Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes (or Your Own Personal Odyssey)

4/5

'"The Gods will be with us! We've come this far. We can do it!"
The crew didn't look convinced.' - Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes is basically Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, but with Hercules instead of Hera.  In typical Riordan style, the stories of twelve heroes from classical mythology are told. 
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26050542-percy-jackson-and-the-greek-heroes
  • Perseus - The one with the happy ending.
  • Psyche - The one with the wicked mother-in-law.
  • Phaethon - The one who drives worse than Thalia Grace.
  • Otrera - The original amazon.
  • Daedalus - The one we all remember from Battle of the Labyrinth.
  • Theseus - The one with ADD.
  • Atalanta - The one whose parents followed Spartan advice for what to do with unwanted children.
  • Bellerophon - The one whocouldn't do anything right.
  • Cyrene - The one who attracted two Olympians.
  • Orpheus - The dude with the lyre.
  • Hercules - The one with anger issues.
  • Jason - Bonus points for the gratuitous shout-outs to Jason Grace. 
 It's funny, sarcastic, and filled to the brim with anachronisms. It's also long

(517 pages to be exact.) 

Seriously, reading this book is like taking your own personal odyssey. I personally took it a hero at a time, treating each chapter like a short story. That said, Hercules is over 100 pages all by himself. This book is nothing if not thorough. It doesn't contain every version of every myth about every Greek hero ever -

(Thank God.)

- But it'll give you a good grounding. More to the point, it isn't all the same stories we've heard before. Sure, we all know about Jason, and Hercules has his own Disney film, for crying out loud, but who's heard of Cyrene? Or Bellerophon? I knew Perseus killed Medusa, but I didn't know that he married Andromeda. Unless you're a classical Greek scholar, there is no way on earth that you will come away from this book thinking, "That was a waste of several millenia," because there is no way on earth that you'll know everything inside it. 

Four stars for another awesome Percy Jackson book. This series is like a zombie - it just can't die. :)

Have you read this one? Do you have a favourite Greek hero?