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Literature / Get Lost, Odysseus!

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Get Lost, Odysseus! is Book X in Kate McMullan's Myth-O-Mania series, published in 2014. In a retelling of The Odyssey, Hades debunks Zeus' boasts of helping Odysseus return to Ithaca from the Trojan War.

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  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Hades believes that Odysseus wouldn't have had so much trouble going home from Troy if he didn't reveal his real name to the cyclops he blinded, which would have left Poseidon unaware of who to punish.
  • Loophole Abuse: Hades swears on the River Styx not to directly help Odysseus return to Ithaca, then proceeds to find ways to indirectly help him.
  • On the Next: Averted; in the epilogue, Hades admits to Persephone that he can't decide which myth to correct next.
  • Papa Wolf: After Poseidon learns that Odysseus has blinded his cyclops son, Polyphemus, he swears to give Odysseus a death at sea, and to flood the Underworld if Hades ever provides direct assistance to Odysseus' journey back to Ithaca.

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