In the Books featuring The Book of Helen by Sherry G. Antonetti

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Book of Helen by Sherry G. Antonetti.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

As a fantasy lover, I’m also a huge fan of Homer’s Iliad. Though I haven’t read it in many years, I could see its influence in The Book of Helen. Not only did the author do a great job of fleshing out Helen as more than a legend or myth while displaying her point of view on the events surrounding her life, but she captured the style similar to Homer’s poetic writings.

The Book of Helen

Having Helen speak to us through the other characters reminded me of the works of Plato about Atlantis sinking. While it’s not a style that’s popular today, I had no problem in allowing myself to act like I was watching a performance on stage.

We all have heard the story of the Trojan War and the fall of Troy, but how often do we think about it on a deeper scale than what we’re told in Homer’s works? Reading about the events from Helen’s point of view not only adds more flavor for me, but also helped me find an excuse to move the Iliad toward the top of my TBR pile.

This is definitely something I’ll enjoy reading again and look forward to what the author has in store for us in the future.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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