Cory O’Brien is somewhat of a modern-day wizard when it comes to helping us understand the world of Ancient Greek and Norse mythology in his book titled Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bulls**t Guide To World Mythology. I came across this book of short stories when it was gifted to me as a birthday present, as a lover of all things even remotely related to Ancient Greece (except you, Percy Jackson movies) I was immediately interested by the book, but was ready to shake it off as just a dumbed down version of classic retellings.
My, was I wrong.
This collection of short stories did something that I’ve never seen before, it takes a classical Greek myth and retells it in just a few pages, in what is quite possibly the thickest stereotypical Essex accent that I’ve ever read. When it says that it gives you a ‘no bulls**t’ guide it really means it! It keeps key aspects of the story but tells it how it is.
I never thought that you would be able to convey such a specific accent using words alone, but I’ve been proven wrong as this book uses caps lock, italics, incorrect spelling, and colourful language in a way that has me in tears.
You can forget about the watered down versions of myths that we read to children, or the long-winded ones you’re made to study at school, in this book there are stories like: ‘Zeus Sticks It to Semele a Little too Hard’, ‘Fenrir is a DILF’, ‘Ra and Skhme, or: How Beer Saved the Universe’, and my personal favourite: ‘Hephaestus Gets D**ked Around a Lot’. The titles really tell you all you need to know about this completely random, and yet hilariously witty collection of short stories.
Honestly, if you are a lover of mythology, swearing, and stories that only take 5 minutes to read then this is definitely the book for you.