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30-Day Book Challenge: Day 18

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

18. A book that disappointed you


I'm pretty easy-to-please when it comes to fiction about The Trojan War. An author really has to get it wrong to piss me off (looking at you, David Gemmell, with your cheap and lazy iconoclasm) or make me want to DNF it out of sheer boredom.


Congratulations, Miss Miller.


With Gemmell, I adjusted expectations when I realized that his trilogy was ridiculous historical fantasy (despite being labeled as historical fiction). Miller's seemed more "as advertised" and it was some of the most excruciating Blah I've ever read. The ratings and raves? They lie.


If I wanted to read schmoopy vanilla slash told in elementary prose, I can get it by the buttload on the internet for free.


A somewhat strong start, I'll admit, but maudlin, stale dreck for the rest of it. I finished it - barely - with a feeling of being severely underwhelmed.