WWW Wednesday 6/17/2020

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Lightning Thief | Disney Books | Disney Publishing Worldwide

Okay, so the moment I found out about the Disneyplus series, I bought the box set. My only experience with Percy Jackson was the movies unfortunately, but so far I am enjoying this, and hopefully I will read the spin off series as well.

Amazon.com: The Rage of Dragons (The Burning Book 1) eBook: Winter ...

This had me at dragons. I picked this book up back in February and this is a an epic high fantasy, with some great world building so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amazon.com: LaGuardia eBook: Okorafor, Nnedi, Ford, Tana: Kindle Store

This is a graphic novel which deals with aliens and immigration, which also feels very timely right now. This was also sitting on my shelf for a long time, and it really is a great one. I have read Nnedi Okorafor books before, and it still has that great world building and characters.

Amazon.com: The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy ...

Going into the mind of N.K. Jemisin again, with a nice sci fi story set in New York, in which a group of seemingly ordinary people who have to work together. Because it’s an N.K Jemisin it has great characters, snappy dialogue and good world building.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Amazon.com: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin eBook: Brown, Roseanne A ...

This just came in a few days ago, and I am dying to read this, and the premise looks amazing.

Amazon.com: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game Series) (9781335692290 ...

I picked this up back in January, and it has been on my backlist for a while now. I met the author back in January at a book event, and was very intrigued by the premise.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (AKA The Book was Better) By: Rick Riordan

Summary:

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.

The Review:

This is book wasn’t on my TBR, but I decided to read it anyway because people talk about how much they love the book and hate the movie, and I also know I am very late with this series but I heard so many great things about it that I had to give it a chance, and I really liked what I read.

First, lets discuss the charcaters. Percy is good protagonist, sort of reminded me of Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter in which he lives a mediocre life until he realizes he is destined for something more. It was also great to be introduced to the world through his eyes. As the son of Poseidon, he dealing with the fact that he is the son of the Big Three Gods.

Annabeth and Grover were great supporting characters. They did a good job helping Percy on his quest and learning more about the world around him. Grover is a satyr who was tasked to protecting him and then became his best friend. Annabeth the daughter of Athena gives him the knowledge of the Greek Gods and its ties to the modern world.

The main plot involves Percy being accused of stealing the lightning bolt from Zeus, and he, Annabeth and Grover are tasked with going to the Underworld confront Hades and find the bolt before the Gods go to war. While it does seem like a road trip book it was filled with side stops including defeating Medusa, while fighting off forces trying to kill them.

This book did a good job at mixing Greek/Roman mythology in the modern world, and it actually made a lot of sense, and even how some famous people are sons and daughters of gods and goddesses.

It was a very good first book that did a great job at introducing characters and the world around them. I will definitely be reading.

Now for my thoughts on the movie. I saw the movie before reading the book, and it may be cliche for me to say that the book was better. But the book had so much stuff the movies left out and for no sense whatsoever. Also the movie mad really bad adaptation choices which would have further ruined future adaptations. I think a TV show is in the works along with a musical, but I would have liked to have seen a great adaptation of this series.

Grade: 4/5