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Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

agayprince's review

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adventurous dark emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

aruraa's review

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

dioneira's review against another edition

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adventurous sad slow-paced
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

4.25

natsavage19's review

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

3.0

isielou's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5*

lkjones19's review against another edition

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adventurous funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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taylormbrannan91's review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny informative inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

If it were possible to give more than 5 stars, I would. Natalie Haynes has woven an incredible tale that has me laughing and crying in equal measure. Medusa feels so personal to me (which you may have already guessed, given that she was the subject of my first tattoo), and this book brought her even closer to my heart. It meant so much to me to hear her side of things. Perseus continues to be the very worst kind of hero, a cowardly one who relies on the help others while still taking the credit and thinks of anyone different as monstrous. Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? I highly recommend listening to the audiobook because Natalie Haynes is not only a wonderful writer, but she’s the best possible narrator. So many stars. So much love.

joohd_73's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

This was worth a read! I liked how Haynes recontextualized the myth of Medusa; it really makes you consider that maybe all of the heroes are only heroic because men decided they were.

courtneyvanlesbian's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

maddybx's review against another edition

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4.0

I wasn't sure what to expect going in but was pleasantly surprised by this female-focussed Greek mythology retelling. At first the story seems to jump around a lot, which I found compelling as each short chapter left me wanting more from that storyline, but as I got towards the end I looked back and saw that all those disjointed events had consequences which led to other events and eventually it all converged to the crescendo of Medusa's story.

My criticisms would be that Medusa herself doesn't feature much in her own story, as there's
a lot of other people's backstories, so I didn't feel that I know her very well. Also, while it is a feminist retelling in that it tells Medusa's side of the story, there are constant themes of male characters overpowering female characters, female characters suffering at the hands of male characters, female characters being controlled or silenced by male characters etc.

I went into this knowing nothing about Greek mythology (and didn't need to - great for beginners)
but if you are familiar with the backstories, would these chapters be a bit tedious? I think even if you know some of the characters already (such as Metis, Athene, Danae, Perseus), the story would still be interesting as it shows the parts these gods and mortals play in Medusa's life from a different perspective.