**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
Title: The Mythic Dream
Author: John Chu, Leah Cypess, Indrapramit Das, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Sarah Gailey, Carlos Hernandez, Kat Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, T. Kingfisher, Ann Leckie, Carmen Maria Machado, Arkady Martine, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, Alyssa Wong, & J.Y. Yang
Edited by: Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Read: August 2019
Rating: 4 Caffeinated Stars
These are dreams of classic myths, bold reimaginings of the stories we tell about gods and kings, heroes who shaped nations, the why and how of the world.
Journey with us to the fields of Elysium and the Midwest, through labyrinths and the space between stars. Witness the birth of computerized deities and beasts that own the night. Experience eternal life through curses and biochemistry.
Bringing together stories from the world over, eighteen critically acclaimed and award-winning authors reimagine myths of the past for the world of today and tomorrow.
The Mythic Dream is one anthology I couldn’t pass up. I have always been fascinated by Greek Mythology, and I was ecstatic to read some retellings of new (to me) and old myths. I actually jumped for joy when NetGalley approved me for this book! This anthology does have some hits and some misses, but for the most part, I enjoyed it. Each myth was a quick bite-size story that kept me turning each page.
The one thing that I loved the most about this book is the fact that it has myths from other cultures. There were some myths that I had never heard of, and that made this anthology even more fun. I thoroughly enjoyed learning what other kids grew up hearing! It was a fun glimpse into their culture.
I also loved how the stories played off of the old myths. Each one brought a unique story that had the heart of the legend at its core. Even when I didn’t know the lore, the story was enjoyable and exciting. Out of the 18 stories here, I only disliked one or two. I will say that my favorites were Live Stream by Alyssa Wong, Phantoms of the Midway by Seanan McGuire, and Kali_Na by Indrapramit Das. I particularly loved Live Stream because it took a real-life issue and incorporated it into the story. It is going to stick with me for a while.
The Mythic Dream is going to be a fantastic book for anyone who loves myths. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants bite-size stories that will have you reimagining the legends you know, and enjoying the new ones with a twist. Did my review convince you to buy this book? If so here are the links to buy your very own copy!
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