Sunday, June 28, 2015

[Recommendation] The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson #3) - Rick Riordan

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In THE TITAN'S CURSE, the third novel in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Percy and his friends have to deal with the aftermath of freeing the titan Kronos.
Wonderful and Likeable Main Character

I have only watched the first two movies and not read the books and just went ahead and read the third book. I didn't have any problems trying to understand who was who, even though Riordan doesn't make an effort to describe what has previously happened. I got quite annoyed at Mead doing the opposite in her Vampire Academy series and always summarizing everything in the first chapter, so this was refreshing.

Because Percy is such a young protagonist, I didn't expect to identify with him at all as a twenty-something. I was wrong. Percy is a very smart character that does act his age while not being either obnoxious or naive. Many authors try and fail at writing about characters that are that young, but Riordan masters it skillfully.

The key to making Percy so realistic and pleasant to read about it that most of the action in the novel is describes via little hints that Percy doesn't get. Riordan doesn't try to make him the omniscience hero that figures everything out right away, quite on the contrary. He's impulsive, doesn't put much thought into his actions and oftentimes flat out embarrasses himself while failing dramatically. I love that. I identified and sympathized 100% with Percy and that's remarkable, judging by the fact that he's a thirteen year-old boy.

Perfect Blend of Mythology and Own Ideas

I've seen so many authors try to tackle Greek mythology as a background for their novels and just flat out fail. Riordan doesn't just use the myths as story lines in his book but creates a vivid, entertaining and unique world on his own. There are rarely times when I thought he just took this from The Iliad as I did when reading works of Angelini, Carter, or Cabot.

Riordan mixes mythology skillfully with his own imagination and puts a very unique and different spin on things. His portrayals of the different gods are hilarious, spot on and super entertaining.
Another main thing that absolutely fascinates me about the series is how funny it is. Riordan is a master at funny dialogue without trying hard and I found myself having to pause several times because I was laughing so hard.

Towards the end the story drags a little. Percy and his friends are constantly being hunted by mythological beings and it gets a little repetitive if you're familiar with the story lines of the first two novels. However, I enjoyed to meet new Gods and get to see Riordan's interpretations of them. I wasn't a fan of setting one of the battles in the Smithsonian, I've just seen too many other novels and movies do that. I'm looking forward to reading the next novel!




Overall: Do I Recommend?

You don't have to read the first books if you've already watched the movies. I didn't. You won't miss anything and the movies do an alright job at introducing you to the world of Percy Jackson.
I know already that I will reread the series at some point so I'll get all the small hints that are scattered throughout the novels. I love how Riordan nods to readers familiar with The Iliad and gives us the opportunity to find out which character we're dealing with.

If you love Greek mythology, this is the series for you and I'm by no means surprised at how successful the franchise has become. Riordan is an excellent writer and Percy an extremely lovable and likeable hero. I dearly recommend the series.

Additional Info

Original Title: The Titan's 
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: May 5th 2007
Pages: 320
Medium: Hardcover
Genre: YA / Mythology / Greek


But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive..."(Source: Goodreads)

What's your favorite Greek mythology read?

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