Max Leone

I was approached some months ago by the mother of  young writer, Max Leone, and invited to review his sequel to the Aeneid. She sent me a hard copy, and I find a ebook is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Riders-Storm-Sequel-Aeneid-ebook/dp/B005XCZ5MI.

I read it and found much admirable about it, yet it did not click with me. One enthusiastic reviewer on Amazon says that, as she read it, she was ‘weeping tears of gold’. Yes, there is humour, there is mythography, there is a lot of fighting, and the key protagonists are the Olympians rather than the human actors. And yet the author’s voice is not formed. When a young person declares that he or she wants to be writer, should they be compelled to practice writing, and battle for publication, as was the way in the past? Or should they get on and publish and promote a book which a commercial publisher would probably not have considered a sufficiently finished product? Surely there is a middle way?

I conclude by wishing Max that his promise as a writer may be fulfilled. In choosing classical themes and a classical afflatus, he is surely well placed to ride the gratifiying wave of fashionability which Greco-Roman Classics are increasingly enjoying.

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