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Book Review: Odyssey of the Gods

Written By: Paranormal News

Posted: 11/18/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 5727   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Ancient Mysteries

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If you're a fan of Erich Von Däniken, you may be interested in picking up his new book entitled Odyssey of the Gods, published by New Page Books, which recalls a number of mythological stories from Greek culture entailing possible robots, flying vehicles, ancient flight patterns, Atlantis, and obviously, aliens. Recounting passages from Jason and the Argonauts, The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, and a number of Plato's works, he covers one hell of a lot of ground in this otherwise short book. As such, you may want to read those works first before picking this one up and thumbing through its numerous ideas.

One of the most apparent qualities to Däniken's books is his enthusiasm which bleeds through every word. Even if he doesn't understand something he is talking about, he still presents a sense of wonder. In some passages, he recalls the fascinating layouts of ancient Greek sites and explains how in awe he was to discover that the Golden Ratio can be applied to its landmarks, even if he doesn't fully understand the math or how it could have been applied to the building of the sacred sites in the first place. On page 111, for instance, when recounting Plato's The Republic that mentions mathematical concepts, he writes, “The following quote may be incomprehensible to people like me who never managed to follow higher mathematics. But it shows the high level of mathematical discussion that went on more than 2500 years ago.” I found statements like this relatively amusing, but again, it is his sense of wonder which is endearing, not necessarily his complete understanding of every last bit of the subject matter. In other instances, he explains how he can't read certain languages and has to rely on the english translations, but still, even the english version provides vast realms of possibility.

Overall, I thought Odyssey of the Gods was somewhat pieced together and did not provide a really cohesive outline. Since he has written so many books, he often refers the reader back to previous books instead of rehashing subject material, but it gave me the sense that a lot went missing into his storytelling. As such, the entire work gave me the sense that this is merely 'tacked on' to his other ideas and not necessarily meant to be standalone. If you've read other Däniken books, this probably won't bother you, but if you haven't, then I would pick up some of his older material first.