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In the book world, retellings are new versions of old stories—plot lines that are given a new take. While classic literature will always be significant, it can somehow be daunting and intimidating for some readers. However, retelling old stories in new ways by making it more relevant and relatable that fit contemporary needs could be more attractive for readers, especially teens and children.
Authors often include a modern twist, setting, or shed new light to characters’ perspectives; then they become stories that breathe fresh air into the known. From Odyssey to Beauty and the Beast, Fully Booked is offering a 15% discount for a minimum purchase of Php 1000 from the Stories Retold collection at Fully Booked Online from November 22 to 26, 2021.
If you are unsure what to pick up next, we have rounded up retellings that would be an awesome addition to your to-be-read list. Here are 8 books that found new relevance in old tales.
A shimmering and effortlessly elegant novel, Ariadne forges a new epic—a retelling of the Theseus and the Minotaur story, aligning with Ariadne’s perspective. Hypnotic, propulsive, and utterly transporting, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne forges a new epic, one that puts the forgotten women of Greek mythology back at the heart of the story, as they strive for a better world.
Women of Troy by Pat Barker
Pat Barker’s Women of Troy follows the story of Briseis and the other women of Troy who are taken as slaves when the Trojan Horse infiltrates the walls of the city. Masterful and enduringly resonant, ambitious and intimate, The Women of Troy continues an extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest classical myths, following on from the critically acclaimed The Silence of the Girls.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, Circe is born. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Daring, dazzling, and spellbinding, Madeline Miller does it again with her second novel, Circe, as she gives an unforgettable and masterful feminist take on a classical myth.
In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl becomes the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen. Daughter of Sparta is a reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. In her debut novel, Claire M. Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.
Soman Chainani, the bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil, respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales is an enchanting and haunting compilation of tales as old as time.
Chainani shared with Fully Booked that his latest novel is a new survival guide to life, “These [retellings] are primal stories. Fundamental building blocks not just to our culture, but to our understanding of storytelling. They will never go away. But we need to reinvent them! That’s what this book is. An attempt to rewrite them in a way that will make them useful to us.”
A need for all mythology bookworms! An encyclopedic A-to-Z guide that offers a comprehensive and engrossing guide to Greek and Roman mythology, this beautifully illustrated volume offers hundreds of rich, fascinating definitions of 700 major and minor characters, creatures, and places of classic mythology. In addition to being an important standalone work, Classical Mythology A-to-Z is also written, designed, and illustrated to serve as an essential companion to the bestselling illustrated 75th-anniversary edition of Mythology by Edith Hamilton
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"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
#1 New York Times Bestseller -- named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self, Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
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An encyclopedic A-to-Z guide, this beautifully illustrated volume offers hundreds of rich, fascinating definitions of 700 major and minor characters, creatures, and places of classical mythology.
Classical Mythology A-to-Z is a comprehensive and engrossing guide to Greek and Roman mythology. Written by Annette Giesecke, PhD, Professor of Classics and Chair of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Delaware, this brilliant reference offers clear explanations of every character and locale, and captures the essence of these timeless tales.
Get Classical Mythology A to Z: An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places (Hardcover) by Annette Giesecke and other mythology and folklore books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.
New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.
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A mesmerizing debut novel for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe.
Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid’s stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice.
When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne’s decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Phaedra, the beloved younger sister she leaves behind?
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In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.
Guided by Artemis's twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.
Get Daughter of Sparta, Book 1 (Hardcover) by Claire Andrews and other young adult books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More
A daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it—an extraordinary follow up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy.
Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war—including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean.
Get The Women of Troy: A Novel, Book 2 (Hardcover) by Pat Barker and other mythology books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More