nebroadwe: (Books)
So Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, has a new book coming out on May 4, The Red Pyramid. (Also, evidently, the first book of the Percy Jackson sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus, entitled The Lost Hero, streeting on October 12. Huh. The things you learn while googling ...) He's doing a publicity tour for it that will fetch up in my vicinity on May 5. I don't live completely off the beaten path for author tours, but it's the rare one that both a) features an author in whom I'm interested; and b) doesn't require out-of-state travel. Forget Florida -- sorry, [ profile] evil_little_dog -- when I retire, I'm moving to Minnesota or California or New York so I can meet cool professional writers all the time. I'll be known as That Gray-Haired Granny Again and strike terror into the hearts of bookshop owners everywhere. Heh, heh, heh ...

Er, anyway, I called the bookshop that's arranging tickets for the event and managed to sniggle two of the last three available for me and the goddaughter who introduced me to Percy Jackson (with predictable results). Zing! The Not-Yet-Gray-Haired Auntie strikes a blow for fandom, swooping down to pluck author access from the jaws of venue management, leaving a flapping of dust jackets in her wake. Ha!
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Percy Jackson and the Sphairochionomaché
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Character(s): Percy and Annabeth
Pairing(s): Percy/Annabeth
Word Count: ~1000
Rating: G
Warnings: Set after The Last Olympian; no earth-shattering spoilers.
A/N: Written in response to the prompt "winter" provided by [ profile] cornerofmadness for the Just One Word meme. It was going to be a drabble, but you try shutting Percy up once he gets going. Concrit welcomed with snow angels. Crossposted from [ profile] nebroadwe to [ profile] halfbloodhill and [ profile] percylicious.

      "Ha!" I shouted as another of my Slushballs of Doom hit Annabeth square in the face.

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nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: The Sky Will Burn: A Sequence
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Character(s): Calypso, with cameos from various others
Pairing(s): one-sided Calypso/Percy
Word Count: 700
Rating: PG
Warnings: Set during Battle of the Labyrinth; no earth-shattering spoilers.
A/N: I don't usually write in book fandoms because I find stylistic pastiche harder to pull off than character/setting pastiche. Then Calypso decided she had something to say to me in her own voice and this drabble sequence was the result. Concrit welcomed with a sea-proof scarf. Crossposted from [ profile] nebroadwe to [ profile] cabinthree and [ profile] percylicious.
Dedication(s): For [ profile] ravensnow, who's borrowing my copies of the books.

The gods send her no warnings ... )
nebroadwe: (Books)
The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
Percy Jackson thought he had problems -- ADHD, dyslexia, an abusive stepfather, and an instinct for trouble that's gotten him kicked out of one school after another -- but that was before his math teacher tried to kill him, he lost his mother in a minotaur attack, and he learned that his father was Poseidon, god of the sea. The Olympians are still thriving in updated forms in twenty-first-century America, now the heart of the West. But dark forces are stirring, threatening Percy with monsters by day and evil dreams by night. Worse yet, someone has decided to frame Poseidon for the theft of Zeus's lightning bolt, and unless Percy can recover it, war in heaven will destroy the earth. Now he knows he's got problems ... and his chronicler Rick Riordan has the Midas touch. He updates the Greek myths without losing their archetypal flavor; he maneuvers between verbal registers with ease, so that both Percy's irreverent narration and the terrible formality of the gods revealed sound natural; and he provides his eminently likeable characters with a rip-roaring series of adventures for the reader to root them through. Percy occasionally sounds a bit old for his years and some of the minor human characters (particularly his mother and stepfather) are inconsistently or flatly characterized, but these are quibbles. Hey, the man uses "hither" correctly -- what's not to love? First in a series of five books with an overarching plot and a defined end point; the next two installments, The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse show improvement on the characterization front, as Riordan learns to better balance comic grotesquerie and emotional seriousness. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Recommended for classicists with a sense of humor.


nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
The Magdalen Reading

August 2014



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