This was another instance of I Want More (but maybe, a little differently!)
Cory O’Brien retells popular and lesser known myths in a style that reads more “Internet blogging” (all the CAPS) than “published author.” It’s fun and entertaining for the first few, better known, myths but it gets old and makes some of the unfamiliar myths harder to read. There are also a lot of dick jokes.
“So obviously the moral of the story
is that the best way to deal with a rampaging psychopath
is to get them really, really drunk.”
“So the moral of the story
is that God hates vegetarians.”
I knew a lot of the Greek, Egyptian, Norse and Hindu Gods but O’Brien did a good job in selecting lesser known myths with familiar characters. Treating the Judaeo-Christian God and other biblical figure like characters in Greek myths was an intriguing way to retell pretty common bible passages. It was also interesting to discover the Japanese, Chinese and African Gods that most Americans aren’t educated about. As most people who have studied more than one culture will know, people of different backgrounds have similar stories about the creation of the world and O’Brien shares several different examples. I wish he’d devoted more time lesser known cultures and their stories; he also could have skipped the United States mythology- although his explanation of Scientology was pretty funny.
This is an actual religion, guys
made up by an actual dude.
His name is L. Ron Hubbard
and he is actually a science-fiction writer
and he calls this religion SCIENTOLOGY
and this religion makes something like five hundred million dollars a year