  3. Orion Written by Ben Bova. Originally Published 1984. Bova’s Orion scifi series has the higher beings (or evolved humans) take on the names of greek gods (and thus creating the gods and goddesses themselves due to time travel).
  4. The Troy Game Written by Sara Douglass. First book originally published 2004. Yay reincarnation and fantasy all surrounding the myth of Ariadne, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. Yay fun!
  5. Celtika Written by Robert Holdstock. Originally Published 2001. While not the best of fantasy novels, I liked how this one blended the myth of Jason and the Argonauts with Arthurian legend (as Merlin is one of the main characters).
  6. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold Written by C.S. Lewis. Originally Published 1956. Another retelling of Cupid and Psyche… which I haven’t actually read yet, but have been wanting to for years and years. Eep!
  7. Thessalonica Written by Harry Turtledove. Originally Published 1997. A story taking place in a world where Greek mythology was the permanent belief until Christianity took over. The greek mythological characters are a large portion of the story, and need to work together with Christians to save their city.
  8. The Lightning Thief Written by Rick Riordan. Originally Published 2005. The first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series. Again, haven’t read it yet. Want to. The story is about a twelve year old boy who is the son of Poseidon. Oh and also, when the movie comes out? Those sexy rain barrels that you see in the movie in a garden centre scene? Come and see me if you want to know where you can get one, cuz I’ve got the lowdown on them.
  9. The Firebrand Written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Originally Published 1986. There are few stories about Troy that I like, because Paris annoys me to extremes. Urgh. But this one has an awesome strong, kick-butt female lead – and THAT always makes a good story.
  10. Oh. My. Gods. Written by Tera Lynn Childs. Originally Published 2009. Again, haven’t gotten around to reading this, but it looks adorable. Going to high school with the greek gods?

And then if you still want more, there’s every single retelling of the Cinderella story, which is pretty much the exact same story as Cupid and Psyche.

What other retellings and such of greek mythology am I missing?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:06 pm August 31, 2009.
Category: Listed

  • Lana

    I thought Oh. My. Gods was cute, definitely worth picking up. And I liked The Firebrand, too.

    A few more you might be interested in:
    -Cupid by Julius Lester is Cupid’s story retold by a Southern minstrel-type narrator

    -Nobody’s Princess & Nobody’s Prize are about Helen of Troy while she was still Helen of Sparta. I found them rather similar in vein to Tamora Pierce’s books (which meant I loved them) so Helen is a kick-butt heroine, and at least in the first book she gets to hang out with Atalanta (more butt-kicking!)

    In my TBR pile I have a retelling of the Theseus story by Mary Renault called The King Must Die; I’ve heard good things about Jo Goodman’s Black Ships, and there’s always Adele Geras’ Ithaka and Troy!

    (I love these sorts of stories :) )

  • Hazra

    Oh, I had been looking for Mythology in fiction and I had no idea where to start. Thanks for the info.

  • linda

    I notice that you did not mention Eva Brann’s, HOMERIC MOMENTS. I believe it is the best book I’ve come across in regards to THE ILIAD ant THE ODYSSEY.
    If you haven’t read it, I suggest you give it a try. It would be good to include it in your list.

  • Carly

    The Dark-Hunter/Dream-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon uses many different Greek gods and some from the Atlantic pantheon. They are romance/action-adventure. I caution young readers, as i cant recall if they were ‘adult’ romance. Good series if you start from the beginning. Especially Acheron.