Presented here are two updates to the Appendix N for Treasure Hunter Adventures. Together with the previous addition, Thieves of Baghdad, they are the three texts that most influenced Skulduggery.
Title: Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer
Author: Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer
Publisher and Date: Harper & Rowe, Publishers, 1983
While perhaps not as well known as the Epic of Gilgamesh (see below), these stories and hymns provide a fascinating glimpse into the importance of the goddess Inanna in ancient Mesopotamian culture. What is more, it differs from many other publications about mythology in that it combines the talents of a cuneiform scholar (Kramer) with those of a folklorist (Wolkestein). The result is an engaging and informative read.
Title: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Author: N. K. Sandars
Publisher and Date: Penguin Books Ltd., 1972
This story is one of the oldest myths in human history, and this slim paperback provides an excellent translation of it. It tells of cultural heroes striving to overcome powerful foes, and then shifts into focusing on the human struggle with mortality. It also contains a story of a world-destroying flood with parallels to the one presented in the Bible.