War Nerd Iliad
Not poetry, modern prose.
Words that remind me of smoke and pine trees, of an actual story told to sleepy children, and parents eating lamb around a fire.
It was not fancy language the first time around. It was special, but it was a story. This gives the story.
Odysseus was described as looking 'like a fox with blood on his snout' I ended up imagining him as Sherman.
And there were women. Fully realized as characters. The first person we meet in the book is in fact, Chryseis, Agamemnon's plunder-girl. She is not a princess, just a girl with an old father who loves her, who has had her life wrecked. She balances Helen, on the other side, power they might have had, taken from them.
Anyway, I found it easy to love the story in this form. I liked that. I will tell you the next book next time.