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Every Book Has a Silver Lining: Quicksilver

Christina Huang
In this weekly review, Every Book has a Silver Lining, staff reporter Christina Huang takes a look at books to find their silver lining.

Quicksilver, by Stephanie Spinner, is a retelling of five famed stories within Greek mythology—the story of Persephone and Hades, Perseus’ defeat of Medusa, the golden apple, and the retrieval of the body of a hero in the Trojan War. Their connection? Each of these five stories shares a common character: Hermes

One of the more overlooked gods out of the twelve Greek gods on Olympus, Hermes plays a role, no matter how small, in each of these stories. Quicksilver is a retelling from Hermes’ first-person perspective. The rare perspective brought originality, but it became one of readers’ biggest issues. As a minor character in a few of these stories, Hermes is a limited narrator, which can impact the excitement level of readers.  

Other readers took issue with the characters themselves. Hermes is described as a mischievous yet compassionate “ultimate Olympian insider” by Spinner in her author’s note. These were traits that were mentioned. However, some readers felt that they weren’t shown as expected within the story. His compassion was commonly shown as guilt, shown to be one of his most prevalent traits. 

All in all, Spinner crafted a story that served well as a light, quick overview of some of the popular Greek myths, but was less successful in its entertainment value, especially for those who expected an introduction to more lesser-known stories. Nonetheless, the unique perspective—while it wasn’t fully taken advantage of—aided, in small part, in bringing the often undervalued, supporting character of Hermes into light. 

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Christina Huang
Christina Huang, Staff Reporter/Interactive Media Editor
Christina Huang is a sophomore in her first year officially with Wingspan. She enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano and viola, and finding/creating wallpapers for her phone which she will likely never use. She’s looking forward to the opportunity to better her writing and find the good in scorned books this year through her book blog: Every Book Has a Silver Lining. Contact Christina:
Sarayu Bongale
Sarayu Bongale, Managing Editor
Sarayu Bongale is a junior entering her second year of Wingspan. Her favorite activities include competitively swimming and listening to music. On campus, she is a historian for orchestra and holds the Fundraising Chair of UNICEF among other clubs. In her free time, you can find her FaceTiming her friends or shopping for her overflowing wardrobe. Sarayu is looks forward to being a Managing Editor and is excited to see what is to come this year. Contact Sarayu:

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