35 comments on “A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes | Book Review

  1. I have a feeling that I might like this one more than you and other people who read Circe and The Silence of the Girls because I have read neither. I am glad to hear this was entertaining at least, if not that greatly executed. Great review!

  2. Great review! I’m glad that the book was quite readable (even if not the most outstanding or memorable). Sometimes I have a hard time getting invested in books with too many characters (and not enough emphasis on each one), so it’s good to know that about this book going into it!!

  3. Great review, Callum. I liked the point you made where its selling point—the war told from all-female point of view—was also its largest misstep. I also find it difficult to follow a lot of points of view, and much prefer immersing myself in just a few minds. I’m more wary of this now but I love retellings so much that I’m still crossing my fingers that I’ll like it.

  4. I so agree with many of your points, even if it ultimately worked a bit better for me. I agree that the book would probably have been more successful, had it focused on not quite so many women.
    I have to admit that when Helen challenged how the other women treated her that it came way too late for me (I’m also a bit, let’s say dubious, that during the nine or so years they spent together they never ever ever ever talked about it and then suddenly when they are all about to die they do?). Overall, yes, very readable, my emotional attachment to the characters helped me enjoy the book, but ultimately I don’t think it offers anything particularly groundbreaking.

    • Even though I was pleased and relieved when that scene happened, since it at least acknowledged the injustice, I definitely wanted the misogyny towards Helen to be challenged much further. The author could have made some excellent points there.

      It was definitely an enjoyable enough read, and I’m glad you were able to take a little more from it than me.

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  6. That’s disappointing – I was excited about this one. But that’s also because I loved Silence of the Girls so I feel like if I read it now I wouldn’t be able to keep from comparing them. Maybe in a year or two when Barker’s work isn’t quite so fresh in my mind!

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  8. Such a balanced review. I’m am very happy to see that you found this one quite readable despite similarities to other recent Greek retellings! I’m also curious to see how all the different voices will work for me, as that’s one of the main draws, though it does seem like a challenging conceit to pull off. Sorry to see it didn’t work better for you as a whole!

  9. I just re-read this review after writing up my review and my thoughts are the SAME. I wasn’t intentionally copying, but we are obviously on the same page with this one 🙂

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