What are the best books of Canongate Myths?

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    #1The Penelopiad

    The Penelopiad
    The Penelopiad is a book written by Margaret Atwood based on Homer's The Odyssey. It is about Penelope and his husband Odysseus who came back from the war and mysteriously killed her twelve maids. 
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    Ignacio Solano
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "An excellent companion and retelling of "The Odyssey" from Penelope's perspective. The writing is quick, witty, and thought-provoking; I gobbled it up in a few hours. I plan on using this text with my high school students during our study on myth. Atwood does a sublime job at bringing the strong, female voice to a genre dominated by men. In many ways it does what C.S. Lewis does with "Till We Have Faces", but in a much more contemporary voice. Any student of mythology will enjoy this or will learn to consider the world of myth from a different perspective."
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    #2Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

    Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
    Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles is a fantasy mythology book written by Jeanette Winterson. It is published in 2005 by Canongate U.S. 
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    Tejas Singh
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Good book. It's pretty short and detailed, so it's a good choice if you need to freshen up on this myth."
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    #3Girl Meets Boy

    Girl Meets Boy

    Girl Meets Boy is a contemporary LGBT mythology book written by Ali Smith. This LGBT fiction novel is first published in 2007 by Canongate Books. 

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    Bryan Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It's rare that you find a book that combines so many different genres, from mythology, romance, thriller and post-modernism. Girl meets boy is an exceptional read and I plan to read it multiple times over. For mythology books, there are few that are as good."
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    #4Dream Angus

    Dream Angus
    Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams is a fantasy mythology book written by Alexander McCall Smith. It is first published in 2006 by Canongate US. 
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    Paul Perry
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you're a fan of the Canongate Myths series then you owe it to yourself to read Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams. Angus is one of the earliest Celtic deities and one of the most beloved. He is also a trickster and fun to read about."
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    #5Lion's Honey

    Lion's Honey

    Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson is a fantasy mythology book written by David Grossman. This fiction book is first published in 2005 by Canongate US. 

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    Robert Warren
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The author like to tell fictional stories. He also like to push his narrative while making the reading easy to understand. It sucked."
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    #6Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods is a fantasy mythology book written by A.S. Byatt. This historical fiction book is first published in 2011 by Canongate. 

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    Samuel Montgomery
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I didn't really enjoy Ragnarok: The End of the Gods, but it also isn't the type of book that I usually read. On top of that, it is not part of the Canongate Myths."
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    #7The Helmet of Horror

    The Helmet of Horror
    The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is a contemporary Russian horror book written by Victor Pelevin. This mythology retelling novel is published in 2005. 
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    Sandra Enríquez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "When I picked up "The Helmet of Horror" I thought that the author, Victor Pelevin, was giving us a view of what Russian Minotaurs were like. I was wrong. Apparently, this takes an old Greek Myth, "Theseus and the Minotaur" and completely changes it around into a chatroom-type setting. I was very intrigued at this "canongate myth" that the author was presenting to us. However, the book ended up falling very flat beyond that initial idea change, and I felt like I probably would have been better off picking up a book of old Greek Myths instead."
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    #8A Short History of Myth

    A Short History of Myth
    A Short History of Myth is a non-fiction historical book written by Karen Armstrong. This mythology book is first published in 2004 by Canongate US. 
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    Bob Xu
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This was highly useful and I loved the book. This was a perfect fit for what I was looking for and made the process super quick. Now I can read about strange myths I never knew existed!"
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    #9Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

    Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

    Baba Yaga Laid an Egg is a fantasy mythology book written by Dubravka Ugresic. This fiction book is published in 2007 by Canongate Books. 

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    Judy McCoy
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This tale is wonderfully connected to established mythos, but manages to take it in a slightly new direction. I appreciate how it builds on the original myth too. The resulting book is much more involved and I found it quite a fun read. "
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    #10Where Three Roads Meet

    Where Three Roads Meet
    Where Three Roads Meet: The Myth of Oedipus is a contemporary fantasy book written by Salley Vickers. This historical fiction novel is first published in 2005. 
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    Jacqueline Black
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "For those who love books specially myths this is a really awesome book . My friend who is obsessed with books got one like this and she loved it but you have to be into books to enjoy it and know who Canongate is to really get into his life and myths , i recommend it for those who love to hear and fantasize about myths takes you to another world ."

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Best What are the best books of Canongate Myths
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The PenelopiadBooks 36 Paid
2Weight: The Myth of Atlas and HeraclesBooks 32 Paid
3Girl Meets BoyBooks 30 Paid
4Dream AngusBooks 28 Paid
5Lion's HoneyBooks 25 Paid
6Ragnarok: The End of the Gods Books 24 Paid
7The Helmet of HorrorBooks 19 Paid
8A Short History of MythBooks 18 Paid
9Baba Yaga Laid an EggBooks 15 Paid
10Where Three Roads MeetBooks 1 Paid
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