Very interesting article defending “pleasure reading” from being called inferior to so-called “high literature.” Read it and let me know what you think in the comments.
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
It’s over. After nine years and ten witty and entertaining books, Rick Riordan’s Greek mythology novel series is complete. Writing this review feels a little bittersweet as I’m sad that there will be no more exciting Greek/Roman demigod adventures to read but, on the other hand, completely satisfied by the last installment. Yes, I’m an unadulterated Rick Riordan fangirl but “The Blood of Olympus” was truly a great ending to The Heroes of Olympus series. It had it all: page-turning suspense, the usual levity and fun, emotional drama and a rewarding resolution. I don’t want to give anything away for those that haven’t been able to devour their copies yet so I’ll just say that if you haven’t tried these books, I highly recommend them all as some of the best I’ve read.
Born: June 5, 1964, San Antonio, TX
Richard Russell “Rick” Riordan, Jr. was born in San Antonio, Texas to a musician/artist mother and ceramicist father, who were also both teachers. He was editor of his high school newspaper. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in English and history.
Mr. Riordan’s first career was as a middle-school teacher. He worked at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco, California for eight years before moving back to San Antonio. After six more years of teaching at Saint Mary’s Hall, Mr. Riordan made the tough decision to become a full-time writer, although he is still teaching kids through his books.
While living in San Francisco, Mr. Riordan was nostalgic for his hometown in Texas. He wrote his first novel “Big Red Tequila,” a mystery set in San Antonio. He taught Greek mythology to his students and got the idea for his best-selling Percy Jackson series by telling his son, Haley, bedtime stories. “I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want,” he has said, “a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humor, surprises and mystery.”
He currently lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons, Haley and Patrick.
Big Red Tequila (1997)
The Widower’s Two-Step (1998)
The Last King of Texas (2001)
The Devil Went Down to Austin (2002)
Cold Springs (2004)
Mission Road (2005)
The Lightning Thief (2005)
The Sea of Monsters (2006)
The Titan’s Curse (2007)
Rebel Island (2008)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
The Maze of Bones (2008)
The Last Olympian (2009)
The Demigod Files (2009)
The Lost Hero (2010)
The Red Pyramid (2010)
The Son of Neptune (2011)
The Throne of Fire (2011)
Vespers Rising (2011)
The Mark of Athena (2012)
The Demigod Diaries (2012)
The Serpent’s Shadow (2012)
The House of Hades (2013)
Son of Sobek (novella, 2013)
The Staff of Serapis (novella, 2014)
Percy Jackson’s Book of Greek Gods (2014)
The Blood of Olympus (2014)
The Blood of Olympus comes out TOMORROW! This week will be dedicated to all things Rick Riordan & The Heroes of Olympus culminating in a review of the book on Friday.
So to get things started… here are some fun pins from Pinterest having to do with The Heroes of Olympus because yes, there are people out there who love it more than me. O_O
Check out this wonderful article on Rick Riordan and the changing world of kid’s literature.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for “The House of Hades.”
Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series is technically closer to YA than the Percy Jackson series, but only because the characters are older. (And even then, not all of its characters are). Percy is 17, but you have characters anywhere from 13 to adults. And it’s clean. There’s no cursing, there are a few on-screen kisses (but that’s as far as that goes), and it’s violent, but not scarily so. It’s a great kid lit series. Read more…
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Review: Just another in a string of great books from Rick Riordan. He’s right up there with Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling amongst my favorite authors. “The House of Hades” is the fourth book of The Heroes of Olympus series. This series has a lot more characters than Riordan’s previous books and he writes his characters so well that I’m already scared that one or more of them might end up dying. His characters feel real and I’m attached to all of them. As usual, great combination of mythology, wit and downright great storytelling. Can’t wait until the conclusion comes out next fall!
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Total Reading Time: 6.75 hours
Review: Full disclosure-I started this one a bit early. I make no apologies. I love Rick Riordan. This, the third book in The Heroes of Olympus series and the eleventh Riordan book I’ve read, just reinforces my thought that these books were written especially for me. They are the perfect blend of wit, adventure, imagination, silliness and mythology. I am drawn to every aspect of Riordan’s writing from his compelling characters to interesting plot twists to attention to detail. Love it! The only thing that’s going to tide me over until the next installment (fall 2013) is the fact that Riordan’s stories have great re-readability.