Relevant Reads: Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes (2013)

Every Thursday, to celebrate TarcherPerigee’s long-standing commitment to its readers, we’ll be throwing back select backlist titles personally curated by our imprint’s editors, associates and company.

1. WHO:
Assistant Editor, Amanda Shih

2: WHAT:
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes
by Cory O’Brien


3. WHEN:
Published in 2013

“All our lives, we’ve been fed watered-down versions of the classic myths. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words.

5. WHY:
Mythology, particularly that which exists outside of the Greek, is often taught in school (if it’s taught at all) in the same way a lot of great literature and history is—in a dry, academic tone that dulls some otherwise hilarious, thrilling, and flat-out weird stories. Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes is the antithesis to that. I wouldn’t recommend forgoing the original texts altogether, but if what you read (or skimmed) in school is the classic 1968 “Romeo and Juliet,” Zeus is the Baz Lurhmann interpretation—big and violent and a little crude. (No early-90s Leonardo DiCaprio though, sorry.) Clever enough for the mythology fan and accessible enough for the newbies, this is always a great go-to read for a guaranteed (and educational!) laugh.

The_Chariot_of_Zeus_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_14994Image: The Chariot of Zeus (1879)
Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons


“So one day this guy named Abraham is out working in the fields
and God is like ‘Abraham! Abraham! Hey!’
Abraham is like ‘Chill out, I’m right here.
What do you want?’
And God is like ‘You know your son?’
And Abraham is like ‘My only son?
Yeah, you could say I know him.’
And God is like ‘Okay, here’s what I want you to do:
I want you to take your son
up to a mountain that I’m gonna show you
and I want you to kill him and set him on fire for me.’
And Abraham is like ‘Okay, well
I guess you know what you’re doing.’”


Be sure to pick up the hilarious, U.S. history-focused follow-up, George Washington is Cash Money.

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