Friday, July 15, 2016

Review: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Published August 19 2014 by Disney Hyperion

"A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that." 
In the spirit of continuing the Percy Jackson binge-read (or binge-listen since I've been doing these on audio), I picked up Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Told through Percy Jackson's voice, we are treated to his character's take on Greek Mythology. With Riordan's usual humor and snark, I had an absolute blast brushing up on my Greek Titans, Gods and Goddesses. More than ever, I wish these books had been around when I was in high-school. I know I would have gotten even more of a kick out of these stories at that age. As it is, I don't remember a time where I laughed out loud so much while reading a book!  Honestly, I was cracking up every chapter at least. If you like to laugh, enjoy Mythology and are a fan of Percy Jackson, you need to check out this book.

Greek Gods opens up with Percy's trademark snark. As he introduces us to the earliest Greek Myths, he makes sure to poke fun at them and always takes a light-hearted approach to the stories...even when the stories are gory, gross or just plain weird.  The book starts off by introducing us to the Titans. I never read up much on the Titans in University or school, so even though I was familiar with certain Titans like Cronus and Rhea, I had a lot to brush up on when it came to them and the rest of their crazy family.  From what I recalled though, Percy's take on the was more or less accurate, other than the references to modern culture that was obviously added in to be humorous. Which is was. Thinking about Titans and reality shows or pop culture was awesome. 

After covering all of the Titans and their most popular stories, we switched gears and crossed over to God and Goddess territory. Here I was much more familiar with the original Myths and had a lot of fun comparing what I'd learned with Riordan's take on the whole thing.  I think it's a stroke of brilliance that he decided to tell this story through Percy's voice. Having Percy hark on about how ridiculous Zeus was, or how crazy Hera was...well it made the entire story more real, if that makes sense? The Gods and Goddesses seemed approachable. Even (dare I say?) human. After we covered the 12 major Greek Gods, I felt like I'd had a nice refresher on all of their stories and that I knew them a little better, albeit in a novel kind of way.

The bottom line is that Percy Jackson's Greek Gods was way too much fun! I laughed more times than I can count at the way Percy told their famous myths. The plot isn't structured like a regular story though because it's almost like a collection of short stories, featuring individual Gods/Goddesses. Because of it, the pacing wasn't always consistent but it wasn't a major issue for me. I think Rick Riordan did a solid job of introducing mythology to a younger generation in a fun and approachable way!  I think the first part of the blurb here does a good job of showcasing Percy's humor and voice. The audio was done by Jesse Bernstein and he really captures Percy's voice perfectly. Fans of the series should really give this one a try.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 3 Stars

12 comments:

  1. I LOVE Rick Riordan that guy is a funny man! I remember going to a book event for the release of one of his books in the heroes series, and he had me in stitches the entire time he was talking. I love the book description for this book, "Can we do this annonymously, because I don't need the Olympians mad at me." Oh rick! LOL.
    I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I'm hoping my library gets it eventually so I can just rent it there. I didn't even realize the audio was available for this one.
    Great review!
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

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    1. He's one of the few authors I enjoy that I haven't met. Every time he was at a bookish event it was ticketed or at the same time as someone else I couldn't miss...but I hope I do get to meet him someday! I bet it's just like seeing a grown up Percy XD I didn't realize the audio was available either until I stumbled upon it...and then automatically borrowed it LOL! Lots of fun :) Thanks Emily^^

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  2. This sounds like so much fin and it is definitely one I want to read. I love that its Percy telling the stories.

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    1. That's the best word for this book Teresa: fun! Percy's voice is hilarious :)

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  3. I'm sure Zane and I would both enjoy this addition to the series. It sounds like a lot of fun to read. I love being in Percy's head too with all that snark so I'm sure readers can't help but LOL

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    1. Being in Percy's head is the best part of everything Riordan writes. After Percy being so overlooked in Blood of Olympus, I was relieved to be reunited with him again!

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  4. I loved mythology as a kid, but probably remember very little now. I bet reading this would be a blast as well as a fun refresher. And like you I think I knew the major gods/ goddesses but not as much about titans. I think this would be a lot of fun.

    I love that last line in the blurb!

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    1. It was the same thing for me Greg^^ I'd studied Mythology in grade school and a little in Uni but I didn't remember the details, so this really was a fun refresher! And you can't beat Percy's wry sense of humor XD

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  5. I haven't read this one yet! Mostly because while I LOVE the Percy Jackson stories, I'm not actually that into mythology so I don't know if I'd be interested in a book of just straight out mythology without the characters I love.😂 But, I mean, one day, right?!? I want to read all the Riordan! (Except for the Kane Chronicles. Ugh. I didn't like those.)

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    1. Not into Mythology you say?! Le gasp! I kid, I kid...but honestly, the way Percy describes the Titans/Gods/Goddesses makes them seem like characters from the Percy Jackson world...granted with mental powers and mental problems LOL! I haven't tried Kane Chronicles yet but I own the first book...now you've made me curious LOL!

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  6. I'm glad you found this to be a fun read, too, Micheline! Percy's snark had me cackling out loud quite a few times, and the chapter titles were hilarious! XD I wasn't all that familiar with the Titans' origins, so this filled in their stories quite nicely for me. I really must commit to finishing the original PJ series; I've been such a slacker about it, lol!

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    1. Same here! I laughed out loud more times than I can count with this! Percy's snark was on.point. I actually am really excited at the idea of you finishing the series now, I'd love to chat with you about it (as usual) LOL!

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