So this is another one of the Read Harder challenge, this time reading a book about mythology or folklore. As A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes is a retelling of the fall of Troy but from a women’s perspective, I felt it fit the bill
It’s at some distant point in the future, where ‘The Reckoning’ happened (which vaguely sounds like some catastrophic climate change and something else. It was a bit like Trail of Lightening in that it used (presumably) mythology from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
For the uninitiated, Usagi is a ronin and travels throughout the land, often helping out those in need or just generally getting into trouble. It’s based on the Edo Period in Japan but all the characters are different animals (with most natives of Japan itself).
Phyllis reminded me of Reggie from The Rewind Files, though if anything more fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pantsness. But delightful, flawed, tough, sarcastic and with a deep sense of fairness and faith in her friends. Sarcastic lead characters win my heart every time.
I wouldn’t normally review something like this, but it’s part of the Read Harder challenge, a humour book, and I am a completist.
I keep mentioning the Read Harder Challenge, but need to remind myself of which ones I’ve read, so I’m going to list them all here. The rules allow you to tick off more than one criteria with one book, in case you wonder why books appear multiple times.
The main plot revolves around uncovering what would become Watergate from the perspective of a 22nd century agent, and then trying to make sure it happens to correct the timeline. This is what hooked me on buying the book in the first place. But that turns into a larger plot of why Watergate doesn’t happen, so we’ve got a double whammy of mystery and intrigue.