The Gorgon Bride

The Gorgon Bride

by Galen Surlak-Ramsey

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ISBN-13: 9781946501097
Publisher: Tiny Fox Press LLC
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 469,762
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Gorgon Bride 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jessica Foreman 4 months ago
Super fun! Witty dialogue, petty gods, a love story that's not the usual trope. Really, reaaaaaaaally hope there's a sequel coming soon.
PylesofBooks 6 months ago
Has all the right ingredients There are a few questions about falling in love with a monster and author Galen Surlak-Ramsey seeks to answer them in The Gorgon Bride. Alexander Weiss finds himself in a bit of a pickle when he makes himself an enemy of Athena and is cast away to a rather morbid island full of statues. He finds the “statues” are actually petrified things and quickly discovers himself in a land of myth and danger. Rather than joining these other statues he is saved by the fact that Medusa’s older sister, Euryale, takes a liking to him, but little does he realize that this budding attraction will cost him so much. Surlak takes some interesting liberties with the Greek mythos and not every reader may find falling in love with what is traditionally a murderous monster appealing. It does take some creative energy to bend the myth in such a way and he does this with humor and an entertaining writing style. The adventures that Alex takes throughout the book are fun, even if they seem without real consequences throughout. Alex himself was an interesting character to follow at first, especially when it seems there’s something about him that’s important. The disappointing part is that Surlak instead makes Alex to be somewhat of a “Mary Sue,” a character who moves the plot without logical reasoning and seems to be good at whatever obstacle that comes his way. His overall attitude towards his struggles, such as whining through them also does not help with understanding why a mythical monster finds him attractive. Outside of this, the actual story is entertaining with wonderful tidbits about music and myth that push the themes and story elements farther along. This makes for a rather fun read and one that most readers may enjoy, if they like fantasy and Greek myths. Surlak does have a flair to his writing that is appreciated and entertaining, so the prose moves fast and without too much milling about. Overall, a great read for those who enjoy Greek settings and mythos.
EmersonRoseCraig 8 months ago
The Gorgon Bride is a clever and witty book by author Galen Surlak-Ramsey that tells the story of a man named Alex. The book opens when Alex dies and is thrust into the world of the ancient Greek gods. He finds himself struggling to work without some of the gods and outrun the wrath of others. He is asked to find a suitor for one of the Gorgons and quickly discovers that nothing turns out as ones expect. I was immediately intrigued by this book due to its representation of the Greek gods. Mythology has always been an interest of mine, and I love when fiction writers play with who the gods would be in the modern world. I thought that Galen did a great job of mixing together the myth about the gods, keeping faithful to who they were in the old stories, while also giving them modern twists like jobs and attitudes. I really liked the relationships between the gods because Galen pulled off the dysfunctional family feel that they have. I also liked how he kept them so aloof about the way they affect the lives of Mortal, like Athena’s whims about who has done her wrong. Alex is an interesting character in that he has no knowledge of the existence of the gods until Hermes shows up asking for him to sign a package, but he takes what happens to him in stride. Naturally, this begins with a lot of denial, believing what is happening to him to be a dream. Alex is a very capable person and deals with the drama of the gods as well as can be expected from a mortal. The love portion of the story is also engaging. It plays with tropes like love triangles and love at first sight but uses them to make exciting twists in the story. I like both of the female main characters involved in the love plot but wish they had a more prominent part and more depth. This book is a fun journey through old myths and romance. The book is exciting and asks questions about what love is and what it takes to be a hero. Along the way there is a lot of witty characters, the gods are hilarious and fun and were often my favorite part of the story. Galen clearly has a passion for storytelling as well as Greek myth, and it shows in his writing. I look forward to seeing more from him. This is a fun adventure book, and I would definitely recommend giving it a read especially if you are looking for an easy and exciting story. I would give this book 4 stars.
Allykitten 9 months ago
This book is about Alex, a concert pianist, who unknowingly upsets Athena, so she drops a whale on his head. Alex is then in a not-quite-dead status and in order to save himself he is then forced to act as a matchmaker. Alex must find a husband for Euryale, Medusa’s sister, and the daughter of Phorcys, God of the Hidden Dangers of the Sea. Alex agrees, but after meeting Euryale, he quickly falls in love with her, and the feeling is reciprocated. It seems like Alex’s job would be complete and it would be a win-win. However, since Athena arranged this set-up, her sister, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love is furious as she is the one who makes the love connections. So, an all-out battle among the Gods begins that puts Alex and Euryale right at the center and tossed around like pawns. It’s clear that the author is well versed in Greek Mythology and brings it down to a level that can easily be understood and enjoyed by all readers. I liked that so many known and lesser known Greek Gods made appearances throughout the book. It really showed what it would have been like there and made the story more realistic. I liked that this book is written in a light hearted, funny, often sarcastic tone. It gives humor to the story and the characters. Even during the more serious, wild, dark, gruesome scenes; the writing continues to be on the lighter side. Unfortunately, I felt there was a lack of character development and connection. Yes, obviously, I’m not going to be able to easily relate to or have much in common with Greek Gods – but I felt the author was able to set up situations and scenarios that allowed for those opportunities but didn’t follow through with a strong enough connection. Furthermore, I felt a disconnect along some of the characters interaction as well. I was very intrigued by the storyline and found the concept to be well thought out. However, there were a few times I felt the story jumped around a bit and got somewhat confusing. I found myself having to re-read some of the passages. I think there was just so much going on in the story and it was difficult to separate it out at times. I loved that the author snuck hidden messages throughout the book. It really raised more questions and allowed other viewpoints and helped me see things in different ways. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers out, but some of the messages are about love, the true value of love, the hardships of love, how far you’d go for love, and like what love really means to you. I think many of us just throw that four-letter word out there and may not really think about what it truly means. After reading this book, I definitely spent some time thinking about the people I love, why I love them, and that I will always make sure that those people know that they are truly loved. This book has a lot to offer readers such as Greek Mythology, fantasy, romance, love, friendship, adventure, suspense, action, adrenaline, humor, vengeance, faith, adversary, quests, second chances, new beginnings, and so much more! This book has a neat and tidy ending that also implies a sequel to follow. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book to all Greek Mythology, fantasy, and action readers! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
KatieN78 10 months ago
The Gorgon Bride is a fantastic adventure through Greek mythology that incorporates not only familiar faces such as Athena, Ares, Aphrodite, but also gives the spot light to a lot of lesser-known gods and demigods such as The Old Man (Phorcys) and more importantly, his daughter, Euryale (sister of Medusa). Without spoiling much, the story focuses on Alexander Wiess, concert pianist, who through a series of unfortunate events, gets mixed up with Euryale (who's a bit lonely and almost corners Alex into a relationship). As things unfold, Alex inadvertently steps on a few toes of the gods, and is thrust into the middle of one of the gods' usual squabbles and hilarity ensues. While the tone is light and fun, the book does delve into what love is (and is not) and the meaning of friendship, as well as going along for a classical hero's journey filled with quests, monsters, and plenty of struggle. The ending is wonderful and ties everything nicely, but leaves room for a sequel--so here's to hoping there's more.
NNLight 11 months ago
A unique approach to a book to have the mythic Greek Gods and Goddesses take part in the 21st century. The author takes the reader on an intellectual journey that covers more ground than simply Earth, Mount Olympus and Hades. The story about Alex and Euryvale and Jessica is difficult to sum up. This is more than a love story and it is more than a story about Mythology. This book is hard to put down as the reader just wants to know what is going to happen next. Having Athena, Ares and Aphrodite taking such a large role makes this book extremely exciting. For me the questions raised by this book center around the eternal questions...what is love and what is a hero? By the time you reach the conclusion of this book the author doesn't answer either question. The author provides a lot of perspective that will help the reader work on their own definition. A brilliantly crafted book that doesn't provide an easy solution to any of the questions raised here. My Rating: 5 stars