Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower

Age of Bronze is a comic book version of the entire legend of the Trojan war from run-up to meltdown. It seems to be pretty historically accurate, which should appeal to any ancient scholars out there - although I'd be interested to hear of any places where he's used a bit of dramatic licence! What I'm enjoying best though, are the characters and the motivations, all of which are well portrayed in terms of dialogue and artwork - I particularly love the beard work - seriously, I think you can read a lot of character into a beard!

Now normally I'm not one for a graphic retelling - there are so many comics out there that are just dumbed down versions of their prose elder-siblings, but myths kinda get away with it. I've just finished volume 1: A thousand ships - and I'm thirsty for more. There are currently 3 volumes - 4 more are slated, but I don't propose we wait till the set is complete. I'm going to aim to read all three, but if you can at least get your hands on the first volume that would do for this meetup.

The pub - I've changed this to the Five Horses on a recommendation from last book club. Sounds like it might be marginally more convenient than the South End place I was originally suggesting.

As usual, we'll grab a drink and if you feel like it, a bite to eat, and discuss the book. I'll come up with some prompting questions beforehand just in case conversation runs dry, but of course this is a social event, and if the conversation turns to other things later in the evening, so much the better!

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  • Cristina

    Although I was not a huge fan of Age of Bronze (just not THAT big of a history!geek), I walked away from our conversation with a better perspective on the book. I walked in wanting to rate the book a 3, and I walked away thinking of it as a 4.5, perhaps 5. Not a bad conversion.

    March 14, 2013

  • Joseph A.

    This is the story that I was talking about. It looks pretty, but also has a lot of surprising depth.

    March 13, 2013

  • James M.

    One thing I forgot to mention was: rate the book out of 10 with a little explanation! Post here! I'm going with 8.5: really blown away after actually not thinking it was going to be quite my scene. I will keep a hawk-like eye out for the next chapter in the saga and I look forward to a time about 15 years from now when I can read the whole lot back to back. Seriously good storytelling that goes beyond the source material.

    March 13, 2013

  • James M.

    Great book(s) - well worth going for number 2 & 3 for anyone who hasn't got there yet!

    March 13, 2013

  • Joseph A.

    Loved the venue, loved the conversation, loved the company. A massive win all around!

    March 13, 2013

  • Lyndsay

    Anyone at the pub yet?

    March 13, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I won't have time to read the books :(

    March 6, 2013

  • James

    Hey! This will be my first meetup with you guys. I recently picked up the first volume and I'm excited to discuss it!

    February 28, 2013

    • James M.

      Good stuff! If you can get your hands on parts 2 & 3 they are also well worth a read. Definitely looking forward to this one!

      February 28, 2013

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