An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

Things I knew before reading the book:
It’s very gay

Things I knew after reading the book:
It sucks to be a woman in the Iliad*
I know nothing about the Iliad

Tumblr did me better when it made me read The Secret History.


I’ve been trying to fill the void The Queen’s Thief series left in my life, and I thought TSoA (combined with several other things) might do it. The prose is too flowery for my taste and

the change from past tense to present tense at the end was definitely noticeable. It pulled me out of the story for a couple of pages. Miller does pretty successfully kill off her first person narrator though. So that's something.

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I am currently feeling inspired to read The Iliad (whether I actually follow through or not remains to be seen… there are so many translations and my branch of the library doesn’t have the one I want to read and it’s risky placing a hold since I could get the “wrong” translation if someone’s not paying attention).


*Briseis is the best character and where's my book about her?