Book Review: Lust, Chaos, and Fate – Greek Mythology by Jason Boyett

Lust, Chaos, War, and Fate – Greek Mythology: Timeless Tales from the Ancients by Jason Boyett

Zephyros Press (June 21, 2016)

216 pages

Literature & Fiction/Mythology & Folk Tales/Social Sciences


Mythology is not about the past. The past is what’s behind us and that’s not where mythology really exists. The big daddy of mythology hails from ancient Greece—and whether we realize it or not, Greek mythology influences the western world of today.

If you have ever seen the Atlantic Ocean, if you love the wonders of stargazing, if you’ve dreamed of being in the Olympics, or made reference to Pandora’s Box—then you have been influenced by Greek mythology.

The Greeks were not a boring bunch, and their mythology was no different! Greek Mythology: Timeless Tales from the Ancients is a smart, fun, compulsively readable overview of the Greek’s favorite characters and tales. These myths are filled with sex, violence, drama, lies, monsters, hubris, journeys, and just about anything else you can think of! This modern guide to favorite Greek myths includes:

  Overviews of legendary Greek mythology figures and their Roman counterparts

  Thematic, rousingly written overviews of the 50 most popular Greek myths such as “The Birth of Athena” to “Perseus and Medusa”

  A complete index of gods and goddesses, heroes and humans told through lively, easy-to-understand narratives

Part reference and all rousing read, Greek Mythology: Timeless Tales from the Ancients brings ancient Greek mythology to life and leaves the scholarly footnotes behind. Strap on your winged sandals and get ready for a journey through the ancients.



Interesting, Entertaining, and Educational

Greek myths are ancient, influential, and challenging. This book explains it in a short and to the point kind of way. It’s a reference book but a readable, entertaining reference book. The Book is separated into two sections – the characters and the myths. It includes a family tree and a map.  The bios are brief, detailed, gives historical significance, and their relevance today. It gives a good understanding of the characters. The myths are old but still entertaining. We get an overview of where the characters came from, who they became, and how the world changed around them. The author gives a fun lesson learned and alternate versions. Both young and old will benefit from this book. This book is good to sit down and read it through and then easy to pick up and use as a reference. I’m very happy to have this on my bookshelf.

*Paperback copy provided by Callisto Publishers Club



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Jason Boyett is the author of several books, the most recent of which is 100 Days of Trump, a quote-a-day guide to the presidential administration of Donald J. Trump. Prior to that, he wrote 12 Major Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity’s Most Influential Faiths, along with the Pocket Guide series of titles (Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, etc.). His writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and American Cowboy. He is the former host and co-creator of the 9 Thumbs podcast. Jason lives in Texas with his wife and two teenagers. Sign up for Jason’s newsletter at or find him at and on Twitter and Instagram @jasonboyett.

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