Tag Archives: Rick Riordan

Book Review – The Hammer of Thor

The Hammer of Thor book coverMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Anyone who reads this blog (or has talked to me about books) probably knows that I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan. His writing is fresh and witty, funny but never loses that emotional anchor. As always, he does not disappoint with The Hammer of Thor. Picking up after the events of the first book, The Sword of Summer, this novel had me laughing out loud from the first chapter. It also has adventure and more character development. (Caution: very slight spoiler ahead for anyone who is familiar with Rick Riordan’s other work…) And it ended with me slightly agape and very excited for the next novel because this was the last paragraph: “Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.”

Book Review – The Hidden Oracle

The Hidden Oracle book coverThe Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo picks up six months after the conclusion of the war against Gaea and her giants in Rick Riordan’s previous series, The Heroes of Olympus. Zeus, angry over the part that one of Apollo’s demigod sons played in the recent war, punishes Apollo by turning him into a dorky, mortal teenage boy. Apollo wakes up in an alley in New York City with fuzzy memories from his previous four thousand years and only a fraction of his usual godly powers. Tethered to the servitude of a surly daughter of Demeter named Meg, Apollo must find a way back into Zeus’ favor and Olympus. Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors because his writing captivates my attention from start to finish. I mean, each chapter in The Hidden Oracle starts with a haiku (Apollo being the god of poetry), how can you NOT like that? I also love, love Rick Riordan’s sense of humor and the way he weaves ancient Greek mythology through the modern world. While I don’t believe it is strictly necessary to start at the beginning of Riordan’s Greek mythology series (going all the way back to The Lightning Thief) in order to enjoy this new one, some minor things will be lost if you don’t and I think all the rich history of this world is worth the extra effort.

Book Review – The Sword of Summer

The Sword of Summer book coverMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Having now read 13 of Mr. Riordan’s mythology-based adventure novels, I can say with certainty that he knows what he’s doing. While each pantheon (Greek, Roman, Egyptian and now Norse) has its own feel and characters, all of the books have the same wittiness, fun, and charisma. Magnus Chase has been living on the streets of Boston for the past two years. Since his mother’s death, nothing has felt quite right. Then on his sixteenth birthday, he is tracked down by his estranged uncle who tells him that he is actually the son of a Norse god. Magnus must fulfill his destiny by finding the Sword of Summer and keeping it from falling into the wrong hands and hastening Ragnarok. Cue a quest through several of the Nine Worlds using runic magic, dwarven crafting, and a sword with a mind of its own. I absolutely recommend Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, but then again, I was predisposed to like it.

15 Literary Guys That I Wish Were Real

Not in any particular order.
Add yours in the comments!

15 Literary Guys (from books I’ve read) That I Wish Were Real
Persuasion by Jane Austen 1. Captain Frederick Wentworth
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle 2. Derek Stone
Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle
The Mysterious Affair at Styles 3. Hercule Poirot
Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 4. Étienne St. Clair
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Vision in White by Nora Roberts 5. Carter Maguire
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 6. Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 7. Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series &
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 8. Sirius Black
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman 9. Will Parry
His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
The Start of Me and You 10. Max Watson
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond 11. Jeremy Laidley
Rather series by C.A. Belmond
Emma by Jane Austen 12. George Knightley
Emma by Jane Austen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. Dickon Sowerby
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 14. Dr. John Dolittle
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 15. Tristran Thorn
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Check this out… What We Can All Learn from “Percy Jackson”

What We Can All Learn From “Percy Jackson” — And Reading Kid Lit as a Whole via Bustle

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.

Then you can read my opinion here.

Book Review – The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of OlympusThe 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.

Author Profile – Rick Riordan

Born: June 5, 1964, San Antonio, TXRick Riordan

Website: www.rickriordan.com 

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.

Bibliography:

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)
Southtown (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)