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Sunday Serenade: Changing

by Richard

While I’m off volunteering for the Rock Hill Ramblin’ Rose women’s only triathlon and beginning my nightmare of a road trip to Wilmington and back and then off to High Point and back, I started thinking about changes.

It was deep and profound, dudes. These thoughts.

What it basically came down to was that life is change. I know. It was much more profound in my head. Sorry.


That got me to thinking about music and changing. Which led me to The Airborne Toxic Event and that group’s hit alternative song, “Changing.” What? I never claimed to be thinking in a straight line. It’s a great song.


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Dude Review: The Lost Hero

by Richard

The ancient gods of Western civilization have withdrawn from the world following the epic events detailed in the Camp Half-Blood books, starring Percy Jackson (son of Poseidon), by author Rick Riordan.

Of course, just because the gods say they’ve withdrawn from their interactions with mortals, well, that doesn’t make it true. Knowing those gods as we do, through myth, legend and a great series of books, we can be pretty sure there’s still some godly meddling going on.

And there is.

In The Lost Hero, the first book of a new series called The Heroes of Olympus, we’re introduced to a whole bunch of new main characters, most notably Jason, a half-blood demi-god with little to no memory of his past, a strange tattoo on his arm, and a metaphorical target plastered on his back.

For now, let’s all get down on our knees and thank those self-same gods that Rick Riordan is back with another book set in the same universe as the magnificently wonderful Percy Jackson and the Olympians books. This truly is a cause for celebration. To me, the Percy Jackson books are what Harry Potter would have liked to have been if he had any ambition at all. They’re full of fantastically complex characters, fast plotting, tight action scenes and genuine emotional heft. These are books that all young dudes would love to read or have read to them.

Both my oldest (Sarcasmo) and youngest (Hyper Lad) young dudes loved these books. Zippy the Monkey Boy, who’s of the opinion that a book without pictures is a waste of paper, preferred to read the graphic novel version and leave it at that. His loss.

Anyway. Back to the book.

Riordan takes a bit of a chance with this book, consigning as he does, Percy Jackson to, if not limbo, then at least the literary equivalent thereof. That is, Percy Jackson does NOT star in these books. He’s talked about and missed, but he’s not actually on stage. The main player here is Jason, who’s memory begins on the back of a school bus on his way to a class trip with two people who may or may not be his girlfriend and best friend.

The action here is fast and furious, starting early and pausing only to let the reader catch his breath before barreling headlong into another adventure.

Jason, you see, isn’t like the other children of the gods who inhabit Camp Half Blood. In fact, his appearance at the summer camp for the children of the gods causes quite a bit of consternation among the staff there, and not a little bit of fear. But what is it about Jason’s very existence and attendance at the camp that’s causing this level of panic?

That, dudes, is the question. And it’s got a great answer. (Of course I had it figured out, but, then again, this is written with the younger dudes in mind. The fact that I and most other older dudes can enjoy it is just a happy bit of synchronicity.)

The Lost Hero is a fantastic read. If you’ve got a young dude or dudette who is even the tiniest bit interested in Greek and Roman mythology, likes fantastic adventure and well-developed characters, then you must get this book. Without question, this rates five (5) dudes out of five.

Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Then suffer along with me until the next book in the series comes out.

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Sunday Serenade: The Bug By Dire Straits

by Richard

Although the band hasn’t been heard from much lately (They probably broke up, but I’m feeling far too lazy to actually look that up. And, considering the work of looking it up would consist basically of typing a string of words into the google. . . Well, that’s lazy indeed.), Dire Straits has always been one of my favorite bands.

Led by the cool vocals and hot guitar riffs of Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits made some of the best music of the last part of the last century. It’s stuff I really, really enjoy.

Not to mention, they’ve also got some pretty cool lyrics, dude. Speaking of which, take “The Bug.” No, not an actual bug, or the webcomic Bug that I reviewed yesterday (although that was the impetus for choosing this song), but, well, the song.

It’s a great song about the ups and downs life likes to shoot at people. “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.”

Ah, so very true, dudes. So very true.

For some reason, it looks like I can’t embed a player here, so you’ll just have to click on the link and go straight to youtube. Anyway, enjoy the live version of the song.

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