Puterile supranaturale – ceva dintotdeauna deopotrivă dezirabile, dar și de ocolit. Cu toate astea, am pune pariu, fără să avem prea mari dubii, că marea majoritate dintre noi, dacă ar avea cum și de unde, ne-am procura niște superputeri. Și să nu credeți vreo secundă că este o dorință recentă, mânată de benzile desenate sau serialele TV. Anticii nutreau și ei o pasiune, dacă o putem spune așa, pentru supraomenesc. Așa că au inventat zeii. Și s-au dovedit a fi niște plăsmuitori foarte buni căci iată că, și după atâtea mii de ani, oamenii încă mai au interes față de posibilele vieți ale coloșilor. De aceea, pe lângă vampiri sexy, vârcolaci adolescenți, călători în timp și super-oameni puși pe acțiune, pe rafturile bibliotecilor și librăriilor se găsesc tot mai multe cărți inspirate de mitologie. Iar noi ne facem acum datoria de a le aduna aici pe cele mai bune dintre ele. Iată mai jos top zece cărți inspirate de mitologie.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper. But then Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny and Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. In Stephen Fry’s vivid retelling we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds. Mythos captures these extraodinary myths for our modern age – in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.
Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break. The war has already begun, an epic struggle for the very soul of America, and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
Tales of dwarfs and frost giants, of treasure and magic, and of Asgard, home to the gods: Odin the all-father, highest and oldest of the Aesir; his mighty son Thor, whose hammer Mjollnir makes the mountain giants tremble; Loki, wily and handsome, reliably unreliable in his lusts; and Freya, more beautiful than the sun or the moon, who spurns those who seek to control her.
For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan war was not a simple business. In Homer’s account in “The Odyssey”, Penelope – wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy – is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: ‘What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?’
Cassandra and Aidan are just your average high-school couple. Or so Cassandra believes. Blissfully unaware that she was once a powerful prophetess, Cassandra doesn’t even know that god exist…Until now. Because the gods are dying – and Cassandra could hold the answer to their survival. But Aidan has a secret of his own. He is really Apollo, god of the sun, and he will do anything to protect the girl he loves from the danger that’s coming for her. Even if it means war against his immortal family…
More than 80 classic myths retold and explained, from early creation beliefs to classical hero narratives and the recurring theme of the afterlife. The latest title in the bestselling Big Ideas series, The Mythology Book explores the compelling worlds and characters depicted in myths and legends.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
Packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. Dustwalk is Amani’s home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan’s enemies are on the rise.
Deja simțim cum puterile magice devin tot mai reale, iar pentru a mai prelungi puțin senzația vă recomandăm și lista romanelor inspirate de basme, altă sursă inepuizabilă de imaginație și referințe. Iar dacă am ratat pe undeva vreun titlu vă așteptăm recomandarea în comentarii.