I'm not really crazy about the ODYSSEY. I think most readers would be more interested in the ILIAD.
One of the recommendations of the ODYSSEY over the other surviving Homeric epic is its sword-and-sandals adventure, the Olympian Gods, and the wondrous mythical beasts. But Homer doesn't really revel in these aspects of the story; he's too much a realist. Readers coming to the poem expecting Harryhausen-style hydras and swashbuckling will likely be disappointed with the slow romance subplot and the long contemplations of solitude.
Even though I prefer the ILIAD, it's cool to read through both epics to find earlier versions of the same mythemes on display in modern works, such as LORD OF THE RINGS.
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