Review: Hades: Lord of the Dead

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Another graphic novel for you. I know, I know. I’ve been reviewing a lot of these. Here’s the deal. First, I just want to review new books here (otherwise I’d be giving myself way to much work to do). Second, I only want to review books I think guys will like. It just so happens that most of the graphic novels and less of the novel novels I’ve been reading off of NetGalley fit these requirements. So. I’ll always review novels, too, if they seem right for the blog.

Hades is the fourth volume in a great series by George O’Connor about the Greek gods and goddesses of Olympus. He has previously written/drawn about Zeus, Athena, and Hera (Mrs. B has Zeus and Athena in the library; I have Athena in Room 3–I hope to get the others soon). Mr. O’Connor’s style is to introduce his subjects through the retelling of a few of the many myths surrounding them.

The stories are great, filled with mayhem, lies, explosions, battles. And, if you’re a Percy Jackson fan, it is great to be able to learn about the gods and goddesses Rick Riordan references so often in his books. I’m sure Mr. O’Connor didn’t exactly plan it this way, but these graphic novels are a perfect companion to Mr. Riordan’s series. Full of great background information.

Hades is no exception when it comes to thrills, with kidnapping, murder, deception, and even cannibalism. Aside from a wonderful  description of “what happens to you when you die” (Not morbid at all! I promise!), it contains just one story, that of his abduction of his wife, Persephone. What follows is insight not just into the mind of Hades, but also Persephone and her mother, the goddess Demeter. It’s sort of like this volume is three gods for the price of one. Mr. O’Connor even states in his Author’s Note that it’s almost more of a story of Demeter, but that Dememter: Goddess of the Harvest just didn’t have the appeal he was looking for.

By the way, when you read these books, you’ve got to check out Mr. O’Connor’s “Geek Greek Notes.” They’re full of great information, and plenty of jokes.

Hades is a worthy addition to O’Connor’s Olympians series. I’ll definitely be looking to add a copy to the Room 3 graphic novel library as soon as I can get a hold of one.

Keep reading!

Hades: Lord of the Dead  [Olympians #4]

By George O’Connor

80 pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Greek mythology

Source: NetGalley

This book is scheduled for release on January 31, 2012.

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