Friday, November 10, 2017

How to Survive an Epic Journey, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

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(Mythic Fantasy) Atalanta was the only woman Argonaut, and her version of the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece is rather different from the one we usually hear, albeit a bit more plausible. (4,592 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

Before you read this, refresh your knowledge of Jason and Atalanta, if you need to.

"How to Survive an Epic Journey," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 19, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Atalanta’s sarcastic commentary on how pedestrian the traditional heroes (particularly Jason) were is consistently funny. My favorite: “Jason, never the quickest ship in the fleet, . . .”

Other bits are sobering. The story of the golden apples is bitter and poignant.

Con: This is told in the style of a tale, and like any tale, it meanders but has no actual plot. Atalanta is never in search of anything but adventure, and she herself isn’t transformed personally either.

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