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Posted: Sun May 19th, 2013, 5:45 pm
by annis
Another couple to add to the list are Kerry Greenwood's Cassandra, which covers the siege and fall of Troy, and its sequel Electra, which deals with the aftermath. Although I think Medea is the best of Greenwood's Delphic Women trilogy (soon to be reissued) these two are also vivid and original. Although very much of their time in their feminist perspective, Greenwood's novels are not wishy-washy tales at all, but full of blood, sex, squabbling gods and ancient mysteries.

As I said elsewhere, it's interesting to make a comparison with MZB' Firebrand, written around the same time, which is much heavier and more melodramatic in tone.

Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2013, 3:40 pm
by lauragill
[quote=""annis""]Another couple to add to the list are Kerry Greenwood's Cassandra, which covers the siege and fall of Troy, and its sequel Electra, which deals with the aftermath. Although I think Medea is the best of Greenwood's Delphic Women trilogy (soon to be reissued) these two are also vivid and original. Although very much of their time in their feminist perspective, Greenwood's novels are not wishy-washy tales at all, but full of blood, sex, squabbling gods and ancient mysteries.

As I said elsewhere, it's interesting to make a comparison with MZB' Firebrand, written around the same time, which is much heavier and more melodramatic in tone.[/quote]

I'm waiting for Electra to be reissued; it's on my TBR list.

Posted: Fri May 24th, 2013, 2:39 am
by annis
Electra is very much a continuation of Cassandra - Greenwood plays with the legend, changing the story so that while Cassandra is believed to have been killed with Agamemnon, in fact she escapes with the help of friends and goes on the run with Electra and her young brother Orestes.