Worthless Review: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

(Worthless becase you’ve likely heard much about this already.)

Percy Jackson 2: Electric Boogaloo

Just kidding.

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters

I’m really enjoying this series. In this second book, Percy and Annabeth set off on another quest, this time to save Grover and the Camp. There’s more action, more terrifying and evil monsters to challenge them. More twists. More turns. More mishaps.

I can’t say I liked it better than the first book, mainly because I rarely think a sequel is better in any media. Even if it’s as entertaining as the first one, it doesn’t have that surprise element that new discovery brings. At least for me. And it’s certainly not just this series, but any series. When you read a first book, you’re not just meeting the characters and learning the rules of their world, you’re also meeting the author and reading what he can do. So, with any second book, for me, there’s a little sheen knocked off by expectation and a sense of pre-existing knowledge.

But I digress. For the target audience, youngsters that want to be enthralled with what their reading, it’s another success. It’s full of adventure and easy to cheer for heroes. And, as series go, does a nice job answering enough questions to satisfy the reader, while posing even more, making it nearly impossible to not continue on to the next book.

Highly recommend.

Worthless Review: The Lightining Thief by Rick Riordan

(Worthless becase you’ve likely heard much about this already.)

Finally got around to reading Rick Riordan’s The Lighting Thief. It had been on my to read list for a long time, ever since a fellow kid-let enthusiast and friend had raved about the series, probably three years ago. And, I have to say, it was worth the wait.

Really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a great one to get kids excited about reading. The action is never ending, and even the exposition is fast paced. The dialogue is entertaining and witty and smart. The characters are admirable if flawed, and I think easily identifiable with kids.

But mostly the story is terribly exciting. Can this misfit of a boy, who happens to be the half-god son of Poseidon, successfully complete his arduous adventure, literally to hell and back, to save his new found Olympus-based family? (And can that question get any longer?) Like any great Odyssey tale, the obstacles are seemingly insurmountable until they’re cleverly disposed of.

While it won’t win any literature awards or earn great recognition as an example in character study – simply because it isn’t meant to be – it is a book that can challenge and teach children even as it entertains them. It is simply a great story, in the same vein as Harry Potter, it’s a fantastic adventure, and I fully understand why kids are drawn to it. Endlessly entertaining.