Who doesn’t love a good myth? Retellings of ancient legends are wonderful ways to bring stories with long histories to new audiences or eras. Authors can reinterpret classic tropes or familiar heroes, bringing different aspects of their personalities to vivid, sparkling life. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the most exciting myth retellings that will be hitting shelves soon, as well as some recent favorites.
As peoples, we Jews constitute a multitude of communities that is as numerous and infinitely varied in their backgrounds, religious practice, cultural mores, ethnicities, and everything else. We are communities, not a community; peoples, not a people. As Rabbi Angela Burchdahl told Haaretz, “Whoever decided that they want to flee oppression and go to a place where they could have freedom and where they could serve a God that redeems them—that is what it means to be a Jew.”
Our mythologies are as diverse as our own origins, spanning every corner of the world. With that in mind, let’s highlight some must-read sci-fi and fantasy novels by Jewish authors from many different backgrounds, ones that finds characters and authors come to terms with individual mythologies and heritages.
Just as we struggled to settle into quarantine and self-isolation, Netflix blessed the world with the limited series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. The unlikely rise to fame of zookeeper Joe Exotic captivated millions—as did his alleged mistreatment of his big cats and manipulation of his husbands. A violent and charismatic subject, Exotic directly and indirectly put animal and human lives at risk.
But Joe might as well have taken a page from some sci-fi/fantasy tamers and keepers of wild and magical creatures. In the real world and in fantasy realms, individuals gather beasts mundane and magical to their side for power… and turn on them when the creatures are no longer useful.
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- Tobias Carroll First Chords of a New Universe: Benjamin Percy’s The Ninth Metal 14 hours ago
- Leah Schnelbach Elves, Murder, and Gallons of Tea: Katherine Addison’s The Witness for the Dead 15 hours ago
- Becky Chambers Read an Excerpt From Becky Chambers’ A Psalm for the Wild-Built 16 hours ago
- Andrew Liptak Listen to Brian Staveley’s Short Story “The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan” 16 hours ago
- Leah Schnelbach 8 SFF Books That Reimagine Literary Classics 17 hours ago
- Andrew Liptak A24 Offers Helpful Preface on the Legend Inspiring The Green Knight 18 hours ago
- Molly Templeton In Star Eater, Kerstin Hall Creates a World Like No Other 18 hours ago
- Five Classic SF Stories About Lost Home Worlds 11 mins ago on
- Five Classic SF Stories About Lost Home Worlds 52 mins ago on
- Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Ashes to Ashes” 55 mins ago on
- Reading The Wheel of Time: A Series of Ambushes in Robert Jordan’s The Fires of Heaven (Part 33) 1 hour ago on
- Read an Excerpt From Becky Chambers’ A Psalm for the Wild-Built 3 hours ago on
- Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Ashes to Ashes” 3 hours ago on
- The Kyo Come to Visit: Clearing Up Some Important Questions in CJ Cherryh’s Foreigner Series 3 hours ago on