Quicksilver

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  • Quicksilver
  • Stephanie Spinner
  • English
  • 04 September 2019
  • 0440238455

About the Author: Stephanie Spinner

Paperback õ Quicksilver PDF ´ quicksilver free, QuicksilverQuicksilver KindleI was born in Davenport, Iowa, and grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York I read straight through my childhood, with breaks for food, sleep, and the bathroom I went to college in Bennington, Vermont, moved to New York City, and took a job in publishing so I could get paid for reading I read so much bad fiction that I needed a break, so I moved to London, and from there I traveled to Morocco, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan India, Nepal, and Ceylon I came back to America, wandered around someto Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize and on returning to New York decided to study Tibetan Buddhist painting called thangka painting in Boulder, ColoradoI painted thangkas for many years Each one took anywhere from several weeks to a few months to complete, and at long last I understood that this was not the ideal way for me to make a living Only a few hundred Americans collected thangkas, and they wanted old ones, painted by Tibetan monks It was time to make a changeSo I took another publishing job, this time in children s books I found that I liked children s books a lot, and before long, I became an editorYears passed I was encouraged to write I scoffed at the idea that I had anything to write about I edited some wonderfully talented authors Virginia Hamilton, Philip Isaacson, Clyde Robert Bulla, Gloria Whelan, Robin McKinley, Joan Vinge, Garth Nix, and Chris Lynch, among others with great enjoyment Writing seemed like torture by comparisonThen, to my amazement, I found myself writing a book and having a good time simultaneously The book was ALIENS FOR BREAKFAST, and I enjoyed writing it because my co author was Jonathan Etra Jon who died of heart disease in was a close friend with a wild sense of humor, and collaborating with him changed my opinion of writing forever After ALIENS FOR BREAKFAST, and ALIENS FOR LUNCH, which we also co wrote, I began to think that writing could be interesting funAnd now that I ve been doing it full time forthan ten years, I can tell you why I like it better than a job First, I can work in my bathrobe To the FedEx man and the UPS man, I am the woman in the plaid flannel robe Second, I can eat when I m hungry, choose when to take phone calls, and walk my dogs any time Third, the only meetings I have and they re short are with the dry cleaner and the post office ladies Fourth, I can read whatever I please I may tell people I m doing research when I read about horse trekking, or hunting in ancient Greece, or ways to better compost, but the truth is, I m not doing research, I m having a good time Which I think is still allowed.


QuicksilverPaperback õ Quicksilver PDF ´ quicksilver free, QuicksilverQuicksilver KindleHermes also known as Mercury, Wayfinder, and Prince of Thieves has many talents Wearing his famed winged sandals, he does the bidding of his father Zeus, leads the dead down to Hades, and practices his favorite arts of trickery and theft He also sees the future, travels invisibly, loves jokes, and abhors violence And he s an entertaining and ideal narrator on a fast paced journey through ancient Greek mythology from Medusa s cave to Trojan War battlefields to the mysterious Underworld Stephanie Spinner brings the famous messenger and the best known gods and mortals of mythology to life with high action and spare, powerful prose From the Hardcover edition.

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10 thoughts on “Quicksilver

  1. Brie says:

    Humorous and lighthearted, simple yet clever, this quick read was cute and surprisingly deep If you need a pick me up, this book will do it I ve always liked Hermes, and when I saw that this would be another humorous mythology story, I eagerly snapped it up It is in fact a seamless collection of myths Hermes is involved in Hades and Persephone Perseus and Medusa Perseus and Andromeda Paris, the Trojan War, and CalypsoHe is the narrator and each separate section bringsandout o Humorous and lighthearted, simple yet clever, this quick read was cute and surprisingly deep If you need a pick me up, this book will do it I ve always liked Hermes, and when I saw that this would be another humorous mythology story, I eagerly snapped it up It is in fact a seamless collection of myths Hermes is involved in Hades and Persephone Perseus and Medusa Perseus and Andromeda Paris, the Trojan War, and CalypsoHe is the narrator and each separate section bringsandout of this character Spinner has crafted In this book he is young, willing to please, dutiful, but also sympathetic, helpful, and sober at all times, seeing sense when other gods are being unmanageable Hermes likes mortals, feels for them when the other gods don t He dislikes cruelty, and his reactions to cruelty such as the drawn out Trojan War show the emotional toll it takes on him.Hermes also enjoys the good company of his siblings and praises from his father Zeus What made this book extra special is that Spinner chose to portray Zeus, especially, not as the Supreme Asshole that many stories like to portray him as, but Spinner s Zeus iscollected,caring, and the scenes of Zeus and Hermes having some quality time together were endearing.The ending of this book actually made me smile and go aww to myself It is the perfect comfort read, readable in just a couple hours I recommend it to all Greek myth fans

  2. Terry says:

    Meh This book is the equivalent of calling someone you meet nice Nothing s wrong, but nothing stands out It s split into 5 episodes all narrated by Hermes there s the Persephone Hades story, Perseus vs Medusa, Paris and the golden apple, retrieving Hector s body, and Odysseus and Calypso Getting inside Hermes head to see these events would be a great way for anyone unfamiliar with the myths to access and understand them It did make me feel closer to the stories than when I readtr Meh This book is the equivalent of calling someone you meet nice Nothing s wrong, but nothing stands out It s split into 5 episodes all narrated by Hermes there s the Persephone Hades story, Perseus vs Medusa, Paris and the golden apple, retrieving Hector s body, and Odysseus and Calypso Getting inside Hermes head to see these events would be a great way for anyone unfamiliar with the myths to access and understand them It did make me feel closer to the stories than when I readtraditional retellings, butI already knew all the stories the author was retelling Consequently, I was bored for much of the book, though I was able to fly through it quickly There were a few minor elements in the author s technique, however, that were irritating though not terrible 1 Too often she throws in lots of exposition, and in her note at the end, emphasizes that she is trying to stay true to the original stories That s fine, but I think payingattention to style would have made for ainteresting read The reader could figure out who characters are and some of their backstories if the author had aengaging style 2 Too often Hermes is simply an onlooker in how things play out e.g The Trojan War This lack of action made for some dull reading at many points 3 It would be fine if the emphasis on Hermes thoughts and feelings made him an interesting character, but he comes across as rather bland His main attribute that stands out he feels guilty a lot which again makes for boring reading After mentioning that he s a trickster, a thief, a joker, those aspects barely get mentioned If they had, it would have made for a much better book For someone unfamiliar with these stories, however, this is a quick, painless, andemotional introduction than most

  3. Alydiah K♡ says:

    Talks about Hades. A LOT

  4. Laney says:

    Everything from the first paragraph to the ending word was a hilarious and enchanting tale The first paragraph goes like this It s dark and gloomy, and it smells like dead sheep, but when Zeus says go to Hell, I go The Lord of All Creation is not a Patient deity Have you ever seen his hands clench and unclench when he s kept waiting I call it the Thunderbolt Reflex Best not trigger it is my advice, unless you long to burst into flames and explode.I do not Quiver by Stephanie Spinner, Everything from the first paragraph to the ending word was a hilarious and enchanting tale The first paragraph goes like this It s dark and gloomy, and it smells like dead sheep, but when Zeus says go to Hell, I go The Lord of All Creation is not a Patient deity Have you ever seen his hands clench and unclench when he s kept waiting I call it the Thunderbolt Reflex Best not trigger it is my advice, unless you long to burst into flames and explode.I do not Quiver by Stephanie Spinner, page 3 After that paragraph I was ready to kill forI LOVED this book and can t even tell how much I enjoyed it Hopefully you ll find out for yourself

  5. Ken says:

    Bleh Episodic retread of Greek myths where Hermes is involved Fairly shallow, even for YA Hard to get excited about any characters, sketchy plots, and the tired rehashings which are served up separately and kept lukewarm under the heating lamp Might be enjoyed by kids who really like Greek mythology, but I think the old stories themselves are preferable to this cover.

  6. Amy says:

    Easy read Good introduction to or review of Greek mythology.Using it for summer reading.

  7. Macco Dreher says:

    When I started reading Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner, I felt like I already knew the main character The way this character is written is fascinating as he is an eternal Greek God, but he has the personality of a rebellious teenager.

  8. Ricki says:

    I read this a few years ago, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Greek mythology It is very humorous and makes Greek mythology enjoyable and fun to learn about.

  9. Jessica says:

    An alternate side of mythology is masterly shown in this stunning novel by Spinner With new light on a lesser known myth, it s one that will have you begging for .

  10. Katelin Rice says:

    I taught this book to my eighth graders this year, and It honestly wasn t my favorite I understood what was trying to e accomplished with it, by incorporating mythology A lot of my students liked the mythology aspect of it The general action of the book wasn t bad It s nice because it isn t a high Lexile level, and lower level readers can keep up, but it also incorporates advanced vocabulary However, I just didn t enjoy the story I thought too much happened and too much happened and it was I taught this book to my eighth graders this year, and It honestly wasn t my favorite I understood what was trying to e accomplished with it, by incorporating mythology A lot of my students liked the mythology aspect of it The general action of the book wasn t bad It s nice because it isn t a high Lexile level, and lower level readers can keep up, but it also incorporates advanced vocabulary However, I just didn t enjoy the story I thought too much happened and too much happened and it was difficult to navigate throughout the story I m going to give it a try again next year, and see if I like it better A lot of the students seemed to enjoy it, so I guess that s what really matters