Trials of Apollo- the Tower of Nero was my weekend read.
Five years and five quests later, Lester Papadopoulos has now finally reclaimed his glorious godly form as Apollo.
Rick Riordan might have had middle schoolers in mind when he created his Percy Verse. But according to me, his books are ageless just like the Harry Potter series.
There is no genre, that I don’t read. That includes YA and Children’s Books. Probably because of the reason that my reading options, as a child were limited. And also when I buy books for my children, I definitely want to know what they have just read.
As a child, I grew up reading books by Uncle Pai’s Paico Publications. I had a large collection of Amar Chithra Katha which told stories from Indian Mythology through graphic novels. My early introduction to world classics was again through Paico Classics. Those abridged versions generated interest in collecting classics, reading of which my children find quite boring. The illustrations in those Classic graphic novels were the ones that I first copied in my drawing book. Those books became the favourite universe for an introverted me. I held onto that collection till my post-graduation and I do not know what came of it. Losing them is one of the few regrets that I have.
My children, my younger one particularly, love mythology and fantasy genres. I am partial towards Rick Riordan’s mythological series due to so many reasons.
1) My first reason is his unique style of writing. It is funny and Rick was the first writer who has influenced my elder son’s writing style. His earlier blogs and stories had puns which made me chuckle and suppress giggles. Pursuing journalism has transformed his style of writing, but I still hang on to the dream that someday he would come up with a script for a movie that would give Disney a run for their money with its funs and puns.
2) Rick’s characters are raw and real. Whether it is describing their appearance or their quirks, he puts lots of detail into the narration which endears the characters to the readers.
3) The leitmotif of all his books is the fact that it is okay to be different. Whether you are dyslexic or gay or with pimples and zits you can achieve great things and you are loved.
4) His books have protagonists of all ethnicities. It started off with a dyslexic Percy as the hero. Fifteen books down the series, its characters are a cut above the rest.
5) His books emphasize teamwork and second chances. It punctuates the fact that you are not as bad as your worst mistake and there is always a way for redemption.
6) Rick celebrates family and its bonds. He has characters from broken families who have risen above their insecurities and found love and a family among friends.
7) Even if there is a hero, all characters are memorable and unique and everyone has their moments of glory. 8) I love watching my son pouring over the pages and his smiles, chortles, and snickers and the sighs while he is in Rick’s universe. For a person who loved only Wimpy Kids, it was Rick’s books who triggered my younger one’s journey into mythology and fantasy.
8) I love watching my son pouring over the pages and his smiles, chortles, and snickers and the sighs while he is in Rick’s universe. For a person who loved only Wimpy Kids, it was Rick’s books who triggered my younger one’s journey into mythology and fantasy.
I guess being a teacher helped Rick understand the psyche of children better. In his own words.
“As a middle school teacher, it was critical to me that all my students saw my classroom as a safe, supportive environment where they could be honored for who they were and express themselves without fear.“
“It’s essential to me that young readers find a variety of relatable, positive role models in my books. No child should be shamed or shunned for being different.“Rick Riordan
As of now, Rick has no plans for another series in Percy Verse. It would be a shame.
But the good news is, he is coming up with a standalone book which is Celtic –related.