xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths by Kate Bernheimer

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

New Fairy Tales #2

Kate Bernheimer

576 pages first pub 2013 (editions)

fiction fantasy short stories dark mysterious medium-paced


Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new...

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Community Reviews Summary of 161 reviews


dark 71%
mysterious 57%
reflective 42%
adventurous 28%
challenging 28%
emotional 14%


slow 50%
medium 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 100%

Strong character development?

N/A: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 40% | N/A: 40% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 80% | N/A: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 40% | N/A: 40% | Yes: 20%

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