Heather Lyons

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Verk av Heather Lyons

The Collectors' Society (2014) 122 exemplar, 6 recensioner
The Deep End of the Sea (2014) 73 exemplar, 5 recensioner
The Hidden Library (2015) 59 exemplar, 1 recension
Learn to Program (2016) 55 exemplar
The Forgotten Mountain (2015) 50 exemplar
A Matter of Fate (2012) 33 exemplar, 4 recensioner
Programming Awesome Apps (2017) 22 exemplar
Coding in the Real World (2017) 17 exemplar, 1 recension
A Matter of Forever (2014) 14 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Lost Codex (2016) 14 exemplar, 2 recensioner
A Matter of Heart (2013) 12 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Online Safety for Coders (2016) 11 exemplar
Coding, Bugs, and Fixes (2016) 10 exemplar, 1 recension
Royal Marriage Market (2015) 9 exemplar, 2 recensioner
A World of Programming (2016) 9 exemplar
A Matter of Truth (2013) 7 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Beyond Fate (2013) 6 exemplar
Algorithms and Bugs (2017) 2 exemplar
Unnamed 2 exemplar
Coding in the Real World (2018) 1 exemplar


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Guys...guys okay I forced myself to stay awake through a MIGRAINE to finish this book because OMG ALL THE LOVE.

My full review will be posted at my blog on 2/21 for the blog tour however let me just leave you with a top 5 list of why this is one of the best books I've read this year:

1) Medusa ("Dusa") is a vibrant, well-adjusted (considering her circumstances) young woman who doesn't angst endlessly about the tortures of her life. Though she acts the victim at first, she eventually realizes that crap has to end and takes charge of her future.

2) Hermes has his secrets, but only once does he not ask for Medusa's permission before upending her life (and he does it because she's not acting in her best self-interests). He also apologizes profusely and from that point on makes it a point to ask her.

3) Love is not always the answer, but it can be the answer if you work for it. Love doesn't instantly make ANYONE'S life better in this book, but for those who use that love as a way to make their life and those around them lives better, its the most precious thing of all.

4) All the mythology you can shake a stick at, but not quite what you may have learned from Bulfinch's or Edith Hamilton.

5) Jocko is awesome. I won't say who he is to the story, but gosh he was one of my favorite iterations yet.

So there you have it. What more do you need?

---Full review---

Medusa, who I've long been fascinated by, takes center stage in this story about a young woman struggling to rebuild not only her life, but her trust in love and friendship. The novel is broken up into several parts. We open on Medusa (called "Dusa" by Hermes) on her island as she mourns yet another unlucky soul who surprised her and was turned to stone. She tries really really hard to not let this happen--locks on her doors to keep out invaders while she sleeps, heavy duty sunglasses, scarves to cover her snakes (her "Girls") and maintaining a distance between herself and those she does see. Mikkos, a blind sailor who brings her gifts from the new world and has been visiting for half a century. And Hermes, who she goes to pains to never harm because she couldn't stand the thought of losing her best friend.

Then there's the Assembly where Medusa's punishment is reversed after two thousand years of injustice. From there its Medusa's journey to reclaiming what was taken from her by Poseidon and Athena all those years ago. Its a slow process with some fitful starts. While she trusts Hermes as her friend and trusts that he has nothing but good intentions for her, she's wary of every other God or Goddess she comes in contact with. They must want something from her she reasons because why else would they go to such lengths to trust her so well?

Its by no means an easy road for her. Love is a large part of this book--family love, sibling love, romantic love--and Lyons doesn't make it all rosy-colored. Just because someone loves you doesn't mean you have to love them, and just because you love someone doesn't mean you should expect them to change for you. Hermes explicitly states it at one point, but in Lyons world once a Greek God loves, its forever kind of love. Which this could have very easily become rather trite at times, but Lyons also makes it clear that for those Gods we see in love there was something so much more.

There's a mild spoiler for this next paragraph so highlight to see: Poseidon, who is very clearly in the wrong here, is also shown to be motivated by love. While he makes it a point to call Medusa "pretty girl" he explains to her at one point that the fact they could talk for hours and hours meant everything to him. With her he could be himself and that is why he fell in love with her. Granted his love was obsessive, violent and damaging, but its really no different then the love that Hermes and Medusa share. Except where Hermes waited for her to figure it out and was attentive to what she needed rather then what he wanted, Poseidon ignored Medusa's wishes and took what he wanted. Things could have ended very differently if Poseidon had been more patient.

I'll admit that I did treat Hermes' revelation about genetics and DNA for the Gods' with about as much worth as a grain of salt. It was a handwave explanation to excuse a development that would have otherwise made his and Medusa's lives really really uncomfortable. I also wanted to know so much more about Hades and Persephone. Especially after we learn about how their relationship came to be (let's just say Persephone was the aggressor and Hades was a bit baffled by it all at first) and the ramifications thereof. And while Lyons touches very very briefly on the other Pantheons in existence (Hermes makes an off hand remark about it in relation to his work with Death and there's some Norse tossed in), this is clearly a Greek Pantheon dominated book. Which I have no issues with.

By in large the writing is very easy to fall into. Medusa isn't given over to purple prose (a bit in relation to Hermes) and she's a relate-able narrator. Later when she boils her story just down to the bare facts (no gods mentioned) for a group of people, its no different then anyone else's. She's a girl who tried her best to find a place to fit in, made a friend who took advantage of her and then spent the rest of her life labeled a monster for events out of her control. She spends much of the book railing against the injustice of it all (privately, or with Hermes), but as many characters point out she never came to terms with what happened to her.

In so many ways I loved this book and I fully recommend to not only those into greek mythology, but anyone looking for a novel about a girl who overcomes the traumas of her past to forge a much much brighter future.
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lexilewords | 4 andra recensioner | Dec 28, 2023 |
Let me tell you a story. It's a romance of two lovers, born in different times and different places, who meet when one is mad from heartbreak and the other is on assignment.

They don't fall in love immediately. They don't get along or trade coy looks or veiled compliments. She who was a Queen, who left her heart behind with her Crown because it saved the land that claimed her and which she claimed in return. He who lost everyone he loved, who was betrayed by someone he considered close, who felt the weight of obligation and duty to save others.

Admiration of the other's strength of will turns to admiration of form. Faith in the other's individual martial strength turns to faith in their ability together. Respect turns to love turns to fierce protection and possession.

Through many worlds, many times and many trials they fight. For each other, for the ones they love, for the ones they left behind and the ones that need them going forward. The story of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt and Her Majesty the Queen of Diamonds Alice Liddell is a story full of romance, fury and passion. It's a fairy tale who's moral is to never underestimate love. Its an acknowledgement that sometimes love can be--will be--enough if one is willing to be open to the sacrifices it can make.

In the end THE LOST CODEX is everything and more that I wanted for their story's ending. The anxiety I felt over their ending, the grief I felt over fallen comrades, the tears I shed...it's both enough and not enough to explain what this series has meant to me.
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lexilewords | 1 annan recension | Dec 28, 2023 |
Overall, the book was worth reading even though I was frustrated at times. I would read more of this series even.
jewelledfrog | 5 andra recensioner | Jul 26, 2023 |

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