Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Reading 2013 Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

I just finished Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series.

This collection of essays about Percy Jackson and the Olympians is very entertaining. Each of the contributing authors chooses an aspect of the series that appeals to him/her and then discusses it. The topics cover everything from how the concept of heroes has changed over time to assigning grades to the parents in the books. Since the authors are already writers for young adults, they know how to make their essays appealing and fun. This is not a glamorized collection of book reports written by adults, but instead it is more of a conversation with friends about things in the series that caught your attention. For those whose interest in Greek mythology has been awakened by reading about Percy and his friends, this is a good introduction to how the old myths relate to the newest version of mythological characters described by Riordan.

I would recommend this book to tweens, teens, and adults. More mature elementary students might enjoy it, but there is some mild language and references to Greek gods seducing mortals. Parents might like to look it over and help younger students decide if they are ready for it - or you could read it together.

I read an e-book version provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book was released in stores on July 2, 2013.

For more information about Percy Jackson or author Rick Riordan, check out the website here. Don't forget - "The Sea of Monsters" opens in theaters on August 7, 2013. The movie has its own website where you can watch a trailer, see photos, and even take a test to find out if you are a half-blood. I found out that I am from the Athena bloodline (which makes sense because she is the goddess of wisdom and I love books and information). Which cabin do you think you would be assigned to at Camp Half-Blood?

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