Presenting Author - Rick Riordan

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Presenting Author - Rick Riordan

Postby Astrid Black » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:40 am

Name of the author: Rick Riordan

Main genre: Fiction/ Mythology/ Fantasy
Main audience: Young Adult

Rick Riodan has been praised many times over for his ability to bring ancient mythologies to a young audience in a way that is exciting and fun for them to read. He has written of several pantheons and has yet to miss with his target audience. I have read all of his mythology based books but have never gone into his mystery series as I have yet to find it.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian

The Heroes of Olympus
The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades, The Blood of Olympus

The Kane Chronicles
The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, The Serpent's Shadow

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor (not out yet)

The Trials of Apollo
The Hidden Oracle, The Dark Prophecy (not out yet)

Short summary of the author: Brings ancient mythology into the 21st century in an updated and yet classic way. He holds true to the personality of each god and keeps each of their distinctive qualities to them. His characters are believable and relate-able in a way that makes them seem like real people. His stories are beginning to coalesce, showing a world that is inhabited by many different pantheons. He has brought up real life issues in his books and has had his characters deal with them in different ways to reveal to his audience how someone else may think of the issue or even help them understand. While his mystery series is great (from what I hear), Rick has found his stride with his mythology series.

Good points / bad points: Good points - highly readable with relate-able characters and good plot progression. Bad points - He doesn't really bring the ancient myths up much and when he does it's usually a cliff-notes version. It's normally brought up as a god talking about a memory or someone talking about a myth and how it pertains to the situation at hand.
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Re: Presenting Author - Rick Riordan

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:39 pm

Great choice, Astrid.

I've read the Olympians series and enjoyed it. (Actually, I read quite a few of the Olympians series ... haven't read all of them yet).

I read The Kane Chronicles -- The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, The Serpent's Shadow -- and LOVED them. Ended up buying them and putting them on my own shelves.

I don't know why I loved The Kane Chronicles so much when I just enjoyed the Olympians. It's the same author after all ... But it's a whole different cast of characters -- not just the brother/sister (family) thing but the deities are different too. Greece and Rome compared to Egypt? Maybe I don't care for the Greek/Romans deities so much. :lol:
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Re: Presenting Author - Rick Riordan

Postby Maxim Trevelyan » Fri May 11, 2018 9:04 pm

Title of the book: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Yes (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Main Genres: Fantasy / Mythology / Fiction
Main Audience: Young Adult

Short summary of the story (from Goodreads):
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


Good points / bad points: What I really loved the most about this book is the inclusion of Greek Mythology. I think it is a clever and more importantly, a fun way to introduce the history and mythology to a younger audience. I do agree with Astrid who said that the characters are quite relatable, very nicely developed, and realistic while the plot does not drag on too much. The action and humor were also great.

I think that the only problem I have with the book is that I did not read it when I was its target audience. Not that it is bad to read, not at all, but I felt a certain disconnect at times which quite likely stems from me reading the book as an adult.
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