And so it begins. A simple field trip, pre-teen social stress, and confirmation of what we’ve all suspected: at least some of our math teachers are secretly bloodthirsty harpies just waiting for us to screw up so that they can kill us. All this and more in Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, chapter one, a.k.a.:
So I’m all set to plunge into the first novel of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief. (Here’s my intro blog post if you missed that one.) This will be the first time I’ve ever blogged my experience of reading a book, so I don’t know quite how quickly it will go, but I guess we’ll explore this together.
First, a few ground rules:
- NO SPOILERS! I want to experience the book as Riordan intended. The art of crafting how a story unfolds to a reader is something I’m passionate about. I’d hate to think of someone altering that experience for readers of my own novels, and I don’t see how I should hold myself to different standards when I’m reading. Comments are encouraged, but please leave them spoiler free – or at least blatantly spoiler-tagged to give me some warning.
- …Actually, there’s really only one ground rule, now that I think about it. But I’ve already typed the “2)” there, so, um, let’s see… Do NOT talk about Fight Club! Which actually makes me think of another rule…
- Talk about Michael Reads Percy Jackson as much as you want. Tell your friends if you like. And your family. And Rick Riordan if you know him. In fact, why not hit one of the “share” buttons down at the bottom right now? (Yeah, I’m shameless.)
In my novel Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure, I tackle the concept of Greek gods returning to the modern world, mining the concept for humor, adventure, satire, and general outrageous goofery. (Yeah, goofery is a word now. *flashes Creative License*) You may think it natural to assume that I have drawn inspiration from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, or that I’ve at least read it.
I’m often a very unnatural person. [Read more…]