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Athena

Grey-eyed Goddess

O'Connor, George

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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From the moment she emerged, fully grown, from the head of Zeus, Athena was one of the most complex Olympians. This graphic novel retells her many interwoven tales: how she killed Pallas, fought the Gigantes, aided Perseus, and cursed Arachne.

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Publisher: New York ; London : First Second, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596436497
1596436492
9781596434325
1596434325
Branch Call Number: jgn OCONNOR 2010
Characteristics: 76 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm

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More about a favorite goddess to stamp on coins. In fun graphic novel format.

From the moment she emerged, fully grown, from the head of Zeus, Athena was one of the most complex Olympians. This graphic novel retells her many interwoven tales: how she killed Pallas, fought the Gigantes, aided Perseus, and cursed Arachne.


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Dec 11, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another tale of another goddess, this focusing on one of the more unusual divine births.

The Olympian gods rarely had births that were normal or without drama of some sort. But Athena’s was one of the strangest. Warned that he would father a child who would overthrow him (much as he overthrew and destroyed his own father), Zeus decides to take care of the matter by eating the woman who would give birth to the child. Unfortunately, the woman in question didn’t tell him that she was already pregnant… What a “pain” that turned out to be!

Mr. O’Connor has crafted a story of divine proportions, displaying a goddess renowned for wisdom, cunning, strategy and strength. Athena’s tale shows that she must grow into her power and her potential leadership. In a daring move, she initially rejects her father’s desire that she go to Mount Olympus because she knows there is much she needs to learn and accomplish. But, when she feels she’s done so, she becomes his favorite child, one Zeus prefers by his side on Mount Olympus.

Mr. O’Connor adds important touches to his re-telling. His Perseus is valiant and smart, to be sure. But he’s also considerably aided by the gods and is smart enough to take their advice. (Unexpectedly, his bride Andromeda is also shown to be a black woman. This makes perfect sense since she is an Ethiopian and therefore would be dark skinned rather than a fair skinned white girl. But how many illustrated versions of the story would show that?)

The story is a delicate blend between action and quietude. However, while the scenes of violence are grimly portrayed, incidents of amorous congress are often rather tame in comparison, lacking in the passion that must have been present between the participants. (When Zeus visits the trapped Danae, e.g., he is shown merely as a face in a golden puddle held in her hands.) Perhaps this is because the books are intended for younger readers and the author shies away from anything too explicit.

This is grand story of Athena’s journey and well worth its inclusion in Mr. O’Connor’s adaptations.

Jul 09, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Greek mythology

Aug 10, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In form it remains true to the myths, and it is to its benefit that it is told in the way that it is. The Moirai are used as storytellers and this connects the individual stories together nicely. The one thing it is missing, is more examples of her wisdom.

O'Connor consistently packs a lot of story into an affordable package in this series. Here, he deftly weaves together a number of Athena myths, including many that may be little known to the casual reader, without sacrificing action or drama.

Great Book for kids!!!

Jun 12, 2012
  • Sidewinder88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Athena is my favorite goddess. I love the way she was portrayed in this graphic novel. It told the myths in an interesting fashion without changing them around too much. I hope the author writes more of these, I would definitely read them.

Apr 24, 2012
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This entire series by O'conner is excellent. Not just an excellent graphic depiction of greek mythos, but simply good telling of the greek mythos overall.This series is perfect for the child first exploring greek mythology, and for the adult who wants to revisit these myths. The myths are made understandable, but they are not as watered down as they normally are. O'conner does an amazing job balancing the content of the myths within a PG level story so that you really don't lose much of the original story. The conversation is good, it feels real, and has nuggets of other myths inside it. Even if you disagree with his interpretations I think you'll enjoy the work. Read them. Athena was always my favorite goddess and it's good to see her story told so well.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Jul 09, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about Athena.It shows how she is born.It also shows the quest Perseus goes on.He goes on this quest because of Athena.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By this time Athena had claimed her promised throne on Olympus

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