Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club
Must Die (1958)
How we each rated this book
10 Wow! Don't miss it
8-9 Highly recommended
5-6 Mild recommendation
3-4 Take your chances
1-2 Below average; skip it
0 Get out the flamethrower!
U Unfinishable or unreadable
- Skipped or no rating given
Mary Renault - The King Must
Mary Renault does an excellent job of bringing the ancient Mediterranean civilization to life. She is able to transform mythic characters, particularly Theseus, into believable flesh and blood human beings. I enjoyed seeing Greek mythology, which we now view simply as an amusing collection of stories, turn into a serious religion through the eyes of Theseus. I appreciated that Renault leaves it open to interpretation whether the gods really are taking an interest in Theseus's adventures.
All of this is admirable throughout the book, but it is only when Theseus arrives at Crete and becomes a bull dancer that the story truly comes to life. From that point, with the pace of the narrative picking up and Theseus beginning to show the leadership skills that would make him famous, I first perceived Theseus's tale as an involving story, not just an interesting history.
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Mary Renault - Wikipedia
The Greek World of Mary Renault
Sparknotes -The King Must Die
Mythography | Review of the Book The King Must Die
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