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the trials of apollo, by rick riordan

23 Jan

london 2.28pm 13.6C sunny cloudy tuesday 2018.

3.29pm 13.6C cloudy

in fact it had been raining earlier as the ground is wet . i went to the tesco at about 12pm and it was not raining then. it is mild this weather , to me anyway. 

7.33pm 12.9C dry

actually there is nothing eventful happening in my life (which is just as well, when i read of what some bloggers have to go through when their loved ones have accidents or ill health and they have to cope with them).

i enjoyed today  because i was reading the books i borrowed from the library. it is one of rick riordan’s books, the apollo series, i had finished the first book and am on the 2nd one of the series.

 i first borrowed the 2nd book and could not make head nor tale of it. with this series you really need to read the first book of the series. i did not know that so was about it give it up, and then i found his magnus chase series in the library and borrowed those and read it all, and then i realised i should read the first book of this apollo series and fortunately found it in the library and read it, finished it  and then came back to this book and started from the beginning and it all makes sense haha. 

they are like those school boy adventure stories full of action and danger . those old school boy adventure stories are limited in time and space.  it may be about our hero in darkest africa, braving lions, tigers, you know the usual wild animals and savages so quite limited in terms of scope of things they can get up to. whilst this one he can draw on the greek, roman, (and in other books norse) myths as well as invent mythological beasts and create a tremendously varied and out of this world adventures and it all makes sense too within the context of the story. and then he throws in modern day references and things, which makes it funny as well.

i think he must be influenced by neil gaiman’s, american gods, in that book, neil posits that ancient gods have moved to america, adopt various disguises and continue to exist , because gods exist as long as they have believers. they ‘die’ as it were if they are forgotten and have no one believe in them anymore.

rick riordan’s stories bring me back to how i felt when i was a kid reading all those boys own adventure stories. with the added advantage that it makes me laugh whilst the old school boy adventure books like sanders of the river, tarzan, ‘she’ (who must be obeyed), etc are quite serious. 

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message from rick riordan

6 Oct

london 3.05pm tuesday

I am a huge fan of rick riordan, i like everything he wrote, and i got this email from goodreads from him. he is doing the same thing with the norse gods next novel. it will be interesting to see how he does it, and if it is as well as he did the greek gods it would be a cracking read. 

Welcome to Valhalla!

Let me introduce you to Magnus Chase, a new young hero in my brand new series. Ever since his mother’s mysterious death, sixteen year-old Magnus has been living alone on the streets of Boston. One day, he learns something shocking and impossible; his father is a Norse god. After that, things get very complicated.

I got the idea for Magnus Chase when I was still working on The Sea of Monsters. What if a modern boy died a warrior’s death and ended up in Valhalla, like the Vikings of old? What would Valhalla look like in the 21st century? At the time, I was too busy with Percy Jackson, but the idea for Magnus Chase sat with me, gathering momentum and waiting for the proper moment to be written.

I’m pleased to share with you Magnus’s first adventure inThe Sword of Summer. I feel like I have come full-circle. I finally get to honour the Norse myths, which started me on my path as a writer. I hope you enjoy reading the novel as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Yours in Vikingness,
Rick Riordan