Showing posts with label Rick Riordan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rick Riordan. Show all posts

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lots of Adventures

While watching the movie We Bought a Zoo with my family this evening, it made me think about something. Adventures. It seems like people talk about them so much, but how many people have the actual courage to embark on an adventure? So many people go about their life, going to school, going to class, going to work, and they never really do anything out of the ordinary. They say that tomorrow they'll do something different, tomorrow they'll get out to do what they've always wanted to do. Travel. Go skydiving. Go bungee jumping. People want to make their lives worth living, but it seems to me that they don't do much to change their ways. Because people are afraid of change. I'll have to admit, I'm one of those people. But this summer, I've decided that I want to do something different. I want to see what else the world has to offer, so for the past 6 months or so (maybe a little longer) I've been working on getting my way to England. And in 24 days, a dream that I've had for years, an adventure that I've always wanted to embark on, is going to happen. And I've never been more scared or excited for something in my life. It's crazy! I know, this is kind of a tangent away from books (and yes, I will be able to connect this to the book I just finished reading, trust me), but I want to inspire people to take adventures. Even though it may seem impossible in the beginning, it almost always will be worth it.

Anyway, the book I just finished, The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan, has a little bit to do with adventures. It's the third book in the Kane Chronicles, and I believe I have talked about the first two on here, if you're interested (check out Some Egyptian Mythology and Old Books and Fast Reading for the first two books). Sadie and Carter once again have to save the world from oncoming doom (I know, shocking, huh?) because Apophis, the Egyptian god of chaos, has been set loose and wants to bring chaos to the world, which would end up completely destroying the world. Will they succeed? I guess you'll have to read and find out :)

Though it's based on Egyptian mythology instead of Greek mythology, this series is quite a lot like the Percy Jackson series, which makes sense, considering it's by the same author. But I kind of wish it wouldn't be so similar. In Percy Jackson, something is always happening that stops the kids from what they need to do (usually the gods interfering) but then something miraculous happens and the day is saved. I think almost every book of his has this plot actually....don't get me wrong, they're absolutely fabulous books, I just kind of wish that he would change it up every once in a while. I mean, so many bad things don't have to happen to his main characters; it seems like at every turn, Sadie and Carter have some other mess to get out of (Percy was the same way). And this is where I return back to the adventure thing. Though they might not exactly be believable...Sadie and Carter are having adventures. Yes, most of their adventures mean life or death, but they're living life to the fullest! They're not staying inside, on Facebook, Twitter, or playing videogames, they're out doing things to save the world. And while not everyone can be an Egyptian magician  and save the world, everyone has something on their list that they want to do this summer, this year, in ten years, or even twenty. The point is to get out and do it before you can't. Even if you won't save the world like Sadie and Carter, I promise it will be worth it.

Next, I will be reading the Scott Pilgrim series, because it's quick and was recommended to me by someone on the Central Quidditch team. Until then, happy reading, and happy adventuring! :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Mythology Lesson

Rick Riordan is making mythology interesting to young readers. Yes, Greek and Roman myths are interesting on their own, but let's face it. Younger kids, especially now, are getting harder and harder to entertain, with all of this technology and information at their fingertips. Rick Riordan has written multiple series that get kids interested in mythology again. And not just Greek mythology. Sure, Percy Jackson was all about Greek mythology. But he has another series about Egyptian mythology, and his spin off of Percy Jackson includes both Roman and Greek mythology. His books aren't just entertaining, they're educational as well. That's what I think is fantastic about them. While reading The Son of Neptune, I learned things about Greek and Roman mythology that I had never known before. And I always love learning new things while I'm reading.

The Son of Neptune is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Lost Hero being the first. The Lost Hero follows the events at Camp Half-Blood, Percy has gone missing and this mysterious hero has appeared in his place. The Son of Neptune switches to Percy's point of view, and catches the reader up on what has happened with Percy during the events in The Lost Hero. At the beginning, Percy has lost his memory, and he arrives at a mysterious camp, Camp Jupiter, where he meets Frank and Hazel, both characters that hold dangerous secrets. The three of them get sent on a mission that will decide the fate of both camps, and the rest of the world. Will they succeed? You'll have to read to find out :)

I loved the fact that Riordan told the story from the points of view of all three main characters. It really allows the reader to get the whole story, see what's happening from all different angles, and especially since Percy has lost his memory for a majority of the book, you can really understand what's going on. Also, you get to know a lot more about Hazel and Frank through hearing them tell their own stories. They each have very interesting and intricate stories that wouldn't have been nearly as effective coming from Percy. You become more intimate to these characters this way, and I think it will be interesting when the 7 of the prophecy (mentioned in the first book, and the driving force of the series) all come together. Will Riordan tell the story from all of their points of view? That's a lot of main characters to keep track of, but the way he has set up the series leads me to believe that this is the way that he's going to do it. It will definitely make for an interesting, and long, book.

I love Percy Jackson. I have ever since I picked up The Lightning Thief. He's just such a likable character, and his weakness is endearing. To have a friend who is completely loyal is something that everyone wants. Percy would give his life for his closest friends. And I think that is what makes the whole series, the first and now the second. Rick Riordan created a very, very likable character, and I think that's what drives a lot of people to the series. Yes, it's well written, and yes, it has an interesting plot line, but those aren't the only things that make a book. A book can have both of those things and still be an absolutely horrible book. The characters make the story. And Riordan has definitely created characters that make a great story.

Now I am reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, and I am super excited. I love this book, and this trilogy, and while I think the first two are more exciting, I still like Mockingjay. But more on that later. Until I finish Mockingjay, happy reading! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Old books and fast reading

Yeah, I've finished another book already. Once I have a lot of free time, I can devour books pretty quickly. And it being summer and all well...I have quite a bit of free time. So be prepared to learn about a lot more books :) Anyway, I just finished The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, which is the sequel to The Red Pyramid. Shorter than the first one, but it still packs just as much action. It seems like just after Sadie and Carter finish something, something else goes wrong. They never can catch a break. I feel a little sorry for them, they are just kids after all. Why do they have to do all the saving of the world? I'd say that it isn't really fair. But I suppose someone has to do it, and supposedly they're the most powerful magicians to be born in a while. (I don't think that's really giving anything away, since obviously they have to be important or the whole series wouldn't be about them). All in all, I liked this book and can't wait to read the next one.

On to the old books thing. In case you couldn't tell, I'm kind of a book nerd. My weakness is books. You should see the bookshelf in my room. Overflowing. We counted one time, and we have like 600 some books. And that was last year. Who knows how many we have now. So, I work at a thrift store called Shelby's Place, which is run by the Humane Society and all of our proceeds go to them. It's a pretty cool place to work, since we have cats running around the store. But in the store we have a book section, and let me tell you, we get some interesting books in. I'm the one that usually takes care of all the books we get in, so I get to see first hand the books that we get in. We get some really, really old books in, which I think is really cool. The other day, after my shift, I was looking through the books and found two that I wanted to buy. One was called Rhetoric and Composition and was published in 1908 or 1909, I can't remember which one. But that's really cool! I think it will be interesting to read it and see what they thought about that in that time period, and how much it has changed since then. I also bought a book called The Anthology of Children's Literature which is a collection of children's tales and myths. I think it was published in 1954 or something, also very cool. And then today, when I was putting more books away, I came across a book that was published in 1897. I forget what it was called....but I thought it was so cool! A book published in 1897! It really pegs me as a book nerd, but I thought it was awesome. I now own a book that was published in 1897. How many people can say that? Not many. I can't believe someone wanted to get rid of it. I guess this just shows that one person's trash is another person's treasure.

Now, I will end with what I am going to start reading next. The next book on my list is The Chaos by Rachel Ward, which is the sequel to Numbers. It looks pretty good, so I'm pretty excited. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Some Egyptian Mythology

My latest read was The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. You might recognize the author, he is the same author that wrote the Percy Jackson . Another fantastic series that I would highly recommend. Anyway, back to The Red Pyramid. This book is similar to Percy Jackson, but different. I know, that's confusing. But let me explain. For those of you that don't know, Percy Jackson is about a kid who finds out one of his parents is a Greek God, and the chaos that ensues after this. Percy Jackson is a fairly important piece in the final battle of the gods, etc. etc. Side Note: I discovered this series because of a free book that I received from the library for the summer reading program. So I started reading it before it became really popular. I keep getting off topic. The Red Pyramid is similar in the two main characters, Sadie and Carter, play an important part in the battle of the gods as well. But it's different because they aren't necessarily the children of the gods, they just have the gods' magic. Oh, and it's Egyptian mythology and not Greek mythology. Pretty interesting stuff.

I'd have to say while I enjoyed The Red Pyramid quite a bit, learning about a culture that I didn't know very much about, I still enjoyed Percy Jackson better. I think this is because I know quite a bit about Greek mythology (I took a class about it in high school). Rick Riordan has another series going as well (Heroes of Olympus), but it only has the first book out, which I read awhile ago. Another great read, by the way. This series connects Greek and Roman mythology, and I think I also like this one better than The Red Pyramid. Again, because I know more about the Greeks and the Romans than I do about the Egyptians. Not that I didn't like learning Egyptian mythology, it was quite interesting. I found it a little harder for me to follow all the names of the gods and such, because they were so new to me. But hopefully as the series goes on, I will pick up more and more, and it will maybe grow on me.

For some reason, this book reminded me a little bit of Eragon. In Eragon, when he uses magic, he drains him of energy. The same thing happens in The Red Pyramid. When they use their magic, they are drained of energy, and if they use too much, they could literally burn up. Also, in Eragon, Eragon is trying to defeat the evil lord that has taken over the country. In The Red Pyramid, Sadie and Carter are trying to defeat the evil god of chaos before he takes over the world. There were a few more similarities that I found when I was reading, but I can't remember what they were. (Eragon is another book that I would recommend. I am just full of recommendations today).

I've decided, at the end of each post, I'm going to start saying what I am going to read next, that way, if you're interested, you could read it too. I think next, I am going to read The Throne of Fire, the sequel to The Red Pyramid. Hopefully, it's as good as the first!