Age Range: 10 & up
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Lewis Carroll meets Homer in this parody of The Odyssey, an "epic" poem that may have a difficult time finding an audience.

Peterson’s imaginatively wacky narrative, purportedly originating on the planet Orn some 15,000 years B.C. (Earth time), loosely follows major plot elements of Homer’s classic. Peterson focuses heavily on the creating of new words, drawing liberally–or perhaps frabjously–from Lewis Carroll. The “dar mofts”–a race of happily subservient green folk with large noses–serve as the crew for the hero Thesod’s “kree,” a sailing vessel made of lead, as he sallies forth to battle danger in the land of Kroft. As the journey continues, Peterson’s writing nearly drowns in awkward rhymes, bad puns and outright lunacy. Thesod follows roughly the same path as Odysseus, with a stop at a place similar to the Land of the Lotus Eaters and an excursion into the Underworld–or rather, the “Underwhere”–a land that may elicit a few laughs from readers familiar with The Odyssey. “Afrodainty,” the goddess of love, turns out to be a Mae West type who invites Thesod to come up and see her sometime. Eventually, the tiresome rhythm (made worse by numerous missteps) will most likely annoy rather than intrigue. Though the frequent footnotes interrupt the poetic flow, some are actually genuinely amusing. “Swine’s Flu,” for example, is a “type of influenza which causes an obsession for pork.”

This zany parody is, ultimately, all for fun and fun for none. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 2006
ISBN: 978-1-59330-431-7
Program: Kirkus Indie
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