Top 3 Books About Hercules Retellings

Hercules is the son of Jupiter (Zeus in Greek mythology) and the mortal Alcmene. He is the Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero and is famous for his strength and adventures. People of all ages love this character because of the kindness and braveness of Hercules. I am going to review the top 3 books about Hercules retellings. Let’s start!

1. Go the Distance

This is a twisted tale series. The Twisted Tale series is a series of books published by Disney, where the authors take the original story that we grew up loving but twist it to make an entirely new story. So this one is a Hercules retelling. The story follows Meg, who wants to become a Greek goddess with Hercules. But to do that, she gets told by Zeus that she needs to save her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend from the gates of hell.

You don’t know what will happen, but you’re familiar with the world and its characters. This will be a strength for the author because there’s so much she can do. She doesn’t have to stick to the original story like in Frozen. The story involved many more gods than what we have seen in Hercules in the movie. It is mostly following Hades and Zeus. As someone who loves Greek mythology, that is a nice touch.

The story is very fast-paced, and it is very engaging to read. You will love seeing the interactions between all of the characters. Meg is very strong-headed, so seeing her interact with other characters, it’s always interesting to read about her. If you’re a fan of the series, you will also enjoy it.

Go the Distance

Author: Jen Calonita
Average Customer Review: (4.8 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Fantasy Action & Adventure
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2. Stephen Fry’s Greek Mythology Book Series (Heroes, Mythos & Troy)

It’s Stephen Fry examining and explaining Greek mythology. Chronologically, Mythos comes first, but you can technically read Heroes without reading Mythos. Although reading that one first will fill in some of the blanks of the background information in Heroes, the tone of both books is very conversational. It’s almost like Stephen Fry is telling you the stories of the Greek myths with Hercules over a cup of tea and a bit of cake. Fry’s comments in the narrative, and he paraphrases the dialogue.

Both books extensively use footnotes to help explain context and background. Although footnotes themselves don’t become unwieldy, they’re not too long. There was only a couple of instances where the footnotes went over more than one page. They do help to flesh things out. There are also many exciting notes about how the names of the Greek gods reflect and influence the modern English language, showing how many words have their roots here.

There are many backward and forwards in bite-sized chunks, so there’s never any feeling of cohesive narrative. It makes for a chaotic read. However, Heroes is told more in bigger chunks, with each hero having a story from start to finish before we move on to a different character. If you watch the tory movie, you don’t see divine intervention. You don’t see the gods coming in playing their little parts in what happened to Eliade and Hercules. Troy was formed and how it was formed, and who preamps was. Who exactly is Helen? You learn about how Paris was and who was meant to be gotten rid of.

If you’re someone who’s been wanting to get into mythology, it’s a great place to start. All of these three books they’re stories about hundreds of gods and demigods, and humans. Every story has its beautiful meaning and beautiful message ascribed to it.

Stephen Fry's Greek Mythology Book Series

Author: Stephen Fry
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology Literary Criticism, Ancient Greek History
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3. The 12 Labors of Hercules

The story begins when Hercules goes to Apollo’s Oracle to be forgiven for killing his family. The Oracle told him to perform 10 tasks for the king of Mycenae? The first task was to bring him the height of the Nemean lion. But that lion was invulnerable to weapons. So Hercules had to strangle it. The second task was to kill the Hydra. The Hydra had nine heads, eight mortal, and one immoral. So with the help of his nephew, Hercules had to kill the eight mortal heads and hide the mortal one under a stone.

The third task was to bring back a magical deer. But in the process, Hercules angered Artemis (Goddess of hunting). The fourth task was to bring back the Erymanthian Boar, and Hercules did it successfully. The fifth task was to clean up King Augeas’ stables one day. Hercules knew it was impossible, so he’d dig a trench to use two nearby rivers.

If you learn the next tasks in detail, you need to read the book. You will find some moral lessons and Hercules’s capability to discover him more. After his Labours, Hercules would continue his heroic journey and set up the Olympic Games. Although he had a fantastic life full of adventure, he would ultimately suffer an agonizing death. I recommend this book because it’s exciting. It has a great story with different plots.

The 12 Labors of Hercules

Author: Blake Hoena
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Children’s Comics & Graphic Novels
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Pauline Jackson

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