Take-offs and mashups using mythology as a starting point for YA novels has been a recent trend that shows no signs of abating and the fantasy genre is quickly diversifying its mythology base. More diverse myths are being brought to the attention of readers and movie goers everywhere and McLure has plenty of titles for you that will keep you in the know when it comes to these myths and legends.
Now that the Dog Days of Summer are over and we are all ready to cozy up with warm drinks and good books that are perfect for those long winter nights, why not cozy up with the imaginative series based on Egyptian, Norse, Chinese, and Middle Eastern myths that are in McLure library?
Middle Grade author, Rick Riordan made his name retelling the Perseus, Greek demi-god myths, in the Percy Jackson series.
That series has been followed by two other series; The Kane Chronicles, based on Egyptian mythology, that consists of three titles,
Red Pyramid Throne of Fire Serpent’s Shadow
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The novels were quickly followed by the graphic novel version of these titles. Mclure has two of them with the third due to be published soon.
Red Pyramid: Throne of Fire:
The Graphic Novel The Graphic Novel
Riordan has also done a series featuring those fiery gods of the North. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, based on Norse mythology, that currently stands at two titles, with the third that was just published in October.
Sword of Summer Hammer of Thor
PZ7.R4829 Sw 2015 PZ7.R4829 Ham 2016
The successful conversion of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods novel to the small screen world of TV is a modern retelling of Norse mythology for adults. The UA libraries doesn’t have that particular novel, but McLure Library has Anansi Boy’s, the sequel to American Gods. Anansi Boys is based in the myths of West Africa and the West Indies. So if you like Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy in American Gods, check him out in a starring role in his own book: Anansi Boys. It was listed for the Alex Award (Adult books suitable for Young Adults) in 2006 and is at McLure in the School Library Collection.
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McLure doesn’t have Neil Gaiman’s current best seller Norse Mythology, (that is at Gorgas library) but we have a beautifully illustrated version of both Egyptian and Norse Mythology done by well known YA and children’s author Donna Jo Napoli. The amazing colored illustrations are accompanied by brief explanations of each of the major Egyptian and Norse Gods that make looking at these books a real pleasure for these long winter evenings.
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All of these books are in the McLure Library School Library collection located in the basement of McLure Library. If you would like to read any of these books call 348 – 6346 or 348-1508 and we will put it on hold for you. Or you can come to McLure and see what other fantastic reading we have on our shelves.