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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite
The Thesoddy by JD Peterson is a crazy version of Homer's Odyssey set on a distant planet with a lot of crazily named people and creatures. It starts with an introduction to this world and the writer who is being 'translated' in the story to give us a little context about the history surrounding this lost work. We meet Thesod, who is going on a great journey and encountering a huge number of different places and events on his quest, some of which are more entertaining than others. The narrative also contains a great number of entertaining pictures about this alien world where the story is taking place that really bring it to life.
The only part that took a while to get used to was that everything rhymed, which made it a little bit sillier and over-the-top than the author might have necessarily needed. Throughout the work, there are a lot of footnotes and superscripts that redirect the reader to inside jokes that the author is making, and they are perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the entire work. They are well written and contribute to the overall story, making it feel authentic and preposterous at the same time.
It was very entertaining to read this story, and several parts of it were very funny in how they recreated events from the actual epic it is satirizing. There were some passages and pictures that blew me away with how detailed and impressive they were, paying very close attention to detail in creating the fiction while staying true to the original. The Thesoddy by JD Peterson makes a few missteps in storytelling, but it is a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable read.