Review: The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles by Made­line Miller
My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars

The myth of Achilles is a sto­ry that has fas­ci­nat­ed me ever since I was younger, so it was time for a deep-dive. With­out spoil­ing too much of the sto­ry, I was a bit dis­ap­point­ed that the expec­ta­tion with regards to his heel were not met. I have come to learn that this was added to the sto­ry at a lat­er moment in time and hence might be imag­ined, but so were many oth­er parts of the sto­ry. Appar­ent­ly, hearsay is dif­fi­cult to cor­rect, once it has spread among the pop­u­lous, almost like a (corona)virus of the mind. Hon­est­ly, I liked the well-known end­ing bet­ter, but I appre­ci­ate this more real­is­tic ver­sion of the death of a half-god. For me there was def­i­nite­ly a part in the mid­dle of the book with which I strug­gled and luck­i­ly the pace picked up lat­er on. The fact that the pro­tag­o­nist was such a wuss from the start out might be the cause. All in all, after this, I am look­ing for­ward to read more sto­ries of mythol­o­gy, both Greek and Norse.

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Review: It’s Always Sun­ny in Philadel­phia: The 7 Secrets of Awak­en­ing the High­ly Effec­tive Four-Hour Giant, Today

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today
It’s Always Sun­ny in Philadel­phia: The 7 Secrets of Awak­en­ing the High­ly Effec­tive Four-Hour Giant, Today by The Gang
My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars

There were def­i­nite­ly some humor­ous sec­tions in the book, but over­all it was a mediocre expe­ri­ence. I do like the tele­vi­sion series, but I must admit, I am not the biggest fan out there, so some of the ref­er­ences went over my head. There were also more pop­u­lar cul­tur­al ref­er­ences that I did­n’t get, because I am not an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen and some house­hold names just don’t ring a bell for me.

For me the book would have been a lot bet­ter, if they had removed the quizzes and just added some scripts of episodes that they would­n’t have the time or bud­get for to shoot. I find that it is real­ly easy to imag­ine the char­ac­ters act­ing out their role with their unique voic­es and man­ner­isms. Appar­ent­ly, these are called spec­u­la­tive scripts, but I would have like to read more of those.

Here’s an exam­ple I found on Red­dit: The Gang Goes Veg­an

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