I decided to read The Odyssey earlier this year (actually, I listened to it) without realizing it was one of the books on the LOST list. I wrote a very short review on my blog which you can read here if you like.
How does The Odyssey relate to LOST? In the epic poem Odysseus is attempting to return home across the sea to his wife Penelope (and his kingdom) after an absence of many years. One obstacle after another gets in his way but he eventually overcomes them all and makes it home safely. Once there he finds he cannot be reunited with his queen until he has killed all those who plotted against him during his time away. That finally accomplished, he and his wife retire to the countryside.
Now does that remind you of anyone? Desmond and Penny maybe?! I can't believe I didn't pick up on this while I was listening to this story - it makes perfectly logical sense. Penny's name should have been a dead giveaway (Penny = Penelope = DUH!). Desmond has been gone for years, he and Penny have been pining for each other just like Odysseus and Penelope, Desmond and Odysseus meet with many obstacles on the sea including being stranded on an island, and in the end they live happily ever after ... at least Odysseus and Penelope do. Let's just hope that LOST continues to parallel The Odyssey until the end and gives Des & Penny their own happily ever after!