REVIEW: The Goddess of Buttercups & Daisies – Martin Millar

The Goddess of Buttercups & Daisies is a story of how culture can influence politics.

War has been raging between the Athenians and the Spartans for years, and as the city of Athens looks on the verge of crumbling, many of it’s citizens are desperate for peace.
However, on the eve of signing a peace treaty, a group of warmongers summon Laet, bringer of bad decisions, and all hell breaks loose.
As the city starts to fall apart around them, the fate of the peace talks rests on the shoulders of an amazon warrior, a wood nymph, a struggling poet, and one of the greatest playwrights the world has ever known.

*

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to make of this book.

It’s clearly meant to reflect the great classical comedies, and the rather bizarre nature of the plot certainly pays tribute to that, but I don’t think it really works alongside the modern writing style.

I’m a big classics nerd, so it was interesting to read a story based around the City Dionysia (Ancient Greek festival dedicated to Dionysus), but the writing style was too simple for my taste and there is a lot of needless description, which does little to draw you into the story.

That said, there is a reasonable amount of comedy in there and that helps it somewhat. You really can’t go into this book expecting to take it seriously; although, honestly, any chance of this happening will end on page 10, when you are greeted by the first of many discussions surrounding floppy stage penises

Overall, I wasn’t overly interested in the story, and feel it might’ve worked better as a short story rather than a novel, because even at a meager 180 pages, it feels too drawn out.

Sidenote: The title refers to a wood nymph featured in the story, who is neither the central character, nor a big influence on the plot. While it’s a lovely title, it does seem rather random to name the entire book after her.

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