Hera

Hera

The Goddess and Her Glory

Book - 2011
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Introduces Hera, Zeus's wife and goddess of air, sky, and the heavens, and the only thing Zeus fears.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596434332
1596434333
9781596437241
1596437243
Characteristics: 76 p. : chiefly col. ill., geneal. table ; 27 cm

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DANIELCHUNXIAO
Oct 06, 2015

havent read it soooo exited to put it on hold

orange_dolphin_185 Jun 29, 2014

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Mark_Daly Aug 06, 2013

One of O'Connor's strengths as a storyteller is his ability to offer a fresh take on familiar material. In this volume, instead of treating Hera as Zeus's foil, he places her at center stage, and works in some Hercules tales to boot.

Sidewinder88 Mar 18, 2013

This one is a balance between myths centered on Hera and the 12 labors of Heracles/Hercules. I liked how it portrayed Zeus's and Hera's relationship, considering that Zeus cheated on her most of the time. For Hercules/Heracles' story they did change a few things around, but it still follows the original myth pretty well. As good as the others, loved it.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 24, 2012

This entire series by O'conner is excellent. Not just an excellent graphic depiction of greek mythos, but simply good telling of the greek mythos overall.This series is perfect for the child first exploring greek mythology, and for the adult who wants to revisit these myths. The myths are made understandable, but they are not as watered down as they normally are. O'conner does an amazing job balancing the content of the myths within a PG level story so that you really don't lose much of the original story. The conversation is good, it feels real, and has nuggets of other myths inside it. Even if you disagree with his interpretations I think you'll enjoy the work. Read them.

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Apr 08, 2012

Only about half the book centers on Hera, the rest on Heracles/Hercules.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 06, 2012

People have always been fascinated with the Greek gods, in part because they’re just as human as we are. They have their faults, their lusts, their mistakes, and their gross failings. Hera is interesting because her fault is finding fault in the wrong people. Rather than punish Zeus for his philandering, she punishes the innocent victims of his attention. Yet under O’Connor’s hand she also has an undeniable charisma. You suddenly understand what Zeus saw in her, because you see it too. It’s one thing to write a myth book about a character and humanize them. It’s another thing entirely to redeem them.

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orange_dolphin_185 Jun 29, 2014

Zeus and Hera fall in love but they have trouble with each other. One day a baby named Heracles is born and Zeus wants Hera to take care of him,so Hera makes a deal with Zeus if she takes care of Heracles, she will assign him 12 tasks to do. if he fails, he will get killed, but if he succeeds he will live a happy life he gets assigned to extra tasks because he had 2 he received help with.He succeeds all the tasks.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 06, 2012

We all know she’s the wife of Zeus, but there are things about the goddess Hera you might not expect. Sure she’s inclined to destroy the lovers and children of her husband’s philandering, but she’s just as likely to turn around again and feed his starving son by another woman. She’ll send a guy like Heracles on twelve impossible missions without cease, yet in doing so she’ll be responsible for his fame and glory. This is the story of Heracles and Hera, his namesake, and the strange relationship the two were drawn into. Our muses aren’t always the people who do us good. Sometimes they’re the people who challenge us.

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