Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Humor, Satire
Published: 21 Sep 2019
Page count: 157
My Format: eBook from author
Would I recommend it: Absolutely!
Commission Link: Buy Iliad: The Reboot
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
History cares about kings, but the gods love a buffoon.
The hapless young soldier Gelios faces execution for offending his king. Desperate, he accidentally volunteers his cousin to chronicle the coming war. Equipped with only a sword and a stunning lack of judgment, Gelios must keep his cousin alive amid the greatest war of an era. Worse, he must survive the egos of the two most powerful kings in their army. But his deadliest struggle is with his mouth. Can he keep it shut long enough to make it home alive?
The Iliad has long been the definitive source of knowledge surrounding the kings, gods, and heroes of the Trojan War. Now, for the first time, readers can experience the clash of two ancient superpowers through the eyes of the biggest jackass in history.
I really enjoyed this crazy, quirky, and snarky “reboot” of the Iliad. Here are my pros and cons for Iliad: The Reboot:
- This book is fake news at its funniest! The Trojan War is absolutely not what you thought it was… well, at least according to this reboot! Example, Achilles is not the invincible, strong, towering warrior we all know from Homer’s Iliad, but instead is an overweight drunkard with a penchant for drama. In this book, Pelos (the chronicler of events of the war in this book, the role of Homer) is forced to document everything from only a positive, albeit false, perspective to make the Greeks look good.
…embellishment, not lying. It’s dramatic embellishment meant to communicate the values of our culture. -Pelos
Yeah… whatever Pelos. Sounds like fake news to me! Fortunately for the reader, the results are hilarious and eye-opening.
- True Iliad scholars would either lose their minds over this book or love the irreverent new perspective on the Trojan War. I personally think they’d find it hilarious. I think Homer himself would giggle, if he didn’t think it would get him killed for disrespect! LOL
- I love the snark! LOVE IT!
- Gelios (Pelos’ cousin) can’t keep his mouth shut and is constantly getting himself and others in trouble. The things he says are hilarious.
- All of the new characterizations in the book are hilarious! Achilles (mentioned above), Agamemnon (they call him Aggy in the book), Helen (not the beauty you thought!), Cassandra (you will LOVE her), and all the other characters you know from the Iliad are here and they are nothing like you thought they were. I loved them all! Very creative and fun writing.
- Along with the new characterizations, the entire history is twisted and turned and retold in the most hilarious way. I really enjoyed the parts where Pelos and Gelios were trying to figure out how they were going to spin the truth to make the Greeks look good in the poem.
- The continuing joke of Gelios calling Pelos’ scholar’s robe a dress had me rolling every time it was mentioned!
- The reviews quoted on the cover of the book (see above) are hysterical!
- This is a quick and enjoyable read. The pacing was good and I was interested throughout. I wouldn’t have been disappointed if the book had been longer!
- This isn’t really a con per se, but I thought the first half of the book was a bit more interesting (the war part of the story) than the second half of the book (after the Greeks return home). However, both halves were well-written and hilarious and the book as a whole is so much fun!
If you have read the Iliad (the real one) or if you have any knowledge at all of Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen of Troy, and the Trojan War, you will love this insane retelling! The Kindle book is 99 cents as of this posting – go grab a copy and start laughing!
Thank you to the author, Keith Tokash, for providing an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly enjoyed it and I hope the ending was a hint that Odyssey: The Reboot is coming next!
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