The Olympians meddle with the plot in my book PHAIAKIA and cause all sorts of havoc to my heroes, so I asked Zeus (the head immortal Olympian hombre) if he could do me a favor. Now, in case you’re wondering why he’s so eager to help, Zeus is under the impression that he’ll be shown in a positive light in PHAIAKIA. It’s amazing how vain these immortals can be, but that’s another story. Let’s start the review.
NOTE FOR BLOG READERS: I’ve gone back and bolded the gods’ highpoints as most of them think so highly of their own opinion that they tend to be rather verbose. If you’re in a hurry, just scan the bold text.
ME: First, Mr. Zeus, thank you for setting this up with your, umm … , fellow immortals. I didn’t realize that you were all such avid readers.
ZEUS: I am the greatest of the gods. You’ve written about that, of course. It’s no problem, Da. I’m glad you’ve the smarts to see to it to have me interviewed first.
ME: Actually, it is D.A., and yes, I’ve portrayed you quite favorably. Your thoughts on Rick Riordan’s series?
ZEUS: I figured the books were another drab retelling of Troy and were based in ancient Greece, an old ho-hummer, but Riordan surprised me. How he found out we immortals moved Olympus to Manhattan is beyond me. This mortal has true talent, a writing hero, I’d say.
ME: Is it true that the half-blood heroes have ADHD as the book says?
ZEUS: Of course, it is true. Double check next time you cross one of these mortals. Like Percy Jackson, all demigods have ADHD and dyslexia. It keeps them hardwired for battle ready mode, enhancing their lightning fast reflexes, if I do say. How it took Percy until junior high to figure this out just shows that Percy is Poseidon’s son. Learning you’re related to Poseidon would be a shock to anyone, but mortals like Percy seem to struggle most with it.
ME: Thank you, Ms. Athena. Uh, Mr. Zeus, can you please remove that thunderbolt from Poseidon’s neck? The fire sensors here at my work are rather sensitive.
HEPHAISTOS: Pardon me, I was fixing the wheel on this here rolling chair. Realistic? Yeah, I read all of Rick’s books. Rick even asked me for help on a part or two. I didn’t have to give much as Rick fills these PERCY JACKSON books with ingenious situations, things even a smart creator like me marvel at. Every chapter of every book puts Percy in some creative fix, and even I puzzle at how Percy Jackson will work his way out. Rick is one clever mortal. He does you credit, Athena. Is Rick one of your offspring?
ZEUS: I’ll take that question. Hephaistos has said his piece, same for you, Athena. Now, I, of course, rule all. Mortals know that so no surprise for them there. Readers do get to learn more about Olympus and some of those minor gods, but most will be surprised to learn little tidbits such as Olympus being atop the Empire State building and the entrance to Hades being in an L.A. recording studio and Daedalus’ labyrinth exiting into a Marriott basement.
ME: Thank you, Mr. Poseidon. Perhaps since Percy Jackson is your son, you could give potential readers a quick summary of the books?
POSEIDON: We immortals usually hear about the demigods after trouble at one of the mortal schools. In Percy’s case, he vaporizes his math teacher on a field trip to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was one of the Furies so no loss there, but the ‘accident’ results in Percy’s first visit to Camp Half-Blood. It’s over on Long Island for those that don’t know. Zeus stuck Dionysus there as the camp counselor, and all the young demigods split into their family houses for hero training. I suppose it to be a good place for them to learn, if they survive. Zeus caused quite a stir making Percy’s first summer there a bit more life threatening than usual. Percy had to roadtrip with his friends across the US.
ZEUS: Don’t blame me for Riordan’s misinterpreting my feelings in the matter. Percy Jackson has since faced more problems than my wrath. The final book, the one due in May, has the fate of the whole world resting on Percy’s shoulders as he takes on Father Kronos. He’s had to cope with more than Camp Half-Blood.
ME: I guess that does it. Thanks, Mr. Zeus and team, for participating in Barrie’s Book Review Club with me. It sounds like we are all fans of Rick Riordan’s PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS series.